Apparently the dreaded "out of state agitators" are flocking to Charlotte, NC from all around. Charlotte is 35% Black. It seems that the embattled African-Americans there need reinforcements and they are on the way. Some appear to be veterans of the BLM urban IO warfare in such places as Ferguson, MO. The governor has moved National Guard troops into the city (890,000 inhabitants). A curfew is being discussed. Surrounding Mecklenburg County has twice as many residents and many fewer Blacks.
What to do? What to do? Ah, I know. The Unicorn Rider in Chief can send the Justice Department Civil Rights Division to investigate the Charlotte police and city government for evidence of a pattern of unprogressiveness. Then they can seek a consent decree from these dastards. Eventually the city may surrender and sign on the dotted line and the federal government will then run Charlotte. One city or town at a time works folks, one city at a time. HC will continue the program.
And up at the UN, the fantasy life of the BHO Borgists is being played out. Kerry has declaimed that an investigation of the convoy event is unnecessary because we already know who the culprits are. He then continued by exhorting the Russians to do the right thing and he clearly meant that they should gracefully accept the inevitable triumph of the jihadi unicorns favored by the US/Britain/France/Turkey/Saudi Arabi/Qatar and all that crew. The striking thing about this attitude is the spectacle of so many over-educated people indulging themselves in a group fantasy in which the Russians/Hizbullah(both kinds)/Iranians/Syrians/Palestinians etc. are suddenly going to understand that they have no choice but accept the will of the Borg. pl
Colonel the SOS Kerry, is asking the Russians to declare no fly zone on themselves, (at least temporarily) till us and our allies can move much needed supplies, meaning ordnance to our jihadis so we can continue our little proxy war.
With reference to Kerry, in my opinion, it is much worse than that.
The Russians were set up. The entire cease-fire was designed with one goal in mind: have an aid convoy “bombed by Russia” just before the U.N. met so that Kerry could become hysterical and force the Security Council to endorse a “no-fly” zone over Syria.
Why were the terms of the cease-fire not published? Because Russia troops were guarding the Castello Road to permit the aid convoys to reach jihadist Aleppo. It would have appeared odd for the Russians to bomb there own troops.
Without question Russia had nothing to do with the destruction of the aid convoy.
Without question Kerry is a duplicitous self-promoter, who should/will go back to the salon and commiserate with his hair dresser.
Trump or abstain. What a choice. But the Clinton side is certainly attempting to make it easier.
If BLM continues to give Trump gifts like this, he will win NC by 10 points.
As for Syria the R2P’ers are all claiming now that Russia/USA policy is forcing Aleppo’s Thomas Jeffersons into the sad clutches of ISIS and bemoaning the futility of uprooting this ideology from its “native” support among the locals.
Really? If ISIS is Syria, then all the more reason to use more force, more airpower.
As to the futility of military force, wasn’t Patton’s Third Army quite effective in uprooting “native” Nazis.
I wish I could look at it as funny theater of the absurd with the confidence that no one could possibly believe such utter horsesh*t. And then supposedly intelligent eat it up with relish and ask for seconds.
I hope the cockroach mutant survivors do better.
Cognitive dissonance is rising. The social divide in the country is also rising. The Borg is getting antsy. Their certitude that the Borg Queen would sail through this election is on shakier ground now as the polls tighten in the battleground states. Russia is not playing ball. The Borg has now decided to go all in with the MSM shaping operations to prejudice the public. We can be certain how the debate on Monday will be spun. Yellen gave the Borg more time to keep the financial markets elevated.
In the next few weeks we should expect a significant ratchet up in IO operations. I’m not so sure Les Déplorables are buying. If Trump manages to pull this off it will be epic meltdown time.
In addition to those expansions of Federal powers there is the exploitation of Section 8 recipients by farming them out to the suburbs. In this example via “non-profits” that own the homes, receive the income stream and shield the politically connected recipients of the largess. Where the poverty culture goes there goes the crime. I’m sure we’ll see plenty of examples of the “failures” of fly-over country to solve urban problems outsourced to them by big city pols.
