Monday, June 26, 2017
The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it.
The action Monday is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.
Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours being cleared by courts.
The justices will hear arguments in the case in the fall.
Supreme Court Revives Parts Of Trump's Travel Ban As It Agrees To Hear Case
The case centers on the president's move to block new visas for travelers from six majority-Muslim countries for 90 days, and to suspend the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.
Challengers to the ban said it would harm people who have legitimate reasons to be in the U.S. — including through family ties, work and education.
The justices removed the lower courts' injunctions against the ban "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," narrowing the scope of two injunctions that had put the ban in limbo.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
My wife just told me one of our favorite shows is coming back.
Idris Elba, the Brit Denzel, is wonderful in it.
And the mad redheaded girl is great fun.
Rod Dreher, professional Christian, finds contemporary pop culture desperately alienating.
Well, contemporary culture altogether.
What must white nationalists think?
Can Pat Buchanan, Steve Bannon, or Ann Coulter stand to watch any TV at all?
Reruns of Father Knows Best and Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion?
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Decades of polling consistently show that the political center is supportive of all the achievements of progressivism since the end of the 19th Century and hopes for further improvement along the same lines.
That means liberals and Democrats are centrists on these issues, on which they (we) share exactly that outlook, while so-called conservatives and Republicans are radicals on the fringe.
And that means, too, according to the proper political meaning of the term, that America's liberals and America's Democrats are in fact America's conservatives.
Those who call themselves that are liars.
Turkish high school students will no longer be taught the theory of evolution.
The subject has been cut from the curriculum under changes made to eliminate "controversial" topics, the head of the national board of education, Alpaslan Durmus, announced in a video address.
"If our students don't have the background, the scientific knowledge, or information to comprehend the debate around controversial issues, we have left them out," Durmus said.
The new curriculum will go into effect for the 2017- 2018 school year.
It was crafted to emphasize national values and highlight contributions made by Turkish and Muslim scholars, Durmus said.
History classes will look beyond "Eurocentrism" and music classes will focus on "all colors of Turkish music," he said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan survived a coup attempt last year and solidified his power in April in a referendum that handed him sweeping powers.
Critics view the changes in the education system as another step in the ruling Justice and Development Party's ambitions to make Turkey more conservative.
Erdogan has been vocal about wanting to raise "a pious generation."
Make state legislatures bigger.
He thinks larger legislatures would be more representative of the ideological compositions of the states and that would make them unwilling to gerrymander.
But the first claim is questionable and the second groundless.
The constitution does not require that we elect house members by single member districts.
Elect them at large, statewide, according to any one of the several formulae available.
Heck, there's no reason all the states need even use the same formula.
Trump has already thrown his weight behind the plan, tweeting: "I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill. Look forward to making it really special!"
He promised health care for all, but the senate bill is health care for a lot fewer.
He promised no harm to Medicaid and this guts Medicaid.
He promised lower costs and deductibles and this delivers higher costs and deductibles.
His lies are masking and thus enabling the standard Republican agenda that America always overwhelmingly rejects in polls, gut the welfare state to allow gigantic tax cuts for the rich.
But only in the context of more lies about Obama and the Democrats crafted to shift blame onto them.
Trump: Obama 'did nothing' about Russia election meddling
President Donald Trump questioned former President Barack Obama's response to Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election in an interview airing Sunday morning, saying Obama didn't do enough to address the situation.
"Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it," Trump said in an excerpt of his interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" released Friday.
"But nobody wants to talk about that."
Everyone including Bozo (who immediately began his months of denial which continued until this interview) heard about Russian interference well before the election, and the Obama administration did what it could and what seemed appropriate at the time.
WAPO has a story about this that I can't get to because it's behind a pay wall.
Clearly, a bipartisan response would be nice, and O was right that there was no way in hell to get that from the GOP, and especially from Bozo who firmly and volubly insisted at the time that there had been no interference and the whole thing was a Democrat and media hoax, before the election nor, indeed, at any time since.
Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election
The first involved establishing personal contact with Americans perceived as sympathetic to Moscow — such as former Defense Intelligence Agency chief Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and eay Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page — and using them as a means to further Russia's foreign-policy goals.
