Congress–WTF?

Closing Thought–28Aug20

I read the other day about a bill that sailed through the Congress for money to be sent to Israel….

It made me say out loud…WTF?

The US is sending almost $4 billion to Israel for their defense.

Again—WTF?

Pro-Israel group thanks an array of Democrats and Republicans for authorizing funding, saying the money ‘will help Israel protect itself against continuing security threats’

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee praised the Senate and the House of Representatives for authorizing $3.8 billion in defense assistance for Israel.

The pro-Israel lobbying group thanked an array of Democrats and Republicans in Congress for shepherding through the funding this week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, saying the money “will help Israel protect itself against continuing security threats.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/aipac-praises-3-8b-in-israel-defense-assistance-after-it-sails-through-congress/

Is Israel not strong enough to defend itself from protesters with rocks?

If Israel cannot defend itself why do the American taxpayer have to pay for their defense?

If they cannot make their own way in this world then they deserve to perish.

Any debt that the US owes Israel was paid in full over the last 60 years….time for them to stand on their own two feet or fall on their face….

The US should not have to pay Israel a dime….it is money pissed away with NO redeeming qualities.

When will Americans start demanding that Israel stay out of our politics and our government…..they have had a free hand in both for too many goddam years.  Time for them to focus on settling their problems and stay away from our politicians…..and those same politicians that take money from Israel should be banned from Congress and political life forever.

Israel is NO friend to the US…..they use us and our money for evil…..time for that to stop!

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2020 GOP Convention–Day 4

Three down and one final day for the RNC and the GOP give a scenario for a united and secure nation….(spoiler alert:  they failed)

Tonight Trump will officially accept the nomination of the GOP as the candidate for president in 2020…..but not before the array of ass kissers……

Let me close down the posts on this convention…..broadcast news is sparse for the Hurricane has sucked all the oxygen out of news reports other than the storm.

And the night went like this…..

President Trump closed out the Republican National Convention Thursday night by formally accepting the Republican nomination for president, which he did from the White House—the AP calls this the first political convention ever to be held there, and CNN notes Trump’s was one of the longest acceptance speeches ever given. The end of the evening also included fireworks on the National Mall (some of them spelling out “Trump” and “2020”) and a performance by opera singer Christopher Macchio from the Blue Room balcony. Among Trump’s acceptance speech pledges was to put the first woman on the moon, a promise he made after touting his administration’s commitment to space exploration. More from his speech and the rest of the convention’s final night:

  • Trump’s speech lasted more than 70 minutes, NBC News reports. As expected, it also included digs on Joe Biden (he called him a “Trojan horse for socialism,” among other things), calls for law and order (he said “mob rule” must never be allowed), and a rosy outlook on the coronavirus pandemic and coming vaccine.
  • Others aligned with law enforcement also spoke during the night, and echoed Trump’s calls for law and order and the end of violent protests.
  • The AP reports hundreds of protesters gathered near the White House for a “noise demonstration and dance party,” hoping to drown out Trump’s speech, but there was no indication Trump heard them.
  • Trump was introduced by daughter Ivanka, who worked to humanize the president in her speech. “I recognize that my dad’s communication style is not to everyone’s taste. And I know his tweets can feel a bit unfiltered,” she said. But “I’ve been with my father and I’ve seen the pain in his eyes when he receives updates on the lives that have been stolen by this plague.”
  • Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, suggested that Black Lives Matter, along with antifa, is pushing Biden to “execute their pro-criminal, anti-police policies” and had “hijacked the protests into vicious, brutal riots.” The AP fact-checks this (there’s no evidence of Giuliani’s claim), as well as several other claims made during the night, here.
  • Alice Johnson, the grandmother whose drug sentence was commuted by Trump said his criminal justice reforms are “just getting started” and that his First Step Act “brought joy, hope and freedom to thousands of well-deserving people.”
  • Housing Secretary Ben Carson, the highest-ranking Black member of the Trump administration, offered his sympathies to the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • UFC head Dana White said Trump is the man to get the economy back on track after it was ravaged by the pandemic; he specifically mentioned the president’s commitment to bringing back sports safely.
  • Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said, per the Hill, that Biden has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
  • One line from Mitch McConnell: The Democrats “want to tell you what kind of car you can drive. What sources of information are credible. And even how many hamburgers you can eat.” That’s a reference to the mistaken belief that proponents of the Green New Deal would limit beef consumption.

For me the most memorable moment or should I say “line”……

“I stand before you tonight honored by your support, proud of the extraordinary progress we have made together over the last four incredible years and brimming with confidence for the bright future we will build for America over the next four years,” he said. Think of Trump’s speech as the sequel to his 2016 acceptance speech, in which he memorably declared, “I alone can fix it.”

Trump did nothing but move his mouth…..his rambling talk went on for over an hour……and hour that none of us can ever get back…..but beyond that he talked and yet said nothing to give the voter confidence that the country can be saved from itself.

Where were the deficit hawks?  Fiscal conservs were NO where to be heard.

According to CNN’s Chirs Cillizza…..

Now, there’s an element of this sort of gush-fest in every political convention. The goal of these four-day affairs is to shape an image of the president (or presidential nominee) that is appealing to the broadest swath of people. Voters, as history has repeatedly proven, tend to pick a president based in large part on how that person makes them feel. Are they proud of that president? Does he seem like the sort of person who understands their hopes, fears and desires? All that sort of stuff.

