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World War I Still Haunts America

We are in the middle of remembering World War One…..the war that created the world as we know it today.

The US was Johnny Come Lately to the War, the war began in 1914 and we entered in 1917….

This is an interesting article from the Future of Freedom Foundation, a bit of a Libertarian lean to it…….

This year is the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s pulling America into World War I. Many people celebrate this centenary of America’s emergence as a world power. But at a time when the Trump administration is bombing or rattling sabers at half a dozen nations and many Democrats are clamoring to bloody Russia, it is worth reviewing how World War I turned out so much worse than the experts and politicians promised.

Wilson was narrowly reelected in 1916 on the basis of a campaign slogan, “He kept us out of war.” But Wilson had massively violated neutrality by providing armaments and money to the Allied powers that had been fighting Germany since 1914. At the same time, he had no quarrel with the British blockade that was slowly starving the German people. In his April 1917 speech to Congress seeking a declaration of war against Germany, he hailed the U.S. government as “one of the champions of the rights of mankind” and proclaimed that “the world must be made safe for democracy.”

Source: How World War I Still Haunts America – The Future of Freedom Foundation

The study of war is vital these days….the understanding of conflict is a necessity if we are to avoid the carnage of the world wars.

Americans are not as interested in World War One as they are World War Two…..but they should be because it was the harbinger of things to come…..and still is…….

Closing Thought–16Oct17

Ever since his ride down the escalator in Trump Central back in the day I have though there was something off about Mr. Trump.  His constant ,mash ups with this person or that….his constant battling people in his own party and his nastiness towards Americans in general.

He seem to be losing it and only after 274 days in office….but do not take my word for it….

President Trump might be launching a new hunt for White House leakers soon because a lot of them seem to have spoken to Vanity Fair—and the picture they paint of the president’s state of mind is alarming. The sources say Trump is “unstable” and “unraveling” after setbacks including legislative failures and the Alabama GOP primary loss of Trump-backed Sen. Luther Strange, which they say has deeply affected the president. “Alabama was a huge blow to his psyche,” a source described as a “person close to Trump” says. “He saw the cult of personality was broken.”

Two other sources tell Vanity Fair that Trump raged to longtime aide Keith Schiller: “I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them.” Schiller, Trump’s security chief for many years, left his White House position last month. Republican sources say John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, has been doing his best to limit access to Trump—a policy that has left Trump frustrated. The insiders say Kelly hates his job but has stuck around to prevent Trump making “disastrous decisions.” The White House denied the Vanity Fair report, saying: “The president’s mood is good and his outlook on the agenda is very positive.”

How far will he take this minor “breakdown”?   How far will this go?  Hell even Bannon has said that Trump has less that a 70% chance of finishing his first term…..

Maybe it is time for some professional help…..

Only A Matter Of Time

There has been so much macho banter between Trump and Kim these days that it could get damn right boring.

Between “fury and fire” to Kim’s latest, “US should be tamed with fire”….that is is only a matter of time before one of these jabs hits a nerve and some moron unleashes that which most NEVER be unleashed.

Right now the US and South Korea are having their military exercises off the Coast of the Korean Peninsula……in a show of strength and intimation toward North Korea has gotten Li’l kim’s dander up….

North Korea is once again threatening to launch missiles toward Guam, the New York Times reports. The US territory is in the crosshairs this time over a joint naval exercise being held by the US and South Korea and scheduled to start Monday in the waters around South Korea. “We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense, including a salvo of missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam,” says Kim Kwang-Hak, a researcher at the Institute for American Studies at the North Korea Foreign Ministry. “The US military action hardens our determination that the US should be tamed with fire and lets us take our hand closer to the ‘trigger.'” While the US maintains the exercise, like previous ones, is defensive, North Korea sees it as practice for an invasion.

Asked about North Korea on Friday, President Trump said, “We’re totally prepared for numerous things,” the Los Angeles Times reports. He added: “We’re going to see what happens.” A day earlier, John Kelly said North Korea’s potential ability to hit the US with missiles should concern Americans, according to CNN. “Let’s hope that diplomacy works,” the chief of staff said. Despite earlier comments, Trump also said Friday that he’s “open” to negotiation. “But if it’s going to be something other than negotiation, believe me, we are ready—moreso than we have ever been,” the president added.

People like me keep trying to bring attention to the problems that all this bluster could produce…..and the GOP seems determined that something be done…..weapons wise…..and they are gaining in support for the use of these weapons….

Even as Bob Corker, one of the most prominent members of the Republican caucus in the Senate, continues to sound the alarm about President Trump’s rhetoric about North Korea, a new poll says nearly half of his party’s voters support a preemptive strike against the country. In a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, 46% of Republican voters say they support attacking North Korea, while 41% are opposed to a preemptive strike, the Washington Post reports. Those numbers come after months of amped-up rhetoric between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Pyongyang’s nuclear testing. During a speech at the United Nations last month, Trump said the US would have no choice but to “totally destroy” North Korea “if it is forced to defend itself or its allies.”