Damn right. I read the comments in the syria news articles, and its getting increasingly hard to find people who believe the problem is Assad. My suspicion is that blogs are undermining the carefully crafted lying narrative. I think Col. Lang should take care. His efforts may well be annoying our betters.
Fred, The community I live is rural farming with a NY state college branch; very “white”. We began receiving the section 8 folks from the city (Rochester, about 35 mile away) a couple years ago. All of the sudden burglaries went on the rise. One of our two liquor stores got robbed for the first time ever. Crack and heroin dealing and use are sharply up. In fact, the drugs are everywhere including the high school. We aren’t happy.
Certain county officials confided in me that they are working to do something about the apartment complexes involved. The Sheriff has been arresting these people, and associates, left and right. They look for any excuse to pull them over and, when they do, they are rarely disappointed in their searches for drugs and weapons.
I imagine that one of these days one of the LEO stops will result in a shooting and we will get to have our very own riot right here in River City.
The AP has “leaked” one of the 5 COH documents:
“Both the U.S. and Russia in recent days have spoken of making the document public. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the agreement. The document is time-stamped Sept. 9 at 10 p.m.
Reducing Violence, Restoring Access and Establishing the JIC
The Russian Federation and the United States (hereafter – “the Sides”) intend to undertake joint efforts to stabilize the situation in Syria, with special measures for the Aleppo region. Delineation of territories controlled by ISIL, “Jabhat Al-Nusra,” and moderate armed opposition forces remains a key priority, as does separating moderate opposition forces from Nusra.
The Sides will designate a date and time at which the following measures will go into effect (designated as Day “D”)…”
I made a choice long ago not to be afraid. If they want me they know where I am. pl
“Russia to Test Modern Weapon Systems in Syria:” http://thesaker.is/syrian-war-report-september-22-2016-russia-to-test-modern-weapon-systems-in-syria/
How correct is this information? – “Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers. The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists’ attacks in Aleppo and Idlib.” http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/09/22/unconfirmed-russian-med-ship-launch-missile-attack-to-kill-foreign-command-center-near-aleppo/
The new information technology makes it harder to erase lies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GptAR8TDjl8
I agree. Syria is the summation of all the errors of a dysfunctional empire collapsing upon itself. History forgotten. Science ignored. Facts denied. Propaganda cannot hide that West is supporting and killing Islamists at the same time in a World War that risks escalating into a nuclear holocaust. The forever wars are being fought for profit and at the bequest of Israel and the Gulf Monarchies. The collateral damage is spreading globally. The left right conflict of the 20th century is gone. Today it is top down.
Very pithy posting, and on the mark as usual Col. Lang. Thumbs up.
What part this am I not understanding? Why doesn’t the Syrians just throw us (The Americans) out?
One of the sure signs that a society is unravelling is the loss of perspective and sense of proportion. A second is the fusing of how one interprets a particular event with a generalized, usually doctrinaire grievance about what is wrong with the country. Yet a third is the unmooring of attitudes from common understandings and reference points that previously oriented the thinking of the vast majority of the populace. I suggest that those signs are rapidly multiplying as we observe in reactions to events in Syria, in Charlotte and – a particular concern of mind – rape on university campuses.
Each of us can mull over the connections between the abstract proposition that I offer and our readings of those events. My ‘take’ is simply this:
1. Under normal circumstances, in a healthy polity, the lies/deceit/illogicalities/arrogance of the Obama people re. our run of disastrous actions in the Middle East would immediately be seen as evidence of utter incompetence at best and a wrong-headed attempt by mindless people to achieve purposes they are keeping secret.
2. Urban policing is in a crisis and cannot be allowed to continue along its current path without dire consequences for domestic peace and tranquility. Views will differ as to how much responsibility for this situation should be placed on police behavior. Looking at one piece of the puzzle, I would suggest that, by any reasonable standard, too many officers in too many jurisdictions lack the training and/or temperament to bear arms in a responsible fashion. Shooting people simply comes too easily. Anyone who experienced the evolution of the police “rule-book” in the post-WW II era knows this – or should know this. Compare today’s methods with the close-to-reality Kojak series.
