Is It More Than Dislike?

I, like so many others, have been writing on the presidential term so far of Mr. Trump and I have been accused of despising the man and that made me take back and immerse myself in thought.

As hard as it is for many of his supporters to believe not everybody wants him to fail as president.  I mean I was a critic of Bubba Clinton, GW Bush and Obama…..so I am doing nothing that I have had done to other presidents.

Do I truly despise the man?

There are very few people I actually despise but there are many that I dislike.  I admit that I have used words that were not very flattering to the man to describe his administration but it was not from despise that they flowed more like in retaliation for something some mental midget has written or said.

The truth is in the beginning I was not pleased that Trump had won the election but I would have been equally disappointed if Clinton had won….so safe to say that no matter who won the 2016 election I was not going to be happy.

But despised the man….I think not…..I truly was hoping that he would make good on his campaign promises in trade and foreign policy…..so I wished him well as I have done for ever president since I began analyzing politics.

The problem is that he has nothing but the campaign going for him.  That is evident if you watch he is still campaigning and only visits regions that voted for him.

He could be going around the country thumping his chest about the markets rise….the low unemployment…..but instead he taunts Clinton and her loss and keeps bringing up the “Russian fake story” to the point that rational people are starting to think….”me thinks he dost protest too much”.

Then there are the Tweets.  Tweeting is a great thing but it is NO way to govern or run a White House.

However there is one area where he gets my approval….he truly wants to end Afghanistan but the generals want more troops….generals always want more troops…..if he can figure this aspect of his foreign policy out then there is the possibility of my better feeling about his presidency.

So the question remains…..do I despise the president?

I will admit that what began as a dislike has slowly become a despise for I do not see how he is “Making America Great Again”.  He spends most of his time reliving the election win, which was a good win but it is beyond time to move on to the act of governing.

So I guess despise  can be said to be accurate….but it is not permanent.

A reset would go a long way to reverse this trend for me.

This person shows no respect for the people of this country and he expects my respect to be shown him…..then he is delusional.

So I guess despise will have to do for now….but there is always tomorrow.

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Only Takes A Spark!

OMG!  There is so much tension around the world that it is starting to look more like the beginning of the end.  I know that sounds a bit much…..but look at the world…..NK is strutting around with its missile in hand, US is verbally threatening so many countries, Turkey is fighting but NO one knows for sure who they are fighting, China, India and Pakistan are all pushing along their borers with each other….and then there is the “games”…all being played in and around the Baltics and Southwest Europe….all along the old borders of the Cold War dividing the USSR from the West.

Right now the US and its NATO allies have a military build-up along said borers and Russia has done likewise….all under the pretense of “war games”.

This September in Europe was a tense month of military posturing and preparations. Sweden recently began a three-week war game, its largest since the Cold War. Even as it did so, across the Baltic Sea, Russian and Belarusian forces concluded the Zapad military exercises – which NATO officials called “serious preparations for a big war”.

Major war games such as these bring a risk of real conflict. But neither the Russian invasion that Russia’s neighbours fear, nor the NATO incursion implicit in the Zapad scenario, are likely events. Our research on conflict escalation suggests that the U.S., Russia and Europe should worry about a far riskier contingency: what if a separate crisis emerged at the same time that large numbers of troops and equipment are already deployed in the region?

A crisis could be precipitated from at least three different types of events: unattributable attacks, unilateral actions by anxious allies, and military accidents. Such dangerous situations could quickly produce unintended consequences that slip Russia and the West into armed confrontation.

Source: What Would It Take to Trigger War Between Russia and NATO? Just a Spark | RealClearDefense

It is not a “war game”…..at best it is a stare down.

Who will blink first?

Of course…..a simple blink could light the fuse of no return.

The Kurds: Now What?

The votes have been counted and the Kurds overwhelmingly voted to set up a free Kurdistan……about 92% in favor of session.

There is NO one that sees this vote as a positive thing for Iraq or the wider Middle East and that includes the Kurds biggest ally….the United States.

The PM of Iraq, Abadi, has demanded that the results of the vote be nullified……

The results of the Iraqi Kurdistan referendum on secession are in, with over 92% of the voters in favor of seceding from Iraq. Iraq’s Prime Minister Hayder Abadi has threatened military action in retaliation.