The second involved hacking the Democratic National Committee email servers and then giving the material to WikiLeaks, which leaked the emails in batches throughout the second half of 2016.
The third was to amplify the propaganda value of the leaked emails with a disinformation campaign waged predominantly on Facebook and Twitter, in an effort to use automated bots to spread fake news and pro-Trump agitprop.
And the fourth was to breach US voting systems in as many as 39 states leading up to the election, in an effort to steal registration data that officials say could be used to target and manipulate voters in future elections.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Benjamin Truman's report to President Johnson, April 9, 1866.
The contrary of Schurz's report in every way.
Hence, a tissue of arrant, white supremacist lies.
Nobody ever really thought they were but certain fantasists at Black Studies departments and a few white cohorts, anyway.
Braudel characterized the entire ancient Mediterranean region as the historic ecosphere of the Caucasian race.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
That was and is the CW among "responsible persons."
To say otherwise is to say that, once again, a Republican was "selected, not elected" over a Democrat, and made it to the White House only on that account.
But this time it was Putin who did the selecting and not the Republicans on the Supreme Court, and that would and should be so much more alarming to so many more people, and delegitimates Trump in a much more fundamental way.
True enough, Comey's late, second bite of the emails apple was timed to do maximal damage and he deserved to be fired for that.
But the whole emails thing would have been a lot less of a problem without the Russians, their Wikileaks, and their extensive disinformation.
Heck, despite the Russians and Comey, both, Hillary actually won the voters' suffrage.
Without the Russians, I now think, she would have done enough better to also gain the suffrage of the Electors.
So, yes, the Russians stole the election from Hillary and handed it to the Siberian Candidate, Donald Trump.
Or the Russians and the corrupt, rigged system - the Electoral College - if you want to see it that way.
20 people whining stopped the project to memorialize the victims of the most horrible right wing terrorist attack committed outside the USA since the end of World War II.
Imagine the whines of 20 people stopping the Oklahoma City Memorial.
Or the Flight 93 Memorial.
Who would these 20 have to be?
The planned memorial, entitled Memory Wound, would have involved a wide slit cut into a strip of land near the island of Utøya where most of Breivik’s 77 victims were killed.
The project was generally approved of aesthetically, but about 20 locals, some of whom helped save lives during the massacre, sued the state to block the project, arguing it would harm the local community and landscape.
They saw the planned memorial as too invasive and too close to their homes.
In order to appease critics [20 critics - PV], Norway’s minister of communal affairs and modernisation, Jan Tore Sanner, said on Wednesday that the project would be abandoned and another as-yet-undecided memorial would be raised on the dock where the ferry to Utøya departs.
Two, anyway, both young, new, inexperienced, and untested, trying to push the established and highly competent and knowledgeable leadership aside to make room for themselves.
Ah, great idea.
Yesterday the ex-head of Homeland Security testified in Congress, in detail, about extensive Russian interference.
Over to Bozo.
President Trump on Thursday called Russia's meddling in the 2016 election “all a big Dem HOAX” and accused former president Barack Obama and his administration of not doing enough last year to “stop” Russian interference.
. . . .
In another Thursday tweet, Trump wrote, “If Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin. Why didn't they stop them?”
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
[Update. I have seen reports claiming that Castile was reaching for his ID and was actually saying so as he did it. I don't hear that on the tape, and clearly the officer didn't hear it, if that actually happened.]
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
There's still a big opening in America for white nationalism -- or FDR liberalism
Thing is, to do this the Dems would have to spend a lot of time on Sister Souljah moments.
And that's because both the right and left wing noise machines have spent decades convincing whites that blacks mostly, but other nonwhites also, hate them with a deathless and irremediable passion and will harm them politically as much as they can, as soon as they can.
Such moments can do nothing about the loyalties and behavior of whites who actually hate blacks.
David Duke and Richard Spencer will remain David Duke and Richard Spencer.
But they can help keep comfortable in the increasingly female, nonwhite, and LGBT Democratic fold a whole lot of whites who don't hate but fear blacks, just as all that propaganda from both machines intends they should.
But Bill Clinton was the last Democrat to act on this.