3. The flight from sound instinct, or simply acknowledging that there is such a thing, is most glaring in regard to the (mis)handling of matters associated with sexual abuse and gender “rights’ on university campuses. For one thing, sensitivity training for men along with procedural fixes like signing “consent” cards, are ridiculous. I have never met a man who does not know exactly what rape is and what it isn’t. Psychopaths are another matter: I don’t know any.
On transgender issues, two points: 1) nobody bothers to define the term – ask a physiologist or psychiatrist and you’ll discover that the number of true transgenders is infinitesimally small; 2)anyone with half a brain should know instinctively that the answer to the “bathroom” issue is very simple – go into whichever matches the clothes one is wearing. I never have seen any “examination” beyond that.
To my mind, all of this is not very complicated – even though there is room for policy disagreement. Without common points of reference, humans are unable to think and act in a manner commensurate with the maintenance of an organized society. that’s the long and the short of it. Neither confrontation nor some confected “conversation” can substitute.
The text went up on the US State Department website. However, now only the Arabic version is accessible – not the English version.
Charlotte police won’t make shooting video public; chief says footage is not ‘definitive’
Enjoy your blog would like you join me in asking Charlotte authorities to release video to the public. I also would like u to comment on the Tulsa manslaughter charge for the police officer involve in the shooting Thanks
During my last trip north of the Mohawk River, I noticed the area was whiter than a bowl of rice. The area is a mix of rural and suburban with a lot of state workers commuting to Albany. Drugs and other crime are largely confined to the Tri-City area (Troy, Albany and Schenectady). I went to college in Troy back in the 70s and it was the same back then. This is in stark contrast with the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. Here the majority community of upstanding citizens and the minority criminal element are both well integrated. The divide here is not racial. This area is also heavily infested with Federal employees/retirees as well as military active duty personnel and retirees. I fit both categories.
Ah, the “vibrancy” of “diversity”.
Trump up +5. The Trumpslide is gaining momentum as Hillary squeals about “Why am I not up 50?!”
The choices are quickly becoming law and order or anarchotyranny this election.
I respect you tremendously. Always have.
Sic Semper Tyrannis. I am not afraid.
“I made a choice long ago not to be afraid.”
Yes, but apparently we are far from making the same choice.
Your post on the new McCarthism. I’m sure you would have chosen a name other than Sic Semper Tyrannis for your commitee, if it were meant to disappear because of a mere McCarthism. And I thought, this sounds much like a “get me the president on the phone. we’re surrendering our position in Cuba” moment, and expected some kind of resistance to the idea, like there was a purpose behind all the chatter. Apparently people really think a die hard GB would let things go at the very moment De Oppresso Liber makes him think of his own countrymen.
I’m intrigued by the psychological downturn. I was expecting some signaling of commitment.
I saw a similar crime wave in the neighborhood where I recently sold my house. Feeding the drug addiction was generally the cause for the break ins. The “any excuse” is what will get the sheriff’s dept. into DOJ trouble. The underlying problem is that the liberal policies have created a culture of helplessness and farming the problem out to a rural area isn’t going to change that.
Associated Press has had it, and the leak of a COH doc mentioned above is just one indication. They conducted a major interview with Assad — 29 minutes of tough questions allowing Assad to answer every charge against his government, and asking for his view of the coalition bombing of Syrian troops. But the real shocker is that AP allowed the entire report to be videotaped by SANA. The video is posted there and at YouTube, and SANA published the entire transcript.
Earlier this yr there was a spate of interviews w/ Assad conducted by major press/TV outlets around the world — but AP is not only an American press service, it’s in a class by itself. Their interview with Assad signals a sea change, IMO.
Col Lang, do you recall the incident at a State press briefing in early August when State spox Toner said sarcastically, “Good to see you in this exercise in transparency and democracy,” and then burst into laughter along with the reporters?