In fact, Abadi is now demanding that the Kurds totally cancel the vote, even though it’s already taken place and the results are already in, saying he will “never discuss” the results of the referendum because Iraq’s parliament didn’t give them permission for it.

Iraqi officials seem to be throwing everything at the situation in Kurdistan now and seeing what sticks. Demands for the Kurds to surrender their airports have been spurned, and Kurdish officials had ruled out returning to Baghdad’s rule before Abadi’s latest demands were even made.

The Iraqi Parliament has asked the OM to send in troops and retake the district from the Kurds…

With Iraqi Kurdistan voting for secession, the fate of the Kirkuk Province is very much in doubt. It’s not legally part of the Kurdistan territory, but historically has had a large Kurdish population, and was “annexed” by Iraqi Kurdistan after it was taken early in the ISIS war.

The oil-rich province could be a major bone of contention, with Iraq’s parliament urging Prime Minister Hayder Abadi to send in troops and physically reconquer the province from the Kurds.

They might have help. Kirkuk Province has an ethnic Turkmen minority,  and that has Turkey’s nationalist MHP Party leader Devlet Bahceli vowing that the Kurds will never rule over Kirkuk.

The Turkmen….a relatively unknown ethnic group has stepped out of the shadows and volunteered to fight the Kurds….but for who are their loyalties?  Turkey? Or Iraq?

Thousands of Turkish volunteers are ready to fight in Kirkuk and other Iraqi cities to defend the country’s Turkmen population, the head of Turkey’s nationalist opposition said on Wednesday.

Devlet Bahceli said the minority Turkmen, who have close ethnic ties to Turkey, would not be abandoned in Kirkuk.

The city, home to Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens, has been controlled by Kurdish peshmerga fighters since 2014 and Kurdish authorities included it in this week’s referendum for Kurdish independence in northern Iraq, angering the Baghdad government.

(Reuters)

ISIS is a dying problem…..the Kurds are a problem on the rise…..the violence is far from over.

Today, Friday, will be a telling day in this situation…..

In response to more than 90% of Iraqi Kurds voting in favor of independence through peaceful means, the Iraqi government has issued the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) an ultimatum: hand over control over your airports and control of your borders. The Iraqi government is threatening an air embargo if the Kurds don’t comply with the demand. The move shows exactly how weak Baghdad is. Knowing it can’t force the Kurds to comply militarily on the ground, it’s only option is to threaten civilian air traffic.

The Kurds have until 6:00 pm local time on Friday to comply. They are unlikely to do so.

The Iraqi government has ruled out negotiations. “The referendum will have a negative impact on all of Iraq and the KRG. We will never compromise the unity and sovereignty of Iraq. We will not have any negotiations with regards to the outcome of the referendum,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The Iraqi Prime Minister’s stance may start a civil war in the country, a war he can’t possibly hope to win without US troops fighting the war for him. Given the US State Department’s opposition to democracy in the country, that may be a possibility.

The next question to ponder is……Is this the end of Iraq?

There are many worthy markers that America’s Iraq Wars have been a terrible, terrible waste, but as history loves a signature event, let it be the 25 September, 2017 Kurdish independence referendum. While the referendum is non-binding and the final vote tally may not be known for several days (though it will certainly be “yes” to independence), the true results of America’s decades of war in Iraq are already clear.

Along with the ongoing decimation of Iraq’s Sunni population, the referendum means that in practice “Iraq” no longer exists. In its place is a Shiite state dominated by Iran, the de facto new nation of Kurdistan, and a shrinking population of Sunnis tottering between annihilation or reservation-like existence, depending on whether the United States uses the last of its influence to sketch out red lines or abandons the people to fate.

The waste comes in that a better version of a de facto tri-state Iraq was available in 2006. Every life lost (out of a million some, including 4,424 Americans), every dollar spent (in the trillions), and every unanticipated outcome suffered (rise of Daesh, conflict in Syria, de-democratization of Turkey) since then has been unnecessary.

Source: Why the Kurdish referendum means the end of Iraq – Middle East Monitor

Turn The Page!

Let’s Talk John McCain

WARNING:  This post will feature some pretty raw words and thoughts….proceed with caution if you are easily offended.

It is safe to say that I do not think much of John McCain’s conservative ideas…..we agree on very little….but no matter the man deserves all the respect one can muster for he has served his country in so many ways and given up a lot for his country.

