Dept. Of Navy You Have A Problem

Closing Thought–27Aug20

No I am not talking about all the problems it has within the SEALs…this problem is one of sex trafficking by members of the Navy.

I covered this when it was first reported in June of this year…..https://lobotero.com/2020/06/22/tinker-sailor-hooker-pimp/

And the problem seems to be persisting……

The Navy has seen an uptick in cases of sailors and Marines involved in human smuggling over the past year, a Navy official told Task & Purpose this week.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service “had an increase in documented cases involving human smuggling in fiscal years 2019-2020,” said Navy spokesman Ensign Mohammad Issa, though he added that “during the last five years, there have been less than 30 total documented human smuggling cases” within the Navy and Marine Corps.

The service made the disclosure when asked by Task & Purpose whether there had been an increase in human smuggling after a number of cases in Southern California made national headlines.

Much of the increase can likely be attributed to Marines at Camp Pendleton, where investigators uncovered a human smuggling ring of two dozen active-duty service members in July 2019 after two enlisted Marines were arrested by Border Patrol agents with three immigrants in their backseat while driving in Jacumba Springs, a small desert town on the U.S.-Mexico border.

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/navy-human-smuggling-increase

American service people engaged in a form of slavery…..can it go more disgusting than that?

Can we blame globalization for this rise in human trafficking?

I posted on this as well…..https://lobotero.com/2020/08/24/globalization-and-the-sex-trade/

I know many see globalization as the root of all modern evil…..greed, corruption and slavery of one type or another seem to be the only things globalization has accomplished in the long run.

Any thoughts?

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2020 GOP Convention–Day 3

***News Flash–Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana….only good thing is that it made land in a sparsely populated area….this limited the deadly surge from doing much harm***

There have been two nights down and two more to go…..so far I have seen NOTHING that would give me hope that Trump will be a better president if given a second term.

Two days of ass kissing and lies…and two more waiting in the wings….and the Old Professor is watching and writing…..

Night #3 is in the can and what was the third night like from the sidelines?

President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara spoke Wednesday at the third night of the Republican National Convention, attributing this quote to Abraham Lincoln: “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” The problem, as the Week explains, is Lincoln never said that; it’s been debunked multiple times, with one historian calling it a “corruption” of an actual Lincoln quote about “the perpetuation of our political institutions.” Another misstatement came from Sister Dede Byrne, a member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, who said, per CNN, that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are “the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide.” But infanticide is the killing of a baby after its birth, which is illegal and not the same as abortion. More from the evening, which was capped by Mike Pence formally accepting the vice presidential nomination:

  • Kellyanne Conway did in fact speak, despite the recent announcement she’ll be leaving her role at the White House at the end of the month. She, as well as what Politico calls a “host” of other females, worked to “humanize” the president and highlight his treatment of women. “For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men.”
  • South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem also spoke about Lincoln, saying, “He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?” She also said Republicans treat people “as Martin Luther King, Jr. wished—according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”
  • In reference to the response to the coronavirus pandemic, Sen. Marsha Blackburn said, “If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like Communist China to me—maybe that’s why Joe Biden is so soft on them.”
  • Speaking of China, Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who has long spoken out against Beijing, said, “The US must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law, to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop China’s aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future.”
  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told the story of how “blown away” she was by Trump’s phone call before she got a double mastectomy . “Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make,” she said. “But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children’s future, was the easiest.”
  • Lou Holtz, former head football coach for Notre Dame, called Biden “Catholic in name only” as he denounced the Democratic candidate’s support for abortion rights.
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik referenced Trump’s impeachment trial: “This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you—your voice and your vote.”
  • At the last minute, an appearance by the CEO of Goya Foods was canceled due to what organizers called “a logistical problem.” Some boycotted the food company after its CEO expressed support for Trump.
  • Fox 10 Phoenix says that, when compared to the first two nights of the convention, Wednesday’s program was “low energy, with no major headline speaker beside the vice president and few boldface names. And it lacked some of the production elements that had made previous nights memorable, including slickly produced videos and surprise announcements, such as an unexpected presidential pardon and a citizenship ceremony.”
  • Before her husband spoke, second lady Karen Pence offered a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, per the AP. The amendment granted many women (overwhelmingly, white women) the right to vote.
  • In his own speech, Pence promised he and Trump would “make America great again, again.” He also promised a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months: “Last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming,” he said. “Well, what Joe doesn’t seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. And I’m proud to report that we’re on track to have the world’s first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year.”
  • He echoed Trump’s calls for law and order, and decried Biden for saying there is “systemic racism” and an “implicit bias” against people of color in America. “The American people know we don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with African American neighbors to improve the quality of life in our cities and towns,” he said. “The hard truth is … you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America. Let me be clear: The violence must stop—whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha.” He added: “Law and order are on the ballot. … The choice in this election is whether America remains America.” Trump joined him on stage to close out the night, then mingled with the crowd at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry without wearing masks, per CNN.
  • Trump is, of course, due to formally accept the Republican presidential nomination Thursday during the convention’s final night, though Conway acknowledged to reporters that Hurricane Laura’s impact on the Gulf Coast could force a postponement. Campaign organizers say no changes are currently planned.