The hypocrisy and blame-shifting of the following kind of piece is not only stunning and offensive, it is totally disgusting.
Our Fear of Black Men is Racist, and It Killed Philando Castile
Monday, June 19, 2017
It took a long time to fix this.
Thank Earl Warren and his court, whom conservatives and Republicans never stop cursing.
And a loose reading of the Civil War amendments, including incorporation.
Loving v. Virginia
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!
Deputy AG Rosenstein wrote a memo for the president that did not outright urge firing Comey but provided plenty of "for cause" cover in case he did that.
In the above tweet, Bozo is universally believed to be alluding to that memo and, as is his wont, lying about it.
And, anyway, it is not Rosenstein but Mueller, a man appointed for the job by Rosenstein to Republican and White House applause, who is investigating the whole Russia thing.
When the firing occurred, it was immediately recognized by everyone - and Bozo himself has since confirmed - that the real reason was that Comey would not play ball with Trump and drop any part of the Russia investigation, including the Flynn part.
But in the same tweet The Greatest Blowhard Ever confirms he is indeed under investigation.
Could be he was just playing into the accepted narrative that he is, and actually he has not been notified by anyone that he is, and has no knowledge that he is.
All the same, that is not how his liars are now making the case he admitted nothing of the kind in the tweet.
Update, 06202017, 0849 hrs EDT.
His surrogates now explain his tweet was in response to a preceding WAPO report based on an anonymous source that he was under investigation.
So it isn't independent confirmation.
Neither Trump nor anyone in the White House has any source on this matter apart from the media, themselves.
The very scenario I speculated.
The extent and impunity of police violence in America are a shocking national disgrace.
Still, this incendiary racist lie should have been over the line even for that known racist shitpaper, The Guardian.
The policeman in question is Latino, by the way, and not to the eye entirely white.
Jared Kushner headed to Middle East to broker peace talks
Top White House aide Jared Kushner will travel to the Middle East this week to help pave the way for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, it was reported.
Kushner, who President Trump has designated as his go-to guy to broker a peace agreement, will arrive Wednesday for meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah, the Wall Street Journal reported , citing White House officials.
Why does my life insurance cost about 50% more than my wife's given we are the same age, roughly the same health conditions, and my coverage is actually a bit less?
Secret health care bill roils Senate Republicans
When a reporter noted the other day that Senate Republicans are pushing a health care bill amid a level of secrecy “not seen since before World War I,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) dismissed the observation as “crazy talk.”
In this case, the GOP gambit may be “crazy,” but the charge is true.
Don Ritchie, the official historian emeritus of the U.S. Senate, told the L.A. Times last week that during the Wilson administration, Senate Democrats crafted major tariff reforms in secret, but such an approach to federal legislating “hasn’t happened since.”
The report on the GOP’s health care scheme, citing Ritchie’s analysis, added, “[N]ot since the years before World War I has the Senate taken such a partisan, closed-door approach to major legislation.”
The truth may make Cornyn uncomfortable, but doesn’t make it wrong.
The same article had this striking quote from a key Republican senator:
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said holding public hearings about the legislation would only give Democrats more opportunity to attack the bill.
“We have zero cooperation from the Democrats,” he said. “So getting it in public gives them a chance to get up and scream.”
It’s a fascinating, albeit bizarre, perspective.
To hear Orrin Hatch tell it, there’s nothing especially problematic with Republicans tackling a health care overhaul – life-or-death legislation, affecting one-sixth of the world’s largest economy – in total secrecy, because if there was transparency, some might criticize the legislation.
It was a lie at the time, but the GOP complained the Dems were drafting at least parts of O-care in secret.
In truth, the whole process of drafting and adopting O-care was of exemplary transparency.
Russia on Monday angrily condemned the downing of a Syrian aircraft by a U.S. fighter as a “flagrant violation of international law,” and said its forces will treat U.S.-led coalition aircraft and drones as targets if they are operating in Syrian airspace west of the Euphrates while Russian aviation is on combat missions.
The Russian Defense Ministry also said it is suspending an agreement to minimize the risk of in-flight incidents between Russian and U.S.-led coalition aircraft operating over Syria.