But for a couple of months now McCain has become the whipping boy of Trump….he blames so much of Trump’s failures on John McCain….especially the numerous failures the the GOP plan has had trying to repeal and replace Obamacare.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has ripped into Trump and his mindless supporters for all their attacks on McCain….

“Mornine Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday ripped President Donald Trump and other critics of “dying” Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who last week announced his opposition to the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“You have no humanity if a man is dying and  your using him for political punchlines on talk radio and also to audiences in Alabama,” Scarborough said of Trump, who has voiced criticism of the senator, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

The MSNBC host called people who “boo” McCain “ignorant,” and asked them to “show a little respect” for the U.S. Navy veteran and former prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Scarborough also found it disturbing that others would attack someone who is fighting cancer.

“By the way, for the people at home. If you’re in the audience, and John McCain is getting attacked, and he’s fighting for his life, unless you were raised in a barn, keep your mouth shut, all right?” Scarborough said, sobering the mood of the show. “Show a little respect. Show a little dignity. Show a little class.”

Scarborough asked who raised “these people,” saying he grew up in the same situations that they did.

“I guarantee I was raised in the same region. In the same socioeconomic background, going to the same Southern Baptist churches, going to the same public schools, going to the same public colleges, state schools these people went to,” Scarborough said.

“So I ask, Who raised these people? Who have they become, that they would boo a man who is fighting for his very life and has served his country in uniform, who was a prisoner of war?”

“”You should keep your mouth shut, and you should go home, and you should talk to your children, and you should tell the story of John McCain to your children,” Scarborough said, explaining that McCain had the choice to be released from prison in Vietnam, but refused until his fellow service members could be released with him. “A man who served his country in uniform when he could have done what Donald Trump did. He could have avoided the draft.”

That was an apparent reference to Trump, who got repeated deferrals to avoid military service in Vietnam.

Watch the rest of the video….

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/joe-who-raised-the-people-that-boo-john-mccain-1055021635932

There is the real problem with this country…..Donald Trump and his mindless drooling supporters have NO respect for anyone that disagrees with him or them….

John McCain like all our veterans they have earned their respect and this president has earned NOTHING but disdain from humans.

Time for these slobbering fools to leave the insults unsaid and start working on actual policies that will lead America forward.

Society Was Warned

I am one blogger that did not write that much on the problems in Charlottesville because it would do NO good what so ever because this is a subject that is emotionally charged and they are same problems we have been fighting for decades and never make any headway.

Back in the Dark Ages, 1989, I wrote a paper and submitted it to a scholars conference,”Short coming in the theory of non-violence”….it was accepted and I presented it to my colleagues in March of that year.  (I would post it here but that was before a hard drive everything I did was on paper and Hurricane Katrina totally destroyed many of my past originals.)

I used movements to make my point, India’s independence movement, the civil rights and the women’s search for equality.

I pointed out that in India…the things that Gandhi fought far never materialized…it was only a matter of time before India got its independence with or without Gandhi….England could NO longer afford the empire.

The Civil Rights Movement…what did Blacks accomplish?  Yes they got the right to vote but beyond that their plight is pretty much the same today as it was back in the beginning….plus they are slowly losing the vote thing.

Then the women’s protests…..not much has changed there either.  They fought the hard fight but in the end not much changed……They still make far less than a man….the jobs are pretty much minor jobs as they were back in the 70’s….that glass ceiling is still a ceiling for them.

IN conclusion to the paper I stated that while some minor progress had been made it was far from a victory and all the “rights” they think they have won will be slowly back peddled and the fight will continue.

Why?

The activists settled on what was offered them….instead of continuing the fight to a proper conclusion.

Now fast forward to 2017……we as a nation are fighting the same battle from our past…voters rights, racism, equality….in all these years little has changed….only the fight remains.

Time To End Welfare

If I linger for a moment the Right wingers will see the title and will jump to my side, pat me on the back as a well informed “liberal”…..(linger…..Linger….Linger)……

But they would be premature in doing so…..for I am not talking about the welfare that the Reaganites have hated for 50 years…if you are old enough then you will remember the “welfare Queens” the the GOP have been attacking for decades……those poor people that use benefits provided by the government.

Nope the “welfare” I am referring to is corporate welfare…..these are the programs that give lots of aid to corporations….tax, breaks, subsidies……”gimmes” tho corporations that do not need them to continue to perform……

Every Congress we have this debate about the deficit and of course to the GOP it is all that money given to poor people through direct payments or programs that is causing the problem.