Pence gave a speech that is given at every GOP Convention……it was boring and a snooze……not the controversy of the second night but a night that could have been mailed in…..the dog whistle issue of Law and Order…..do not address the unrest just need for more cops to keep doing the same things over and over…..I will say that for those with the IQ of a garden slug it is a winning issue.

I have heard nothing in 3 nights that speaks to an inclusive party…they talk only to their slobbering supporters,…the rest of us be damned!

Laura approaches the coast and that is the biggest story of the night…..not much new was ever talked about during the course of the  night…..

I personally still have not heard anything that I think would be good for the country or that would give me a reason to support the GOP

Three down and one more (mercifully) left to go……and the big night when Trump speaks to his adoring supporters.

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To Prevent Voter Fraud

For years we have been hearing Donald the Orange go on and on about voter fraud….and before him there was the GOP rattling on about it as well…..on and on…..and no serious fraud has ever been located in all the so-called investigations…..but it continues and it continues to be pure bollocks.

Now that he, Donald, is president he is determine to make anyone that does not vote for him as a illegitimate vote….first it was to call into question mail-in voting….and now he wants to send in military.police to polling stations….

President Trump is threatening to send law enforcement to polling places for the upcoming presidential election, part of a growing pattern of rhetoric in which he has suggested that he wants to make it harder for Americans to vote, the AP reports. During an interview Thursday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity as part of the counter-programming for the Democratic National Convention, Trump suggested he’d bring in both federal and local law enforcement. The president has repeatedly asserted, without evidence, that there will be widespread voter fraud this November. “We’re going to have everything,” he said. “We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re going to hopefully have US attorneys … But it’s very hard.”

But federal law prohibits sending “any troops or armed men” to any polling place in the country, and any effort to send them is a criminal offense punishable by up to five years in prison. One caveat: Troops can be sent in “to repel armed enemies of the United States” during voting. The law would also bar the president from sending in nonmilitary law enforcement if they are armed. Most marshals and FBI agents usually are. The Justice Department routinely conducts monitoring of polling places on Election Day with both federal observers, who are generally allowed inside polling places without written permission, as well as prosecutors and some FBI agents to ensure compliance with federal voting-rights laws.

But can he do this?

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, told ABC News the president can’t give orders to local sheriffs and can’t send federal forces into polling places.

“There’s no law that I’m aware of that permits, or that would authorize, the president to deploy federal law enforcement or military or anything like that for domestic use in and around in or around polling places,” Ho told ABC News. “Just checking someone’s ID at the door doesn’t really do anything from an election security perspective — from a voter intimidation perspective, I can see how having law enforcement ask people for IDs when you’re entering into a polling location could be intimidating.”

But we do have an presidential ass kisser in the DoJ…will he MAKE it legal?

Are we becoming a new “Banana Republic” under the rule of Donald the Orange?

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Not By China!

The US is the arms dealer to the world…..and we will NOT tolerate anyone trying to horn in on our monopoly in arms.

Recently the US learned that Serbia is thinking of buying some defensive missiles from China…..

Interested in modernizing their defense systems, Serbia reports they are interested in the Chinese-made FK-3, a medium-range air defense model made for export. This would be a second purchase by Serbia from China, who just sold them some attack drones.

It makes sense for Serbia to be interested, because China is the low-cost solution. The US was mad about the drones, and is even madder about the air defense, warning Serbia that this could cost them EU membership if they go through with it.

Serbia insists no final decision has been made, and it’s not clear the US warning is sincere, let alone that the EU would listen to the US opinion on membership for Serbia. It’s unlikely this would be a real obstacle, even if the US gets mad.

Serbia probably doesn’t have an alternative, either, with US options probably too expensive for them. US anger is probably more going to be for China getting a foothold in Europe in the first place.

(antiwar.com)

One question…why is it okay for the US to sell their implements of destruction to the world but not for China to do so as well?

What happen to the idea of a “free market”?

Is the US admitting that the idea of “free markets” is a total lie and nothing more than a slogan to discard when it suits those using it?

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