Russia, which has provided military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2015, was reacting to U.S. military confirmation that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 fighter-bomber on Sunday.
The Syrian jet had just dropped bombs near members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a militia aligned with the U.S. military in the campaign against the Islamic State.
Andrea Mitchell is outraged, outraged that the president is being soft on the Russians about this, er, outrage.
That's why only lawyers deeply trained in traditional constitutional wisdom can ever be deluded enough to think there is an answer, and they actually know what it is.
The Constitution Looks Like Trump’s Only Hope
Can a sitting president be indicted?
Can a president be guilty of obstruction of justice?
Remember the Saturday Night Massacre?
Was the Nixon impeachment bogus?
I can drive my car for any reason I want.
So can I be the getaway driver in return for a cut?
Only lawyers think that one is a puzzling question.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
"If the president does it that means it's not illegal."
Who first floated that idea in those very, selfsame words?
Friday, June 16, 2017
Trump leads the ignorant, stupid, racist, mostly male white canaille.
He was the nominee of and is the president of a party he never belonged to and damned throughout the campaign, but whose radical right wing agenda he fairly serves.
He leads a government he denounced as corrupt, hand in hand with an establishment he furiously railed at, at the head of a system he bellowed was unAmerican, unpatriotic, and antiwhite, having "won" an election he said would be rigged if he lost only courtesy of the Electors, having in fact lost the voters suffrage to Hillary, whom he endlessly damned - a fact he denied, insisting absurdly, baselessly, and racistly her entire lead of 3 million votes was owing to 3 to 5 million illegal votes cast by illegal aliens.
He repeatedly endorsed a threatened uprising of his supporters in case the rigged election was stolen from him and from them - meaning in case he lost.
Bernie leads the mostly male and white anticapitalists.
He was a candidate for the nomination of a party he never belonged to and damned throughout the campaign, and has damned since, and indeed all his life long, but was overwhelmingly rejected in a process he denounced as rigged.
Throughout his campaign he denounced the government as corrupt, the system and election process as rigged, the establishment as an evil capitalist oligarchy, the Democrats in general and Hillary personally as bought and paid for, calling repeatedly, angrily, and urgently for a socialist revolution.
His fans, still in sheeps clothing as "progressives", continue to insist the Democrats must adopt him and his rejected agenda.
Always remember what it suits Trumpists and Sandersites to pretend did not happen, that Hillary won the suffrage of the American voters.
(What did Democrats who rejected Bernie reject, anyway?
Most of his advertised legislative agenda, surely, but also and especially his and his supporters' vociferous and passionate, past and continuing rejections of capitalism, the system, the establishment, the American republic, the American government, the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, and the emerging future of global democratic capitalism.
Him, them, and their stupid revolution.)
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Bernie supporters included a lot of overheated, bitterly alienated whackos of the left, every bit as angry as the nut jobs of the right.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Why hacking the NSA and releasing their tools were not good things.
Criminals hide behind - and share! - widespread hostility to US cyber forces encouraged by Big Tech "libertarians," radical leftists, media and liberal fools, and anarchists.
Along with racist militias and right wing Jihaders.
Side by side with the Russians, the Chinese, the Koreans, and other swell folks.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Andrew Johnson's "Message to Congress," December 4, 1865.
Including such whoppers as that the US constitution was ratified by the whole people of the whole nation, who voted for that purpose, and that the assertions of the perpetuity of the Union in The Articles of Confederation, ignored in every way at Philadelphia, mean the Philadelphia constitution disallows secession.
And that secession did not really happen, but the states that had attempted it, still and always in the Union, were subjected to civil tumult and unrepublican government the general government had every right and duty to put down.
Hence the US president was not a conqueror and the Union army did not occupy the territory of a defeated foreign power.
Though it is not all lies, it is a complete rejection of the realism urged by Stevens.
Reading John David Smith.
Lincoln was criticized for fighting a war without congressional authorization.
Fighting a war against a foreign power would constitutionally require that.
Putting down domestic insurrection, civil disorder, and domestic tumult, seeing that the laws are faithfully executed, would arguably not.
Gingrich is and always was a knife fighting, lying sack of shirt.
