Will We Ever Learn?

 Posted by at 1:56 pm  Politics
Aug 222017
 

Last night, while I was in the shower (thank God!), Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten finally announced his Afghanistan policy (sort of).  Fortunately he did not adopt Bannon’s plan to give the war to Erik Prince, former CEO of Blackwater, the GOP SS.  Bannon wanted to privatize the war for $30 billion a year, before cost overruns.  Unfortunately, Trump appears to be letting McMasters call the shots.  To a general, the universal solutions to all problems are troops and more troops.  It has been a no-win war for years.

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On Monday night, President Trump did what the last two presidents before him did: he doubled down on the war in Afghanistan. Unlike Obama, however, Trump offered no timeline for withdrawal.

“Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on,” he told the nation.

There are currently 9,800 troops serving in Afghanistan. We don’t know how many more Trump is sending. We don’t know how long they’ll be there. And we don’t know what victory even means at this point.

To get a sense of where we are in Afghanistan, I reached out Laurel Miller, who until very recently was America’s leading diplomat in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She led the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan for roughly four years. After her office was abruptly closed by the State Department in July, she returned to her previous position as an analyst at the RAND Corporation.

I asked her straightforwardly if there’s a path to victory in Afghanistan and, if not, why US troops are still fighting and dying there. I also asked her how she thinks this conflict will end. While she’s unsure about the latter question, her answer to the first was one was crystal clear.

Military victory is not plausible in any foreseeable time frame,” she told me, “and what we’re doing now isn’t sustainable.”… [emphasis added]

From <Vox>

Click through to read their complete conversation.

Now trump did say that, when out troops open their hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry and no tolerance for hate.  In a nutshell, that means that all are welcome to be cannon fodder, but when it comes to getting benefits afterward, and especially when it comes to voting while black or brown, that’s a different thing altogether.

Lawrence O’Donnell discussed it.

Withdrawing takes time.  These were my words over six years ago.

GW ChickenHawk got the US into Afghanistan under the pretense of counter-terrorism.  He did not tell us that his true intent was to wrest control of gas in the Stans … from Russia, by building a pipeline through Afghanistan to Karachi.  He installed a Unocal employee as puppet President and committed the US to a war of nation building.  Because that puppet, Hamid Karzai is so corrupt, that war is doomed to fail and Obama has been wrong to continue it…

…Realistically logistics dictate that if we start withdrawing troops now, bringing them and their equipment home will take between one and two years.  The time to start is now.

Afghanistan’s present government is just as corrupt.  My opinion is unchanged.

RESIST!!

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Aug 212017
 

I’m hurrying to get this posted to give God time to respond to the prayer in today’s cartoon.  I’ll publish the lead article this afternoon.  I’m so ready for my shower!

Later:  God has made his intentions clear.  RESIST!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:31 (average 6:24).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Resistance Summer Cookout

 

Kudos! Not all of us can do the same things, but we must all do what we can to RESIST!!

From Washington Post: A frantic search continued Monday for 10 sailors missing after a collision between a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker three times its size off Singapore.

Meanwhile, The U.S. Navy pushed ahead with investigations into the “the facts and circumstances” of the collision involving the USS John S. McCain — the second such incident between a U.S. warship and commercial vessel in the Pacific region this summer.

The John S. McCain arrived at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore, and photos showed a large hole in its side at the waterline. More than 14 hours after the collision, there had been no word of any progress with the hunt for the missing sailors.

Thoughts and prayers for the injured and families of the dead sailors. Could Republican incompetence be trickling down to Captains so fast? RESIST!!

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Trump defends neo-Nazis, as seen previously On Fox News

 

Since all the hate Trump spewed Tuesday came directly from Religious Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, it is clear that hate, Nazism, racism, and white supremacy are not just Trump problems. They are Republican problems. RESIST!!