One of the reporters said, ““Is that what it is? I thought it was an exercise in spin and obfuscation.”
That reporter was AP’s Matthew Lee. Some days later he made a similar remark at a State briefing.
AP isn’t going take it anymore being a conduit for the wildest lies from US government — and they’re so powerful now they don’t have to take it anymore. That’s my view, at least. Anyhow, the interview is well worth the read. The video is posted at the end of the transcript.
Fred, Eric Newhill,
In a related SJW warrior vein, but on a broader playing field, is the “refugee” surge into Europe, International Section 8 if you will.
Here is a link from Unz Review from John Derbyshire on two Hungarians who, each in their own way, are calling BS on that whole racket. Perhaps Balint Somkuti would like to add to this if he wishes:
The entire title to the post is Talpra Magyar! Two Hungarian Heroes vs. the “Refugee” Racket (Which Obama/Clinton LOVE).
I work in, and live near to, the city of Camden, NJ, and I’d like to add a little wrinkle to your understanding of your Section 8 invasion. Camden, despite years of ineffectual flailing (maybe in actuality, kayfabe, the fake actions pre-planned in professional wrestling events) to bring the city back to a prosperous life, is now undergoing a renascence, largely driven by the staged introduction of an expansion of the town/gown, medical, and corporate headquarter sectors. Now that the value of much of the real estate has declined – years of decay, sob, so sad, unavoidable really – the state under Christie is granting tax relief left, right, and sideways, fully in cahoots with our local Democrat power brokers, including selected (for now) applications of eminent domain thereby driving these developments quickly forward, it has become clear to me that this strategy ultimately will indubitably have a further element; namely, the gradual removal of the current populace to make way for further expansions of this program as well as new residential construction for a gentrifying city (and finally the decayed infrastructure will be addressed through – ka-ching – privatization).
That is why Section 8, the formal system, and the informal system of just pushing the current residents out through the one-two punch of redevelopment (partly through eminent domain), and growing taxes as gentrification proceeds, will dump these folks in surrounding inner ring suburbs, or even leapfrog them to outer ring suburbs, transferring the social dysfunction with them wherever they land.
And all so that the “connected” can get access to prime locations, never mind screwing over the communities negatively impacted by the influx of people who are a clear monetary and social drag on those communities. But take heart, it’s a bi-partisan thing, and besides, it’s your duty, you racist Deplorables, to step up and do your part. So there’s your wrinkle, and a possible explanation as to why this is happening to you. So, Eric, perhaps there are some developers in Rochester who your town is “helping” with your Section 8 influx, and Fred, it’s you Deplorables’ time to act to help the SJWs forward their plans.
So, too bad if your communities are overrun with criminality, your property values plummet, or maybe your daughter gets raped. Time to check your privilege, Crackers, or at least so says Obama and Clinton.
It looks accurate, the russians seem to have been really furious. And there is nothing Kerry or Power can say…
US military presence is like herpes, it never goes away completely.
And how would they do that?
The SAA is a tiny fraction of what it was, it’s tapped out for equiptment, manpower and is tired, dead tired.
The Hezboallah and Iranian “boots on the ground” is tiny, maybe 35k in total, mostly “lightly armed” for urban and rural warfare against a similarly armed foe.
Russia is playing the “long game” with minimal resources. As an example, OIR has roughly 597 combat aircraft in theatre, the R+6 has about 62.
My wife chose the name, not I. As for your fear, it is your problem, not mine. i have lived by my choices. You should try to make some that are not gutless. pl
So, by your calculation the SAA has never recruitrd a man since the war started, the Iranians and Hizbullah are puny allies and the Russians and Syria have 62 aircraft. Try looking up the strength of the RUAF in the wiki. You are an east San Fran bay type. IMO you are a Borgist troll. pl
Marcy Wheeler had an interesting post today about Tolstoy and an observation he had (War and Peace).
The elites sure have created a Gordian knot.