He is now the perfect Trumpist, out to intimidate Mueller, prepare the base for a new Saturday Night Massacre, and pave the way for Republican acceptance and defense of just such overt and totally over the top obstruction of justice.
First Christopher Ruddy of Newsmax, and now Newt.
When Mueller was named, the leadership of both parties was cheered.
Even the Trump White House was OK with his selection.
News sources confirm Trump can't fire Mueller, but the Attorney General, whom he can fire, can.
Except Sessions has recused himself from all matters connected to the Russian investigation, so actually it would be the Assistant AG, the same guy who appointed him.
Monday, June 12, 2017
The CNN story has this headline.
But it doesn't for a moment consider whether they might nominate someone else in 2020.
It's only about "distancing" and 2018.
Comey testified under oath he at one point asked a friend to share info from his memos of his Trump conversations with the press.
The memos are not classified and Comey broke no law doing this, though the physical memos are FBI property.
But Bozo and his surrogates and allies are denouncing Comey's "leaks".
Comey defenders insist it's not a leak if it's not both classified information and an illegal release.
Light turnout, but 97% voted for statehood.
It would be blue, I think.
And, on second thought, we need another guaranteed blue state to help redress the imbalance in the Senate and the Electoral College.
Statehood for DC !
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Thaddeus Stevens on reconstruction, p 70, A Just and Lasting Peace.
What are we to make of white people who, even as late as the dawn of the 20th Century, or later still, professed to lament the defeat of the South?
Or to celebrate the heroism of the Rebels, who fought to establish an empire of slavery?
Josh Marshall is perfectly right to make this argument that there is nothing like a NATO fund to which anybody could owe back payments.
But Trump is saying that over all that time that country X did not carry its weight everybody else, mostly the US, was carrying its weight.
And for that payback is due, not to some imaginary NATO defense fund but to the US.
He just hasn't made the point completely clear.
In his view, each member of the NATO alliance should spend as much on its own defense as we spend on its defense - not absolutely in dollars, d-marks, or whatever (so far, anyway), but according to its ability, as a percentage of GDP.
And if they haven't they owe us.
Not an easy point to dispute.
Which is not to say it's indisputable, but so far the left is avoiding even engaging the point by instead leaning heavily on the always entirely believable "Trump is ignorant, confused, and incoherent" line.
Worse than John McCain in a senior moment.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Army Stands by Naming Bases after Confederate Generals
A story published in June of 2015.
Should we name outposts after Nazi or Communist generals in a spirit of reconciliation?
They, too, hold a place in our history.
And surely it ought to be clear enough that confederate military leaders were not military leaders in our army, they were not leaders in our military history?
Except for those who betrayed both their country and their oath to support the US Constitution in order to support the Confederacy, instead, of course.
Shouldn't our Attorney General change his middle name?
MSNBC.com reached out to the Army to ask whether bases named after Confederate generals who fought against the U.S. should be renamed.
“Every Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history. Accordingly, these historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies,” said U.S. Army Chief of Public Affairs, Brig. General Malcom B. Frost in an exclusive statement to msnbc.com.
“It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation, not division.”
Of the 18 Army bases across the country named after Civil War generals, eight of them are named after Confederates.
U.S. Flag Waves Over 10 Army Bases Proudly Named for Confederate Officers
As Lee's army moved north into Pennsylvania any free blacks encountered he sent south into slavery.
Watching Ken Burn's The Civil War on Netflix.
Trump’s legal team was confirmed to be preparing to file a complaint against Comey, for sharing his memos of meetings with the president with the New York Times.
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication ... and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” Trump tweeted in his first public comments on Thursday’s Senate intelligence committee hearing, bringing to a close an unusually prolonged silence for a president whose first line of defense is often expressed in 140 characters or less.
Trump appeared to be accusing Comey of lying to Congress in a hearing that was watched across the country.
After Comey’s testimony, Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz said in a brief statement to the press the former FBI director had “admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorised disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president”.
The legal complaint will be filed with the office of the inspector general for the Department of Justice early next week, according to a source close to the legal team who did not want to speak on the record before the complaint was filed.
