Sex Slaves?

Closing thought–01Apr21

And NO this is NOT an April Fools post!

Does anyone remember that super ship that was stuck cross-wise of the Suez Canal?

I was stuck almost a week and was tying up lots of shipping traffic and mercifully it has been unstuck to resume its journey through the canal.

About now you will be asking where does the title of ‘Sex Slaves’ come into this post.

Well I am glad you asked.

Let’s begin with QAnon.

Remember those mental midgets?

Yes the very same group that was part of the breach of security at the Capitol…..the ones that believe that the California fires are started by Israeli lazers and so much more lunacy…..well they have a theory to why that ship was stuck in the canal…..

Their newest piece of manure is about Clinton Sex Slaves.

Many QAnon believers are disappointed that the massive Ever Given container ship has now been refloated after getting stuck in the Suez Canal because they believed the ship may have been used to transport Hillary Clinton’s sex slaves.

In the latest “Fever Dreams” podcast, Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer said that Q conspiracy theorists he follows latched onto the fact that the Ever Given is operated by the Evergreen Marine Corporation — and that the Secret Service codename for Hillary Clinton is apparently also “Evergreen.”

“So they were like, ‘Maybe the boat was trafficking something on behalf of Hillary Clinton, maybe the captain ran it aground as a signal,'” Sommer explained to co-host Asawin Suebsaeng. “There’s always grist in the mill that these people can draw on.”

https://www.rawstory.com/qanon-suez-canal/

I mean I am NO fan of the Clintons…..but this is really out there.

I think the Clintons are as corrupt as there comes….but this is just plain moronic.

But that is what I have come to expect coming from the Titans of Stupidity…..and those overweight in-bred followers.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

 

Can This Country Move On?

In this era of deep partisan divide the country suffers….but can it move on and return to the days when there was modest harmony that will allow the nation to move forward…..instead of stuck in the 1950s.

Maybe we could take a lesson from our Founder Father, James Madison…..(of course I will give some historic perspective…it is what I do)…..

How do we get beyond the hyper-partisanship? Lessons drawn from our preeminent constitutional founder James Madison might prove helpful.

At first blush, Madison might seem like an unlikely Sherpa to guide us on this quest. In the first place, his most famous argument, found in Federalist Number 10, teaches that “the latent causes of faction” are not situational but are rather “sown in the nature of man.” Since a factious tendency in free governments cannot be overcome, he says, we must accept “the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government.”

In the second place, Madison played no small role in establishing the first organized political party in the young republic. He first coined the phrase, the “Republican Party,” and while serving as apparatchik for the Jeffersonian Republicans, he often succumbed to the same partisan fervor we complain about today.

Yet Madison remains a valuable object lesson for these very reasons. First, it is precisely because he knew that factions could not be removed from free government that he actively sought ways to defang them to render them less destructive. Second, it is not Madison’s most partisan activities that teach us how to get beyond polarization, but rather the arc of his whole life and career. Madison’s earlier operations were one reason why the 1790s have been characterized as a “decade-long shouting match.” Yet he retired from the presidency in 1817 in what was widely regarded as an “era of good feelings.”

https://www.realclearpublicaffairs.com/articles/2021/03/18/madisons_five_lessons_for_overcoming_polarization_660476.html

CIVICS!  There is an answer.

For too long the workings of society and the government has become second class or at best an afterthought in our educational policies.

That needs to change….

Teach our children about the workings of this country….do it now.

Lastly, the question is not can we move on but rather will we?

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Will Dems Slap Down McConnell?

Minority Senate GOP leader has been very vocal and threatening to the Dems over their policies……and most seem to think he can make good on his lame ass threats.

So what can the Dems do?

well a long forgotten obscure rule could be their answer……

According to a report from Politico’s Playbook, aides to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have found an obscure rule dating back to 1974 that will allow Democrats to fund President Joe Biden’s policy initiatives in such a manner that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can’t filibuster them.

As the report notes, Congress can only use budget reconciliation once each fiscal year to fund projects with 51 votes instead of 60. Having already done so this — using reconciliation left over from fiscal year 2021 — for the passage of Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID aid package that the GOP turned its collective back on, Democrats would normally have to wait until next year to use reconciliation to fund infrastructure needs and social welfare initiatives.

However, according to Politico, Schumer believes he now can get the funding based on an obscure rule in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

“What if, buried in the rules of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, there were a magical parliamentary trick that Democrats could use to unlock a third reconciliation bill this year?” the Politico report states. “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer believes he has found it. It’s called Section 304, and you’re about to start hearing about it a lot. This section of the law that governs the congressional budgeting process essentially says that Congress may revisit and amend an already-passed budget resolution, like the one used to pass the Covid relief package. Or at least that’s what Schumer aides are arguing.”

https://www.rawstory.com/mcconnell-filibuster-2651243380/

I say do what you must to get the agenda passed those obstructionists in the GOP and the cowards that follow them in the Dem Party.

Made my thoughts known recently on the so-called filibuster…..

Kill The Filibuster

Can Policies Change?

We need something tom get bills through those Senatorial antics…..