I’ll be holding my nose and voting for Clinton. I really don’t like the neocons but I think we’ll have them regardless of who becomes president.
I think Trump is too slimy.
Thank you for pointing to one of the documents (from the AP) about the cessation of hostilities in Syria. It is a mess and is full of unfinished items that do not accomplish anything. The only thing that it specifically seems to do is to allow the “opposition” fighters/jihadis to escape from Aleppo with their weapons and go wherever they want to.
You can also see what the U.S. is trying to do: prevent the Syrian and Russian air forces from operating in the Aleppo area as they see fit.
This is all just late stage empire stuff.
BHO is just a cypher for the Borg which I see as the very complex aggregate of all the petty warlord factions jockeying for position and control of imperial power in Washington. Those factions are countless from petty strivers to batshit insane megalomaniacs
I suspect the fairly middling BHO himself is just hoping things don’t get too bad before his “watch” ends so he can go collect his payday and surround himself with the sycophants who will feed his ego for the rest of his life.
He may even do a tiny bit of good.
It might help to read Joseph Tainter’s “Collapse of Complex Societies”
That explains most of the crazy for me…from police shootings to poking the Russians. The inability to deal with increasing complexity. It is making us collectively insane. Go out and look at the trees and sky and breathe some fresh air. Take a break.
The election barely matters.
And now, a little item of interest. CIA director John O. Brennan admitted that he voted for the communist party candidate for president (Gus Hall?) before joining the CIA, but did get hired–
So the difference between Charlotte and Syria is the scale of the proxy war. I liked it a whole lot better when people did their own dirty work.
Which bathroom should a man with a beard wearing chiffon skirt use? Just asking.
In response to Allbut6 “I think Trump is too slimy.”
And Mrs Nuland? Samantha Powers?
Most public figures look pretty dodgy on screen. Certainly politicians do. The PR people and the spin merchants coach them to within an inch of their lives and they all end up looking as if they’re making a presentation at a pyramid sales conference. Maybe there are a few – Blair and Mr Clinton spring to mind – you wouldn’t care to spend an evening down the pub with, but I suspect most of them are trapped in a public persona that doesn’t really reflect what they are like in their private lives.
I’m old enough to remember Mrs Thatcher after she’d had her PR makeover. The voice coaches got her to deliver her speeches in a menacing low
frequency chant, a technique she practised dutifully to the end of her career. To borrow a phrase, it made strong men climb tress and pull them up after them. But it was just a bit of image nonsense.
It’s near impossible to judge a politician by how they come across on screen. More important is what they’re going to do, and what they’re going to be able to do. My impression from this side of the Atlantic is that a Trump presidency might just end up with a reduced casualty list. I was permitted to put this view forward in an earlier comment thread and I don’t recall any of the experts here disputing that judgement.
That, surely, is a consideration that outweighs questions of style.
TTG, Since you know the area, I pulled off the thruway on the way to Saratoga (a town and track that I love) in Amsterdam and was amazed to see that it is one big ghetto in the middle of the bowl of white rice. Mostly what appeared to be Puerto Ricans, but also some African Americans and scroungy looking whites. Nothing but trashed row houses block after block and the usual people sitting on porches in the middle of the day, shuffling about the streets and empty malt liquor 40s laying around. That must be where NYC sends its section 8ers.
I think JCJ’s comment (below) about developers driving some of this must be valid.
Tyler: A true “peasants” revolt. It’s a wonderful thing that the Davos Crowd is finding out the many Americans actually expect the government to be responsive their concerns, not just to the concerns of Private Jet Crowd.
JJ, I think you’re onto something there.
Any one with a beard is not transgender. If the skirt is plaid, he’s simply a Scotch Highlander.
He should leave his bagpipe outside
It’s easy, if he has a beard then he’s not trying to pass as female and he uses the men’s bathroom.
You should ignore the skirt just like you would ignore blue jeans – unless his slip is showing, then it would be ok to say something about it.
love it, Michael. 😉 This was as great as your comment.