The legal team will also send a complaint to the Senate judiciary committee regarding Comey’s testimony before that panel last month – as well as his testimony before the intelligence committee – to clarify on the record what Trump’s legal team views as discrepancies and falsehoods in the displaced FBI director’s testimony.
Richard Painter, a White House ethics counsel under George W Bush, said such an action would only amplify the notion that Trump was trying to impede the investigation.
“Trying to get DOJ to go after Comey – a material witness – over ‘leak’ is yet more obstruction of Justice,” he tweeted.
On cable news live, he's making his campaign points on the same topics, utter John Gault bullshit, filled with his usual meandering, contradictory complaints about hated government getting in everybody's way for no reason at all.
So far, as I understand it, it's really just a slew of tax cuts and regulation cutbacks, gifts to businesses to the cost of consumers, workers, and the environment, dressed up in a ridiculous costume, pretending to be an infrastructure, pro-blue collar guy plan.
(Remind you of the plan to "repeal and replace" Obamacare?)
Bozo calling out "Hey! Look at all this cool stuff! Forget Russia and that rat-fink Comey!"
Thursday, June 8, 2017
During an unmistakable and prolonged senior moment, he claimed he was unable to understand that it was not proof of a double standard, that the investigation of Hillary's use of a private email server was completed by last July with no charges brought while the investigation of Russian involvement in the election and possible collusion by persons involved in the Trump campaign is not over and may yet result in charges.
He seemed completely confused and to somehow think Hillary and her team had been or should have been or should be foci of the investigation of Russian efforts to ensure she lost the election.
But his babbling was so confused and muddled that poor Comey really didn't know quite what to say as McCain several times challenged him for this "double standard".
Update, later that same day.
And now we know it's not just me.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Majority of British voters agree with Corbyn's claim UK foreign policy increases risk of terrorism
It knocked Spain out, remember?
Yes, in so many ways, Corbyn is horrible.
But Theresa May, the Tories, and Brexit are so much worse.
Two teams of attackers used gunfire and explosives to strike Iran's parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran Wednesday, according to state media.
The twin attacks wounded at least 42 people and killed 12.
"Deputy Interior Minister Hossein Zolfaqari said that the terrorists had entered the parliament in [women's] dress," Iran's state news agency reports.
It adds that a female assailant detonated herself outside the mausoleum.
What Does It Mean When ISIS Claims Responsibility For An Attack?
The Iranian Intelligence Ministry says it foiled a third attack and is asking people to avoid public transportation, state broadcaster IRIB reports.
Islamic State, via its Amaq news agency, claimed responsibility for the attacks, NPR's Alison Meuse reports.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Saudi Arabia said it was cutting ties due to Qatar’s “embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region,” including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and militants supported by Iran in the kingdom’s restive Eastern Province.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an “antagonist approach” toward Cairo and said “all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed.”
Qatar long has denied funding extremists, though Western officials have accused it of allowing or even encouraging funding of Sunni extremists like al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, once known as the Nusra Front.
The Gulf countries ordered their citizens out of Qatar and gave Qataris abroad 14 days to return home to their peninsular nation, whose only land border is with Saudi Arabia.
The countries also said they would eject Qatar’s diplomats.
The nations said they planned to cut air and sea traffic to Qatar. Trucks carrying food have begun lining up on the Saudi side of the border, apparently stranded.
Qatar Airways, one of the region’s major long-haul carriers, has suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain until further notice.
On its website, the carrier said the suspension of its flights would take effect Tuesday and customers are being offered a refund.
Saudi Arabia meanwhile said Tuesday it revoked Qatar Airways’ operating licenses and closed the airline’s offices in the kingdom.
The Saudi ports authority said Qatari-flagged shipping vessels are barred from docking.
It said it ordered shipping agents not to receive any vessels owned by Qatari companies or Qatari nationals and not to unload any goods from Qatar.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
He endorses Trump's attacks on the Mayor of London and on PC, and supports Trump's demand the US courts allow his travel ban to go through.
Nigel Farage is a paid political commentator and expert on Brit affairs on Fox News.
Echoing the Trump line, he says Britain has been "hidebound by political correctness" and blames both the Mayor and Theresa May for not doing enough.