Do what you must!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

More Biden Afghanistan Policy

I have not been thrilled with the Biden policies toward Afghanistan and the endless war…..my thoughts were written here….https://lobotero.com/2021/02/09/biden-in-afghanistan/

That ‘other guy’ that was president did something that I agreed with….in principle…..when he set a date for US troops to leave Afghanistan…..01 May…..and since Biden has been in the White House he has continuous balked at the idea of US troops leaving the country……

With the May 1 pullout date fast approaching, President Biden seems reluctant to state his actual intentions on Afghanistan. On the one hand, he says the May 1 deadline is hard to reach, but that he also “can’t picture” US troops staying beyond next year.

Those two positions combined might put the US pullout date sometime after May 1 but before 2022. If it was that simple, however, one would expect that Biden would say as much, instead of just reiterating what he doesn’t expect to do.

This gives the same impression that Biden has given on Afghanistan since taking office, that he intends to avoid making a decision for as long as possible, and avoid any political fallout with congressional hawks who’d just as soon keep the troops there.

Since making his own peace deal, President Trump had the US ahead of pace on the pullout, but having come short of finishing it by Biden’s inauguration, he left an estimated 2,500 US troops there to be withdrawn.

A small number of troops means it’s a comparatively small expense to the US, and some in Congress, like Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) are expressing comfort with just leaving the troop level as it is.

Biden would avoid fights with Congress that way, but moving beyond May will be seen as a challenge to the Taliban. Taliban officials warn that any delay is unacceptable, and that they want the US pulled out on time.

As this is going on, the US proposed a deal between Afghan government and Taliban, including an interim government. The US seems to have made this proposal to tamp down Taliban anger about the pullout delay, and to argue that the peace deal needs time serves as a justification, of sorts, for the US delays.

Yet this is an empty proposal too. With the Ghani government already having ruled out an interim government, they quickly rejected the US plan, leaving that as another open-ended question about how things might shake out.

This all leaves us totally in the dark about US intentions. This could perhaps be likened to Trump’s position in 2017, when he avoided taking a position for months before deciding on a new surge. Biden seems similarly inclined toward anything that keeps the war going, but the appearances are that he’s dragging out any announcements to avoid making it into an issue.

(antiwar.com)

Just as I and many others have continuously stated that Biden will do little to change our involvement in these endless wars…..as a matter of fact the US is pleading for an extension of the 01 May deadline……

Citing sources close to the Taliban, Afghanistan’s Tolo News reported that the Biden administration has asked the Taliban to agree to a continued US presence in Afghanistan for three or six months past May 1st.

The May 1st withdrawal deadline was set by the US-Taliban peace deal that was signed in Doha last year. While the Biden administration has yet to make an official announcement, it’s clear the US is looking to stay.

Tolo News said the Taliban has not yet made a decision on the US request and is asking that first their 7,000 prisoners should be released and that the group’s officials are removed from a UN blacklist.

(antiwar.com)

I have always said that the endless war was about cash……and here is a prime example of what I state…..

Since February 29 of 2020, the US has had a peace deal in place, intending to withdraw from Afghanistan on May 1 of 2021. The US military was always averse to that, but seems to have been basing its contracts on the idea it wouldn’t happen.

Former financial officials are warning that if the US does leave Afghanistan, either on May 1 or any time in 2021, the Pentagon would be facing down a “barrel full of lawsuits” from contracts that had not been fulfilled yet.

This is rather a flimsy excuse for dragging the war on, and such a clumsy situation to be in with the knowledge of the war’s end being public throughout, that it must inevitably be questioned if this was just many, many colossal blunders, or if the Pentagon was openly trying to contractually obligate itself to the Afghan War.

Another obvious question is why, as theses contracts kept being signed, officials weren’t raising the issue of these contractual obligations throughout 2020. At the very least, that would’ve been a chance for someone to convince them to stop making such contracts before now, which once again makes this seem nearly deliberate.

(antiwar.com)

You still do not believe that war is about the money?

A final thought on the war in Afghanistan……there is commonality between Russia and the US……

After nearly two decades of fighting, the U.S. military is facing a force of Taliban fighters that is roughly the size of the Mujahideen insurgency at the end of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

Soviet Maj. Gen. Aleksandr Lyakhovskiy, a respected historian, estimated that by the end of 1988 the Mujahideen fielded about 82,300 full-time fighters out of a total of 173,000 personnel.

Fast forward a couple of decades and a May 2020 United Nations report estimated that the Taliban have between 55,000 and 85,000 fighters, adding: “Taliban facilitators and non-combatants could bring the total figure to 100,000.”     

The Taliban’s ranks have swelled immensely since 2014, which marked the official end of the U.S. military’s combat mission in Afghanistan, said Jonathan Schroden, director of the Center for Stability and Development at CNA, a federally funded research and development center.

“When you go back to 2014, that time frame, the sort of official estimates of Taliban size you can find quoted openly by U.S. officials was in the 20-30,000 range,” Schroden said. “Certainly since then, it’s just continued to grow.”

20 years into the War in Afghanistan, the US is in the same position as the Soviets when they lost

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”