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Aug 052017
 

Yesterday’s high was 101°, 6° hotter than forecast, and breaking another all time record for the date, in addition to smoke.  Today is the "cool" day, with only 93° forecast.  We may have a week in the 80s°, starting a week from tomorrow.  Even giving myself a whore’s bath daily, I can’t stand myself.  Squatch had better hide, because we have a south wind.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:39 (average 6:44).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Breach of Trust

 

Kudos to Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zuklunft, who refuses to break faith with trans service people. RESIST!!

From Think Progress: After the transcript leaked, a panel on an Australian news show devolved into laughter while talking about the conversation Turnbull and Trump had in February. On the call, Turnbull argues that Trump should honor an Obama-era deal that the U.S. would consider taking refugees from Manus Island and Nauru.

 

Dang! A news show host couldn’t say that here!! They were way too king to Trump! RESIST!!

From TPM: The National Rifle Association continued a streak of publishing decidedly aggressive video content Thursday.

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Frankly, I think the gray lady will serve these fascist Republican Ammosexuals their own asses on a silver platter. RESIST!!

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We have not had a Republican in the White House that wasn’t a fascist since IKE, with the possible exception of Ford.

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Jul 262017
 

It’s been a very hectic day.  It began at 4:30 AM, when a resident on my floor fell asleep while cooking and started a minor cooking fire.  It wasn’t bad enough to evacuate me, but when I heard the alarm, I got up, opened my door, and smelled smoke.  I had to get dressed, pop on George, and prepare for evacuation, just in case.  Jason, my tech, can’t come until Saturday.  His car has a blown transmission, and the shop is looking for parts.  It’s a ’98 Volvo.  I’m waiting for a grocery delivery from Store to Door.  They told me they had reduced my driver’s route, and that I can expect delivery between 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, instead of between 1:00 and 3:00 PM.  It’s 11:45, and they haven’t come yet.  Needless to say, I’m pooped.  They arrived just before Noon, and groceries are put away!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:50 (average 5:20).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (GQ channel): The Republicans Are Bailing on Trump | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

This a rare occasion in which I disagree with Keith. While some Republicans are whining and bitching to cover their butts, but that’s a long way from bailing on the Fuhrer. That won’t happen until it’s so bas that they see themselves about to be tarred, feathered and driven from office.  Republicans in Nixon’s day were a far better breed of criminal. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): President Donald Trump Blocks Transgender People From Serving in Military

 

I don’t see why transgender people can’t join the service, when transspecies monsters have joined Trump’s administration. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: In an extraordinary rebuke of the President of the United States, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. have obtained a restraining order against Donald J. Trump.

The order, which the Girls Scouts were granted on Monday night, prevents Trump from coming within three hundred feet of any gathering of the Scouts’ organization.

Carol Foyler, a Girl Scouts spokesperson, said that while the G.S.U.S.A. sought the restraining order “out of an abundance of caution,” the girls themselves were “in no way, shape or form” afraid of President Trump.

“They’re prepared to deal with bobcats and bears,” she said. “They can handle a malignant narcissist.”

It’s a good thing they did, Andy. Otherwise, Putin’s Pervert would probably grope them. RESIST!!

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Jun 292017
 

I’m sorry to say that the heat is returning.  Although today’s forecast is only 82°, the sun hit the outside wall at 6:00 AM, and by 8:00, I had to close the windows, lower the blinds, and turn on the AC.  It’s another muggy day.  Speaking of muggy, I put in the mug order last night.  Lona’s is the first I’ve customized, since my eye cancer surgery.  I hope I lined everything up right.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:17 (average 4:55).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From The Rachel Maddow Show: Scientist says EPA asked her to change testimony to Congress

Deborah Swackhamer, chair of the E.P.A.’s Board of Scientific Counselors, talks with Rachel Maddow about the pressure she received from an EPA official to change her congressional testimony and how the EPA’s outside scientific review board has been "decimated."

 

Kudos to Deborah Swackhamer. She ought to take that hammer and swack Scott Pruitt upside the head. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Foreign-born recruits who signed up for the military with the promise of U.S. citizenship in exchange for their service are finally getting their thanks in the form of deportation. MAGA.