But never before — at least in the modern history of politics — have we seen a party that is so dedicated to blindly following a president, and abandoning many of the bedrock principles upon which it once stood. There was nary a word on Monday night about the ballooning federal deficit. The social conservative wing of the party was also practically nonexistent.

Mercifully the GOP Convention is over……and now the real circus begins in earnest.

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QAnon–WTF Is QAnon?

Holy crap in the last couple of years the media has been reporting on QAnon this and QAnon that….mainly because Trump seems to have this love affair going on with this far Right group of idiots.

You see he thinks they like him and that is all it takes for praise…..

President Trump addressed the QAnon conspiracy theory for the first time Wednesday—and he offered what the Hill calls “measured praise” for supporters of a fringe group labeled a potential domestic terrorist threat by the FBI. “I don’t know much about the movement besides that they like me very much, which I appreciate,” Trump said during a White House press briefing, per Politico. He described QAnon followers as “people that don’t like seeing what’s going in places like Portland and Chicago” and added: “I heard these are people that love our country.” Trump has previously ignored questions about the conspiracy theory, Fox reports. Last week, Trump praised Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has expressed support for QAnon, after she won a GOP primary runoff in Georgia.

The Guardian reports that Trump “replied flippantly” when a reporter told him QAnon followers believe he is “secretly saving the world from this Satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals.” “Is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing?” Trump said. “If I can help save the world from problems, I am willing to do it. I’m willing to put myself out there.” Analysts say the president’s remarks are likely to embolden QAnon followers. “Condemning this movement should not be difficult,” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, tells the New York Times. “It’s downright dangerous when a leader not only refuses to do so, but also wonders whether what they are doing is ‘a good thing.'”

Donald the Orange loves this group…….but what do you know about QAnon?

We hear about them every week or so but what is actually known?  Has any of the media attempted to explain what or who this group of racist extremists are?

Well if not then you may depend on the Old Professor to fill in some blanks….

QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that says that President Trump is waging a secret war against elite Satan-worshipping paedophiles in government, business and the media.

QAnon believers have speculated that this fight will lead to a day of reckoning where prominent people such as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be arrested and executed.

That’s the basic story, but there are so many offshoots, detours and internal debates that the total list of QAnon claims is enormous – and often contradictory. Adherents draw in news events, historical facts and numerology to develop their own far-fetched conclusions.

https://www.bbc.com/news/53498434

But for this that need visuals then there is a short video…..

“I don’t know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate,” Trump said in the White House briefing room.

Is QAnon coming to your church?

It’s a rough time to be a pastor. An election year, national racial unrest and a global pandemic each challenged the usual methods of ministry. Taken together, many church leaders are facing the traditional post-vacation ingathering season with a serious case of burnout.

But there’s another challenge that pastors I spoke with say is on the rise in their flocks. It is taking on the power of a new religion that’s dividing churches and hurting Christian witness.

Mark Fugitt, senior pastor of Round Grove Baptist Church in Miller, Missouri, recently sat down to count the conspiracy theories that people in his church are sharing on Facebook. The list was long. It included claims that 5G radio waves are used for mind control; that George Floyd’s murder is a hoax; that Bill Gates is related to the devil; that masks can kill you; that the germ theory isn’t real; and that there might be something to Pizzagate after all.

“You don’t just see it once,” said Fugitt. “If there’s ever anything posted, you’ll see it five to 10 times. It’s escalating for sure.”

QAnon: The alternative religion that’s coming to your church

Now you have a good grasp at what QAnon is and what it is all about….now time to fight these toads back into the obscurity they deserve.

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To Resurrect A Sea

Now there is an interesting title and could lead to so many different directions….but my direction is the Aral Sea in Central Asia.

This was the fourth largest lake in the world…. located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia…..

This “Sea” has lost some of its mass during the days of the USSR…..The Aral Sea and its demise are of great interest and increasing concern to scientists because of the remarkable shrinkage of its area and volume that began in the second half of the 20th century—when the region was part of the Soviet Union—and continued into the 21st. That change resulted primarily because of the diversion (for purposes of irrigation) of the riverine waters of the Syr Darya (ancient Jaxartes River) in the north and the Amu Darya (ancient Oxus River) in the south, which discharged into the Aral Sea and were its main sources of inflowing water.

Aral Sea

For those interested….this is a fine history of the Sea from antiquity to modernity…..http://www.cawater-info.net/aral/aral0_e.htm

I am writing this p0st because thanks to global efforts this all but dead Sea is making a comeback in a big way……

Kissing the borders of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the North Aral Sea is experiencing an ecological resurgence following a long period of decline.

In 2005, a $86 million project from the World Bank made repairs to dykes and paid for the construction of an eight-mile dam.

This project raised water levels of the sea by 11-feet in just seven months—going far beyond scientists’ hopes of a rise over three years.

The Kokaral Dam’s erection south of the Syr Darya River has proven to be the catalyst in an incredible resurgence of local fish stocks. Beyond this great news for local fishing communities, the sea’s recovery has also led to a reduction in local disease rates from formerly-contaminated drinking water.

Once the fourth-largest freshwater lake on Earth, starting in the 1960s the Aral Sea shrank dramatically after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects—so much that it split into the North and South Aral Seas.

Once Left For Dead, The Aral Sea Is Now Brimming With Life Thanks to Global Collaboration

For Further Reading:

http://www.columbia.edu/~tmt2120/introduction.htm

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