‘Calls for internment will grow’: Fox contributor linked to Russia scandal suggests camps for British Muslims
“This is now the third terrorist incident that has happened in my country in the space of as many months,” he explained.
“And the mood that I get now is we want some real action. We don’t just want speeches.”
“And if there is not action, the calls for internment will grow,” Farage added.
“We have 3,000 people on sort of a known terrorist list. And we’re watching their actions. But a further 20,000 people who are persons of interests, namely they’re linked by some way to extremist organizations. Unless we see the public getting tough, you will see public calls for those 3,000 to be arrested.”
Farage admitted that the move “might alienate decent fair-minded Muslims.”
Later in the morning, Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins also told Fox & Friends that “we do need interment camps.”
An outspoken film-maker, Theo van Gogh, was shot dead by a 26-year-old Dutch-born Muslim last Tuesday.
Since then a series of public figures have been threatened with death by Islamic extremists.
And doesn't this sound an awful lot like that attack?
Brendan Cox: ‘It would be easy to be consumed by fury and hatred and bile’
Thomas Mair, a 52-year-old Nazi sympathiser incensed by Jo’s support for refugees, had calmly approached the MP outside her constituency surgery in the Yorkshire village of Birstall, shot her with a sawn-off shotgun, pulled her to the ground and stabbed her repeatedly with a dagger.
A 77-year-old pensioner who tried to stop him was stabbed. Cox’s last words were to her two assistants: “Get away, let him hurt me, don’t let him hurt you!”
Mair’s last words, after shooting her twice more, were: “Britain first. Britain will always come first.”
His tweetstorm includes one insisting this proves his travel ban is right and necessary.
Archie Bunker in the White House.
- Seven people have been killed and dozens injured during attacks in two closely connected areas of London on Saturday night. The police are treating the attacks as terrorist incidents.
- Police were called when a white rental van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge at about 10.08pm Saturday night. The van continued on to nearby Borough Market where three attackers emerged and carried out multiple stabbings in pubs and restaurants.
- Armed police arrived and shot the attackers dead within 8 minutes of being alerted. The attackers were armed with knives and wore what turned out to be fake suicide vests.
- There were multiple casualties in addition to the deaths, with London Ambulance Service saying at least 48 people have been taken to five hospitals in the capital. The NHS said 21 are in a critical condition.
British Prime Minister Theresa May claimed there was "too much tolerance" of Islamist extremism in the UK as she vowed a clampdown in the wake of the third terror attack to hit the UK this year.
Seven people died and 48 were injured when three masked men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before leaping out and launching a stabbing spree in nearby bars and restaurants.
Police said the three attackers, wearing fake suicide belts to sow further panic, were shot dead within eight minutes of police receiving the first emergency call just after 10 p.m. local time.
Authorities announced 12 arrests on Sunday.
Speaking in Downing Street five days before the UK general election, May described the latest attack as "brutal" and said extremism had to be defeated.
"We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are," she said.
"Enough is enough."
People are prone to forget three things.
First, we can no more prevent terrorism than feminists can end rape and take back the night.
Second, terrorists killing a few people at a time, even a few dozens, or even occasionally a thousand or so, do not and cannot constitute "an existential threat" or "a threat to our way of life".
Third, the rule in general is that Western nations, especially the US, can be counted on to wildly overreact to terrorist attacks.
The two clearest examples were the manhunt for the Boston Bombers and the subsequent investigation, and the destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan by GW Bush in response to the events of 9/11/2001.
About 6 feet high at the center of the not really flat top, the thing is sort of a large rectangle about 4 feet in depth and 11 or 12 feet in width.
I'm over 6 feet tall and it took me two days of tiptoe stretching, leaning way into the hedge, to get the new growth trimmed.
Now I need to figure out how to cut away enough old growth to make it no more than 4 feet tall and maybe not much more than 3 feet in depth.
While I was at it I trimmed off the low growth of the tree in the front yard to keep the walkway clear, and attended to the proliferation of foreign saplings mixed up with the rose bushes and lilacs in the side yard.