I’ve noticed a welcome outbreak of common sense in a few places: restaurant bathrooms where the signage is unisex. My favorite – FOR WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
The news is awash today with Obama’s threatened veto and a possible override of the 9/11 bill. Obama’s contention is that the law would weaken sovereign immunity and put the US at risk of suits and retribution. Does he forget that Iran has already been tried in US courts and been required to pay billions in reparations, some of which have already been paid, taken from previously frozen Iranian assets in the US. So there is already precedent in US courts for suing, and winning, against sovereign states and the government collecting the payments.
I know the scene. Downtown Troy was even worse back in the 70’s. It’s actually much improved today.
My parents grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut. When I was young, they pointed out the tenements where they lived in the inner city. The scene was much like what you saw in Amsterdam. Their parents were immigrants, poor and having to struggle with a new language. In spite of that, my parents were required to scrub the steps of the old row houses and polish the brass railings. It was a matter of family and neighborhood pride.
Perhaps they were grateful for what they had. My grandparents grew up in dirt floored, thatched roof, log houses back in the old country. There were no chimneys. Meat was hung near the ceiling and allowed to smoke from the open fire used to cook and heat the house (quite ingenious, actually). My great grandmother built models of these houses and won prizes at the Danbury State Fair along with her models of the grist mills and flax looms of her youth.
I believe it happened but the Russians sent their message and the Borg have their own reasons for keeping silent about it. Maybe because they would have to explain some things they don’t want to explain. Next up will be a demonstration of what a s-4000 backed no Borg fly zone looks like.
LOL… I love it! Your delightfully pithy comment has been added to my quote collection 🙂
Obviously Mr. Obama did not show the same respect for international law, when a few months back these same 911 victims, against international law took $2 billion of Iranian money in deposits in US for this same cause, while Iran and Iranians had nothing to do with 911, actually Iran was the first and only country in the reign to condole and morn with America.
“Next up will be a demonstration of what a s-4000 backed no Borg fly zone looks like..”
Perhaps this step would finally give some respite to the wounded Syria.
As for the Borg having “their own reasons for keeping silent” about US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari, British, and Israeli officers among the ISIS advisers, this suggests that the “most moral” was forced to be silent about their losses as well. Considering that the Israeli mentality does not recognize any moral scruples when the interests of Eretz Israel are at stake, we should expect more ugly surprises in Syria and beyond. The Russians of course have much better understanding of Israelis than the US/EU deciders, thanks to the heavy presence of the former Soviets among Israel’s policymakers. Paradoxically, what we observe today looks like a fight of a new Russia against the infected-by-the-dead-USSR Israel and US.
You’re on the money with the lack of training. I know a number of retired cops from both big city and rural departments. They all sing the same “insufficient training” song.
You’re off the the transgender beards, though. There are former ladies that look quite dude-like, big beards and all.
The Empire’s dysfunction is directly related to the degree of cultivated ignorance and incompetence at the top, the result of the victorious opportunists getting to the wheel. It is all about unaccountability.
If the Blairs, Camerons, Sarkozys, Cheneys and Bush family were obliged by the law to provide a relief to victims of their criminal policies, then there would had been no wars in the Middle East and thus no mighty ISIS and no floods of refugees and sub-Saharan migrants in Europe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hgbFDaOAt0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0UWtm4NPQA
The more frequent are the news about citizens’ courts against these war criminals, the greater the pressure is on the members of the criminal families. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/03/03/libya-how-hillary-clinton-destroyed-a-country/
I think Obama is correct in opposing the privatization of US Foreign policy in case of Saudi Arabia.
The privatization of US Foreign Policy in case of Iran has already ensured that no final settlement between Iran and US can be reached. Even if Iran is defeated and occupied by the United States, the Law Suits will continue for decades to suck money of her.
I agree with you on foreign-policy, but I have a somewhat different view on domestic.
Clinton continues to hit Trump on the only part of the electorate that could vote against historical form: GOP college educated women and, to a lesser extent, GOP college educated men. Kasich would be ahead by a comfortable margin by now, but as you can see from this latest Clinton ad, Trump is incredibly vulnerable to decency attacks.