In general, American voters oppose a preemptive strike 62% to 26%. In addition, a large majority of the country doesn’t trust Trump to handle the situation with North Korea at all, Newsweek reports. Rather, voters say, by a margin of 65% to 28%, that they have confidence in “top national security and diplomatic officials” to handle the situation. “Voters don’t have confidence in President Donald Trump to handle North Korea, but they’re hoping other members of the Trump team will step up,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, says.

Then the SecState weighs in on the situation…..

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has continued with his same public narrative on North Korea over the weekend, insisting that the US is committed to trying to solve the situation diplomatically, and will remain committed “until the first bomb drops.”

Forgive me but I was under the impression that the SecState’s job was to see that the bombs Do Not drop…..none of this rhetoric is doing anything to calm the situation (maybe that is the plan all along)….

None of this is very promising for a peaceful conclusion to all this verbal hostility…..thank goodness there are still a few that have a clear mind and are not swayed by diatribes.

We can only pray that these sane individuals will prevail.

Disrespect Our Soldiers?

There is so much stuff out there but the one that irks me the most is the fake crap about how people are disrespecting out troops….and then he does not know protocol of those troops….

After he had repeatedly railed against professional athletes over perceived slights to the American flag and military, President Donald Trump joked on Wednesday about a bugle call that is part of the armed forces’ time-honored tradition of showing respect for the Stars and Stripes.

The bugle call occurred during Trump’s interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, conducted in an airplane hangar used by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in Harrisburg and before the president’s address on tax revision.

“What a nice sound that is. Are they playing that for you or for me?” Trump said before turning to the audience. “They’re playing that in honor of his ratings,” he added, referring to the popularity of Hannity’s news program.

Trump went back to speaking about economic growth as several audience members behind him stood up. The bugle call was “Retreat,” which signifies the lowering of the American flag on a military installation. Although Trump attended a military high school, the commander in chief appeared unaware of the music’s meaning.

That All-American Burger

A nice Sunday and the perfect day for Chuq burger on the grill….

Chuq Burger….9oz of ground sirloin….a touch of Chuq’s grilling mixture (top secret recipe) and a dash of Worcestershire sauce…..perfect patty with a thumb indention……..a blazing hot grill….cook 4 minutes first side flip and 3 minutes (depends on the fire temps will vary)) and onto a potato bun toasted…..mayo and some brown mustard…..now eat!

The lettuce, tomato and onion is a salad and belongs on the side with a bit of blue cheese dressing.  Been known to put cheese on my burger…depends on my mood….sharp cheddar or Havarti or Muenster…..depends on the mood.

I bring this up because of the title “all-American burger”…..so this opens this post up for something I do enjoy (besides a good burger)….a history lesson (I heard those heavy sighs)…..

As with any icon, the history of the hamburger is a long and sordid tale, from the minced meat that Mongol horsemen gnawed on during conquests to the iconic patty’s much-contested state-fair beginnings. Like most American foods, the burger has immigrant roots—meaty prototypes sailed over from Germany in the mid–19th century. But it became the sandwich we know and love today through all-American innovation. Dig into the archives and brush up on your hamburger history.

Source: The history of the hamburger: An American invention

I have made a “burger” out of a wide array of meats over the years….pork, turkey (not even close to a fave), goat, buffalo and veal….but nothing beats a good beef burger…….something about the smell when cooking and the taste fresh off the grill….

Now that I have made myself even hungrier than I was before I started it is time to make all ready for the meal…..

Please have a good day….and enjoy a good meal….see you guys Monday for more of the wonky stuff…..just not as much….LOL  chuq

Hiding In Plain Sight

Saturday and I am getting myself ready for some news from my doctor……

SO that lead me to think about some of theories of the destruction of the planet….if you are a fan of the Ancient Aliens theory (of which I am not) then you know all about the mysterious planet….Niburu or Planet X….

Many people think these “conspiracist” are out of their minds……….but some news that hit thw wires last week nay give their crazy theories new legs…..

Astronomically inclined conspiracy theorists have long been predicting the Earth’s demise in a collision with a rogue planet called “Niburu” or “Planet X” biding its time out of sight somewhere in the solar system, CNET reports. In fact, Niburu was “supposed” to crash into Earth just last month. And while death-by-planet remains unlikely, the existence of an undiscovered planet in our solar system is now almost a certainty, according to NASA. Planetary astrophysicist Konstantin Batygin and professor Mike Brown set out to disprove the existence of a hidden planet a few years ago and, ironically, ended up finding convincing evidence for the existence of what they call “Planet Nine.”

The main evidence for Planet Nine comes from its “gravitational footprint,” but it’s convincing enough that Batygin says the solar system makes a lot more sense with the hidden planet than without it, Space.com reports. Planet Nine is believed to be 10 times more massive than Earth and located about 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune. From its position in the far reaches of the solar system, it has tilted and reversed the orbits of objects in the Kuiper Belt, according to Batygin and Brown. It also may be the reason the orbits of the planets are slightly off from the sun’s equator. Finally, Planet Nine could be the “super Earth” frequently found orbiting other stars but “conspicuously absent” around ours. Oh, and NASA wants conspiracy theorists to know Planet Nine, if it exists, is staying far away from Earth.

There you are….your astronomical news…..whatcha think?