As a candidate, Lyin' Don the Michelin Man who never met a burger he didn't like, talked really, really tough about America's enemies. One of those enemies was, and is, North Korea. In a most untypical fashion, after North Korea tested a medium-range ballistic missile, Lyin' Don stood in silence and let Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, make a strong statement of condemnation of North Korea's provocative act. Lyin' Don then made a very short statement of full support for Japan's position on this issue.
One way or the other Americans will pay for whatever kind of "wall" is built along the U.S.-Mexico border
The most likely scenario is that if, and that's a big "if," the Congress actually passes significant tariffs on imports from Mexico, or any other nation(s), retribution is sure to occur. The long history of tariffs is that when one major nation imposes tariffs, its trading partner(s) impose(s) tariffs in retaliation. And, if a real tariff war starts, ALL BUSINESSES LOSE! It can exacerbate economic problems. At worst, tariff retaliation wars can cause worldwide recessions, or even depressions.
I will provide a link to an article on the latest apostolic letter issued by Pope Francis. In it, he establishes the strongest reaction yet regarding abuse by church officials. I am not Catholic, however I was taught to always hold clergy of any faith in the highest regard. Pope Francis is doing everything he can to repair the image of Catholic clergy, not only to other Catholics, but to those who follow other faiths as well.
As you may recall, Russia took its good old time to get directly involved in Syria. Even though Russia had been a forever backer of the Assad regime, Russia seemed reluctant to take decisive action. Apparently, after years of assessment, Russia decided that ISIS/ISIL or Daesh, whatever is your choice of what to call them, amounts to a much greater evil than is the Assad regime in Syria. Apparently also, Russia assessed the moderate opposition to both Daesh and Assad to be unreliable, disunited, and too weak to be effective.
Here's a link to an article showing how one young girl was convinced to go to the Middle East with a radicalized young man. https://www.yahoo.com/news/im-going-die-swedish-girl-tells-life-under-04... In short, she was so young, she had no idea what she was getting into. I guess she was "in love."
This girl was SO YOUNG. She was only 15! Why was she so free to travel without some parental involvement? Why didn't any authorities stop what amounts to kidnapping and statutory rape? And, shouldn't this story be shared with teenagers throughout the "West?"
The British controlled the entire Indian subcontinent for nearly 200 years. In 1948, The United Kingdom wanted to finally rid itself of the difficulties associated with governing an area both many times larger than the British Isles themselves, and overwhelmingly hostile to British control. They hoped that by partitioning the subcontinent, and creating separate areas governed separately mostly by those who followed the Hindu faith, and by those who followed Islam, there would be little sectarian violence. They were wrong!
Several leading candidates for POTUS have made remarks about how, when THEY become POTUS, THEY will "take out ISIS!" It's just not that simple.
I just returned from an extended business trip to Europe. If you haven't traveled there, you might be surprised to learn that English is the unifying language. Very seldom did I run into a social or business situation where the European with whom I was interacting couldn't communicate in English.
There is a growing trend within European Union nations to make English the official language. How ironic. At a time when U.S. companies are making you "Press 1 for English" and ATMs require choosing from a menu containing Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic, the land of many languages is thinking of making English its multi-country language.
In a nationwide referendum, Ireland voted to make marriage legal between any two people regardless of gender. This is most notable for a variety of reasons. When polled, over 80% of the people of Ireland claim that they follow the Catholic faith. On the eve of the vote, several Catholic church leaders pleaded with their parishioners to defeat this referendum.
A leading right-wing newspaper continues its unjustified attacks on President Obama's performance in the foreign arena. Oh wait ...
I think this book might be a Bestseller. I'm looking forward to reading it! I didn't know the Asians are the fastest growing minority population in the Country.
Of course, first they have to breach the English Channel. I'm glad we have barriers such as the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the North Pole.
I only wish that Obama had held a Rose Garden signing ceremony with leaders of both parties by his side.
You gotta love this guy. He calls the Israeli military response "indiscriminate bombing" and Hamas' terrorism campaigns "occasional flare-ups." I think he's due for another visit to his hometown in Pakistan, where the people are tolerant and cherish peace.
Senate Republicans block bill to end tax breaks for outsourcing
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/213780-republicans-block-bi...
On Wednesday, the Senate voted 54-42 to end debate on S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act — 60 votes were needed to advance the measure.
Sens. John Walsh (D-Mont.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) introduced the bill, which would give companies incentives to bring jobs back to the United States, including a tax write-off for the relocating costs and an additional 20 percent credit.
I just saw it, an hour ago. Green flags waving, signs calling Israel murderers of women and children, and so on. Here we go, folks.
I know there's a political component, and additionally, there's the money issue. I remember soccer has been pushed in this country, since I first began following sports, c. 1960. I think baseball should be the official "World Sport", but that's a personal choice. That said, basketball is played the world over, and even some of the Commie Countries love it. As an American, I want to see Our Country dominate in the sports' world as well. I don't care for watching "0-0" scores, game after game, either. Hopefully, this notion will wither on the vine, as they say.
And not a minute too soon! See, getting things isn't all that hard to do.
Holy Shit! Airliner shot down, at 33,000 feet. Flying over the Ukraine. Putin calls Absentee Landlord at the Hamptons. If not the Rooskies, some group with access to Rooskie anti aircraft missiles. Airliner was Malaysian. All European Airliners to be diverted around this part of Eastern European airspace.