IMO she also is widely vulnerable on issues of basic cultural alienation from the masses. IMO she has to look like a good old gal from the Heimat and I doubt that she can. IMO there was a large self-suppressed vote of
Deplorables in 2012 and the Donaldo is making new potential Deplorables. pl
“granting tax relief left, right, and sideways,…”
As I wrote here a year or two ago the City of Detroit and State of Michigan are doing the same thing. Our Oligarch, Mike Illych, received ~$180 million in tax breaks to build a Hockey arena he will own, control and collect the revenue from. His wife (by some NHL magic isn’t involved in gambling) already has millions in tax breaks for owning Motor City Casino in Detroit. The third oligarch in the tax-break triumvirate, Dan Gilbert, received his own tax breaks to move the HQ of Quicken Loans from the suburbs to the city (where is employees got hit with a 2% pay reduction due to the income tax imposed by the city for both residents and those who work in Detroit.) While there are plenty of hard working people in town and new ones moving in due to these incentives should we really pay upwards of a half-billion (in tax concessions the rest of us have to pay for) to a triumvirate of rich people so they can build a hockey rink, run a casino, and move a corporate office forty miles East? That’s just one aspect of the miserable leadership and skewed economic incentives in this part of Michigan. Mother Jones was even more excoriating in its write up but that didn’t generate any BLM style protests for those getting nickel & dimed by the democratic party machine that runs SE Michigan.
The process of taking away Sovereign Immunity from Iran started under Jimmy Carter and kept on expanding; always expecting the Iranian defeat/collapse.
It was another case of disappointed expectation of quick victory.
US is not alone in this, India expected the same quick victory of US and that is why she voted in 2006 against Iran.
All bets are off when wars drag on and on and on…
I do not think that one can blame the Drug Culture on the New Deal or other Liberal policies. Americans just stopped considering drug users as fiends or agents of moral decay and turpitude.
Nary, it was just “…the Pursuit” in another manner.
How could any government succeed against a population that believes in its inalienable right to be druggie?
But it works both ways; many anti-Assad young men are now safely ensconced in Germany and elsewhere in the European Union. That ought to count for something in the reduction of the number of warm-bodies who can oppose Assad.
You would be challenged to find an example of “Healthy Polity” that conforms to your intuition in the historical records – I should think.
Obama decided to support the Saudi sheiks by vetoing legislation that would allow 9/11 families to sue for damages. Ostensibly the rationale is to prevent the US from being sued for its actions. Note that same reason was not applied to Iran who can be sued. So, it seems that the Saudi sheikh are different. Maybe it’s the funding of “foundations” like the Clinton Foundation and various think tanks and defense contractors. And the various lucrative consulting contracts like what Tony Blair has.
In any case we know where Obama and Hillary stand. I suppose the 9/11 families are also Les Déplorables.
Hillary and decency. Yeah, an oxymoron can fly!
Never! Especially on a friday! I have eaten my lot in life of Dobradinha. Whatever I’ll do I’ll be sure it will always be gutless. You keep gutsy things, brrrr….
“I have never met a man who does not know exactly what rape is and what it isn’t.”
It’s a shame we can convince college administrators of that fact.
You are very optimistic fellow. For me it more of a death of everybody vs. maybe not death. Pretty easy choice really.
Yes…there is resistance starting to form. its about to get real. There are metaphorical red lines getting crossed now and that cow aint going back in the barn.
You may have a point. However, what you also wouldn’t find is a uniform, near unanimous acceptance of reckless fantasizing (Middle East); or endless blather about an issue whose central subject nobody defines (transgender); or passionate, all-consuming debate in which all ignore common sense propositions about human nature.
and the Bearded Lady. Women, if they entered a multiple stalled mens room, would never again allow men to hold their hands after seeing the percentage that don’t wash their hands.