You see if your payments out weigh your income then you have a deficit…..and since the income for the nation comes from taxes then lower taxes does little but make the deficit higher….and yet we keep playing the same game because corporations want it so….time for that to change….

A day after President Donald Trump touted his “scam” tax proposal, the Institute for Policy Studies’ #PayUpCorps campaign highlighted needs in infrastructure, healthcare, and other sectors that could be paid for with all the money corporations stand to save under the Koch brothers’-backed tax plan.

Trump and Republican leaders in Congress hope to cut the corporate tax rate from an already low 35 percent to 20 percent—though the Institute on Tax and Economic Policy has found that many Fortune 500 companies effectively already pay only about 20 percent of their profits in taxes, and contrary to Republican promises, the savings don’t lead to job creation.

Source: #PayUpCorps Campaign Highlights All Nation Could Do If Corporations Paid Their Fair Share | Common Dreams

And we have this conversation every Congress and the GOP usually wins in some form or another…..Trump has a tax plan as well…..and guess what nothing new….

Each of the four principles Trump claims will inform what he calls “tax reform” is actually mocked in the plans the administration is cooking up behind closed doors.

The only question is whether Americans are gullible enough to buy what Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republicans are selling. And whether Democrats will unite to expose the con and demand progressive tax reforms that are long overdue.

Source: Trump’s Tax Plan Is a Confidence Scam | By Robert Borosage | Common Dreams

I have given my idea for a tax reform….simply put….everyone pays their fair share and the deficits will shrink…..it is really not that hard to grasp…..

Of course a more realistic budget would help with those darn deficits….that will be a post for another op-ed.

ANTIFA: Out Of The Shadows

A few weeks ago it was reported that a few thousand neo-Nazis, KKK and other assorted fascists were going to Virginia to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee…….with that report a group known as ANTIFA decided that they would show up to protest the protest.

Before we go any further maybe here would be a good place to define the ANTIFA for those that know mlittle of this organization……

They wear black pants and sweatshirts, with either helmets or hoods over their heads, bandanas across their faces — and dark sunglasses, goggles or gas masks over their eyes. Many carry makeshift shields and flags, whose staffs can quickly become weapons.

They call themselves “antifa,” short for anti-fascist, and they’re part of a loosely organized national network of anonymous anarchists. The movement during much of this decade has been a common sight at Bay Area protests spurred by police shootings, the Occupy Wall Street movement and Donald Trump’s election as president.

The primary goal is to stop neo-Nazis and white supremacists from gaining a platform rather than to promote a specific antifa agenda. The antifa groups are decidedly anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-homophobia, but also by and large socially leftist and anti-capitalist.  Yes, we can assume that if they are anti-fascist then they may well be anarchist, socialists, etc….the natural enemy of fascists.

Fore decades the neo-Nazis have been protesting with shield, clubs and violence and in that time only the JDL stood in their way…..so if a armed group should want to protest why not a counter-protest that is also armed?

First nit was Charlottesville and a week later Berkeley….and as was predictable….it turned violent…..

Recently, at the anti-Alt-Right rally in Berkeley, I watched groups of masked Antifa members in Black Bloc formation swarm individuals who were apparently antagonizing them, and pummel them with their fists, feet, and flagpoles. When the victims tried to escape, they were run down, and in at least one case, cut off by the Antifa mob and beaten down some more.

In the incidents I witnessed, about five or six Antifa members at a time participated in the attacks, while perhaps 50 others stood behind them, forming an impenetrable wall that blocked bystanders from intervening, or documenting the violence on camera. Those people would also help chase the victims when they fled.

Source: The Ugly Side of Antifa – LA Progressive

The neo-Nazis have been labeled a terrorist group or call it hate if like, but now will the ANTIFA be so labeled?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has formally classified the activities of anti-fascist groups (antifa) as “domestic terrorist violence” since early 2016, according to confidential law enforcement documents obtained by Politico and interviews.

Federal authorities have reportedly warned state and local officials the antifa has become “increasingly confrontational” in efforts to thwart white supremacist groups.

Source: Are the Antifa Terrorists?

Personally, I am glad to see a group show up that will not take the bullies gruff…..I do not believe that non-violence will counter the tactics of the neo-Nazis……and it is good to see someone that will step up to the task.