According to a new report, the Pentagon is considering ending the contracts of a large number of foreign-born recruits in the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program—which puts service members with foreign-language and other speciality [sic] skills on an expedited path to citizenship—due to an “overtasked vetting process and heightened security risk.”

But according to one former official, this can be something as innocuous as having a foreign relative, which would be expected of a foreign-born applicant in the first place. And due to the fact that the federal government already has so much of their personal information on file, many of these recruits would be “prime targets” for immediate deportation.

Basically, “Thank you for your service. Now get out”

These people served our country honorably and in good faith.  It’s disgusting that Republican racists don’t consider promises made to folks they call mud-people binding. RESIST!!

From NY Times: President Trump’s nominee for general counsel of the Transportation Department, Steven G. Bradbury [Pig delinked], is coming under fire by Democrats and human rights advocates for his role in providing legal blessing for waterboarding and other torture techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency on terrorism suspects during the administration of George W. Bush.

Amid interruptions by anti-torture protesters at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Democrats grilled Mr. Bradbury about interrogation memos he wrote as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel during Mr. Bush’s second term.

“You lacked the judgment to stand up and say what is morally right when pressured by the president of the United States, and I’m afraid you would do so again,” said Senator Tammy Duckworth, Democrat of Illinois, who wagged her finger at Mr. Bradbury and accused him of having a dangerous “rubber stamp” mentality. “I cannot oppose this nomination strongly enough.”

Like Tammy, I cannot oppose the appointment of a Republican War Criminal strongly enough, RESIST!!

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Aug 022016
 

Yesterday’s appointment with my Ocular Oncologist went well.  The eye is healing nicely,but has a propensity to wander.  She set me up with an double vision specialist in October.  In the meantime, I’m getting a magnifying headband.  By the time Wendy was done, I was exhausted and went to bed.  This morning I have spent most of it dealing with another bogus bill from my identity theft when I was in the hospital for three months last fall, scheduling appointments with four different doctors, arranging for my next volunteer session in the prison in October, helping to facilitate interaction with prisoners and victims, scheduling a meeting next with prison volunteer workers, figuring out why my cell phone stopped ringing and fixing it, and dealing with a site issue.  Dang!!  Talk about two pounds of poop in a one pound bag!  This is today’s only article, and I won’t be sending links messages, because I just half to get the Monthly Report done.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Jig Zone did not send a daily puzzle today, so I just picked one for you. It took me 3:49 (average 4:51).  To do it, click here. How did you do?

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From NY Times: Back in 1968, at the age of 22, Donald J. Trump seemed the picture of health.

He stood 6 feet 2 inches with an athletic build; had played football, tennis and squash; and was taking up golf. His medical history was unblemished, aside from a routine appendectomy when he was 10.

But after he graduated from college in the spring of 1968, making him eligible to be drafted and sent to Vietnam, he received a diagnosis that would change his path: bone spurs in his heels.

The diagnosis resulted in a coveted 1-Y medical deferment that fall, exempting him from military service as the United States was undertaking huge troop deployments to Southeast Asia, inducting about 300,000 men into the military that year.

The deferment was one of five Mr. Trump received during Vietnam. The others were for education.

Oh, the agony of da feet!

From The New Yorker: After stumbling badly on an interview question about Ukraine, the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump attempted on Tuesday to reassure voters about his geopolitical expertise by adding the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and the former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to his team of foreign-policy advisers.

“Donald Trump always said that, as President, he would surround himself with the best people,” Trump’s spokesperson, Hope Hicks, said. “In Governor Palin and Dr. Carson, Mr. Trump now has the Dream Team.”

Speaking to reporters, Palin dismissed the controversy over Ukraine as “much ado about a gotcha question.”

Dr. Carson said that, as President, Donald Trump would support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and “its magnificent network of underground grain tunnels.”

Andy, it’s getting really bad when your satire is less jaw-dropping that the truth.

From KP Daily Funnies: "3 a.m." The Simpsons, august 2, 2016

 

There it is, ladies!! If Hubby considers voting for Rump Dump, cut him off!!

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