Yes your points are well taken. But we are the uninvited guests. I would think a case could be made at the UN. The Syrian’s would demand our removal from their airspace and territory. Then declare a NO Fly Zone. This puts us on notice. So what would we say to the world? Screw you ? All the Russians have to do is seal the deal with the Turk’s.
In regards to the New Deal, at least as far as the Social Security system and the mythical portions of the CCC you are probably correct. As to drug users not being agents of moral decay there are plenty of Deplorables that disagree. “How could any government succeed against a population that believes in its inalienable right to be druggie?” It is a portion of people now in government that are pushing that idea. Kind of like “Borloi”‘ use in Jerry Pournelle’s future worlds.
Jules Verne, in this novel “Around the World in Eight Days” write of a riot scene in a US city; with 2 mobs, being led by passionate leaders, are slugging it out against each other.
When Phileas Fogg inquires about the cause of the riot that day, the hotel clerk is puzzled and replies that there was no riots that day, only the election campaign for the county clerk.
May be US was always like that; passionate blather about this or that issue.
In either case I have my leather chaps and metal hockey mask ready to go. Its really a win win for me.
IIRC from the old joke it’s the ones from Harvard who wash their hands the ones from Yale just take care not to pee on their fingers. 🙂
Except that in the 1890’s when Jules Verne wrote the book riots did not burn down major parts of multiple cities because people had been living in ghettos for generations.
A group of anti-alcohol “reformers” demanded that America be honest about accepting the fact that alcohol is a “drug” in the same way that heroin, cocaine, etc. are drugs. They branded the users of the drug called alcohol as agents of moral decay and spreaders of turpitude. They got alcohol prohibitionized and the consequent illegalization of alcohol and its morally decay-ogenic and turpitudinous users proceeded to drive the vast growth and enrichment of illegal-alcohol supplier groups which arose to fill the government-created illegal market monopoly which was created for them. The results of Prohibition were so problematic for society that the nation decided to go back to pretending that the drug known as alcohol was not “really” a “drug” and Prohibition was repealed. Our language on the subject is still disrectified to this very day, as witness people referring to alcohol “and” drugs whenever the subject comes up.
I have thought about your Fredonia concept. I have decided that I can support it IF it is TRUTHfully defined to cover ALL drugs and ALL their users. Let EVERY word in the language be FULLY rectified. Let caffeine, theobromine, alcohol, nicotine, and the other currently-legal recreational drugs be made as illegal as heroin, meth, marijuana, etc.; and let their users be punished just as severely under the law; and I will support your Fredonia concept and accept that I have to go there if I want a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or a Hershey’s Kiss along with my toke of weed.
I’m defining vulnerability as a weakness that will sway voters. So far HRC isn’t losing any demographic that you would expect her to win (as compared to Obama’s last two runs). Trump, however, is underperforming among college educated whites, especially women. There is no equivalent vulnerability for Clinton.
Our government operates two sets of rules. One for our allies/client states, and one for those countries we do not have good relationships with. It isnt a democrat or republican issue, it is an issue with our government and foreign policy. One need look no further than when Saddam Hussein was using chemical weapons against the Kurds and Iranians. This was under GOP leadership. Their possesion, or even use of chemical weapons didnt really become an issue for our government until he ran afoul of the US and its GOP leadership at the time.
Men can hold their caffeine and not their cocaine.
This is quite clear.
Thank you for obliquely reminding everyone of the dead of Sardasht – a city of no military value.
I think that was also the day that NPT died.
And Halabja also. Both are Kurdish cities.
I don’t get the Halabja reference. pl
Sadaam Hussein used chemical weapons on both Halabja in Iraq in 88(?), and Sardasht in Iran in 87.
Many men cannot hold their alcohol. That is quite clear. And nicotine has killed far more people than all the other drugs combined.
I notice you did not reply to the alcohol and nicotine parts of my point.
So if we are going to “rectify the language”, we should either rectify ALL of it or accept that NONE of it has really been rectified. I will support Fredonia when it includes ALL drugs, not just some. Otherwise not.