That was another day.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
During her Wednesday interview at ReCode’s Code Conference 2017, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blamed her loss at least partly on misogyny, while claiming that President Obama was able to overcome racial barriers due to his appearance.
“So I never said I was a perfect candidate, and I certainly have never said I ran perfect campaigns, but I don’t know who is or did,” she told interviewer Kara Swisher.
“And at some point it sort of bleeds into misogyny. And let’s just be honest, you know, people who have a set of expectations about who should be president and what a president looks like, you know, they’re going to be much more skeptical and critical of somebody who doesn’t look like and talk like and sound like everybody else who’s been president.”
Yes, she makes too much of misogyny, exactly as she and the white sisterhood did during the campaign and just as some of her sisterhood surrogates did, absurdly claiming discrimination against even white women was a greater historic wrong and a greater obstacle than racism has been in America for black men.
She then attempted to explain Barack Obama’s success and her failure by complimenting his looks.
“And you know, President Obama broke that racial barrier, but you know, he’s a very attractive, good-looking man with lots of —”
“Well, he’s likable enough,” Swisher quipped, a reference to a remark Obama made in a debate during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries.
“He’s likable enough, absolutely!” Clinton responded.
George Will said he was as elegant as Fred Astaire.
Friends and foes alike often called him a rock star.
This was a very significant difference between Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson, and goes far to explain why the former succeeded while the latter failed.
It's the Oreo thing, as O's black critics so perceptively put it.
They said with scorn and resentment that he talked and acted white.
Meaning he didn't sound like a ghetto street thug with his mouth full of mashed potatoes, as Jesse Jackson did, and still does.
Paris Agreement is European ploy to put the US economy in shackles, says EPA chief Scott Pruitt
When the Republicans rejected the Kyoto deal they said it was because it would shackle the US economy to the advantage of China.
But Trump says China is pretty cool, and he's left our policy toward North Korea in China's hands.
Trump's bête noire is neither China nor, you old sap, Russia.
It's Europe, you dope.
European leaders urged the United States to stay in the Paris climate agreement so they could suppress the American economy, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Friday.
"The world applauded when we joined Paris, and you know why? I think they applauded because they knew it was going to put this country at an economic disadvantage," he said during a White House press briefing.
"And the reason European leaders ... that I think they want us to stay in, is because they know it will continue to shackle our economy," he said.
I'll bet if you asked he'd tell you climate change is a hoax - and that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim Marxist who was not born in the US and hates America to the marrow of his bones.
He called himself a "house nigger," though with no apparent racially disparaging intent.
A startling choice of words to achieve a very poor joke.
The two were discussing teenagers and maturity when Maher mentioned that adults dress up for Halloween in California.
He then asked Sasse if people do that in Nebraska.
"It's frowned upon. We don't do that quite as much," Sasse said.
"I've got to get to Nebraska more," Maher replied.
"You're welcome. We'd love to have you work in the fields with us," the senator added.
"Work in the fields? Senator, I'm a house n****r," Maher said.
Friday, June 2, 2017
And nobody would be writing stuff like this, a "why Democrats lose" article absurdly indistinguishable from what would have been written if the US president was chosen by a national popular majority and Trump had won that election.
Too many whites are racist and sexist, but that is not why Trump is in the White House.
Trump is in the White House because the US constitution does not award the presidency to the national popular vote winner.
We should do it like the French.
The national popular vote winner gets the job, provided he gets more than half the votes.
If no one gets more than half the votes then another vote is held to decide between the two candidates who did best in the first vote.
And while we're at it we can exclude from eligibility anyone who has not been elected to the senate or a governorship and served a full term, or twice in succession been elected to and served a full term in a seat in the house.
That would keep out at least some of the most notably idiotic and disgraceful amateurs beloved of the brainless fans of reality TV.
And create a commission to enforce eligibility requirements, since nobody right now seems to have that job.
Though, of course, this is a change that will never happen.
And yet, the deal allegedly allows China to expand fossil fuel consumption for some decades, still, while requiring the US and Europe to cut back.
The very sort of bias that led the senate to reject Kyoto when Clinton submitted it.
Job killing deals?
Unemployment is 4.3%, its lowest in some 10 years, they say.
More on Pittsburgh re this story.