Military Power has got this country into problems…Open Thread for April 13, 2017

I just saw something that I think is crazy and dangerous….

There are reports that the Trump Admin is ‘leaking’ threats to attack North Korea attempts to put together a nuclear ballistic missile test…

Yes …ATTACK , like the Israeli’s did back in the day in the Middle East…

I hope this isn’t a game of chicken…

North Korea is country that has a huge military…

Soeul, The main city in South Korea is only 30 miles from the DMZ, which has tens’s of thousands of US and South Korean soldiers….

A strong push by more than 100,000 communist troops is gonna be a problem…

Trump and the General’s have surely been emboldened by their Syrian and Afghanistan military actions…

But neither country is anywhere close to the ability of the North Korean military which is thought to have simple nuclear weapons and military in the millions…

I hope cooler heads prevail….

America does NOT need to go back to World War II fighting two military actions on both sides of the planet…

In a statement Thursday, North Korea issued a warning to the U.S. — should it take action — of a “merciless retaliatory strike.”

“By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the US is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war,” North Korea’s statement said.

South Korea foreign minister Yun Byung said U.S. officials have “repeatedly reaffirmed that” the U.S. “will closely discuss with South Korea its North Korea-related measures.”

“In fact, the U.S. is working to reassure us that it will not, just in case that we might hold such concerns.”

President Trump on Thursday tweeted that he has “great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea.”

“If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! USA,” the president tweeted….

More…

The NY Times has a detailed look at the on the ground action by the North Korea’s that has alarmed American Intelligence and military people...Here…

Democratic Socialist Dave
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Time for a new thread, James.

Manila Calling!
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There are polls (below) and there are Poles (Zreebs?)

Attention Liz Warren!

Want to be the best looking girl at the dance?

Bring an ugly girlfriend!

She will just get uglier according to the below poll.

Not bad for the least popular President since give them hell Harry Truman.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/wash-post-poll-hides-trump-still-beats-clinton-43-40/article/2621016

Manila Calling!
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He’s not my President!

🔴Zreebs
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I just read James’s initial comments before the article. See his third from the bottom sentence. Are you suggesting that North Korea’s military has more ability than the American military?

CG
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Macron and LePen advance to the runoff in France. I was hoping it would be Macron and Fillon to advance, and I do not really know which I would have preferred among them, but certainly in this runoff, I will side with Barack Obama and hope for a Macron victory over Trump’s choice LePen. I am glad that Melanchon, the far left-candidate did not advance against LePen. Since Keith believes that anybody who opposes or even questions in anyway the efforts of a woman to… Read more »
Democratic Socialist Dave
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But why are you whining about Trump’s miners ?

What about poor, old Dan Blankenship, that railroaded political prisoner of conscience ?

My Name Is jack
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He won’t.

CG
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Trump spoke in the past about what a good guy Blago was and how he got a “raw deal”, etc. This was during the time he was firing him on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Trump could get him out of prison now for real if he wanted to.

My Name Is jack
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While a crook like Blago languishes in jail,a thief who stole over 25 million dollars in a phony “university” scheme serves as President of the United States with the support of those who claim to believe in something called,

“Traditional values.”

Who knew common,ordinary theft was a “value?”

Democratic Socialist Dave
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Former U.S. Ambassadors to the Dominion of New Zealand (from the Embassy itself):

https://nz.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/policy-history/former-u-s-ambassadors-to-new-zealand/

Besides Carol Moseley Braun, I recognise only a few names, such as Patrick Hurley (the new embassy was important then because NZ was in the Pacific Theatre of Operations) and Josiah Beeman (the name of an SF Supervisor, although I don’t know if it’s the same person).

Keith
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Perhaps he can run for the Senate from there Scott? New Zealand seems to be where loser Senators go, Carol Braun was Ambassador for a few years too.

Scott will be perfect there, he can run around with his shirt off all day. (Something Carol never did I trust).

scott p
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But there are so many states he hasn’t lost Senate races in yet.

Democratic Socialist Dave
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No significant Tory of either sex – not even the Iron Lady herself – has ever been foolhardy enough to suggest that the National Health Service * be dismantled and that Britain return to the Halcyon days before 1948. (Many Tories, including I think Mrs Thatcher in her day, declare that they’re on the National Health, rather than a private alternative such as the British United Provident Association, and show their card as an example of their sympathy with the life of ordinary Britons.) That’s… Read more »
Keith
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Only if you promise to obsess every time she wears a pantsuit. And this might be a good time for a lecture on how the Tories are just like the Republicans.

CG
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I am sure Keith will take the chance to tell us that anybody who does not support (and without any equivocation or possible lack of enthusiasm at that) the right of Theresa May to be the leader of her country is sexist.

Democratic Socialist Dave
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Left one small party (the once-dominant and ruling Ulster Unionists) out of that roll call: The House divided: Ayes: 522 Noes: 13 Question accordingly agreed to. 325 – 0 = Conservative (Tories) 174 – 9 = Labour 8 – 0 = Liberal Democrat 8 – 0 = Democratic Unionist (N. Ireland) 1 – 3 = Independent 3 – 0 = Plaid Cymru (Welsh Nationalist) 2 – 0 = Ulster Unionist Party 1 – 0 = Green 0 – 1 = SDLP (Social Democratic & Labour… Read more »
Democratic Socialist Dave
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A sample of the parliamentary back-and-forth in today’s House of Commons debate about Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s motion to over-ride the Fixed Term Parliament Act by a two-thirds vote (easily achieved today) and call an early General Election on 8 June 2017. I didn’t see the video (available from several sources) but the written transcript is lively enough. Parliamentary premiers and opposition leaders in the U.K. (including the Northern Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Greater London assemblies), Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other Westminster-model… Read more »
Democratic Socialist Dave
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Today’s Parliamentary vote on calling an early General Election on 8 June 2017

(from Hansard on line, the British equivalent of The Congressional Record)

Division 196
19 April 2017

The House divided:
Ayes: 522
Noes: 13

Question accordingly agreed to.

325 – 0 = Conservative (Tories)
174 – 9 = Labour

8 – 0 = Liberal Democrat
8 – 0 = Democratic Unionist (N. Ireland)
1 – 3 = Independent
3 – 0 = Plaid Cymru (Welsh Nationalist)
1 – 0 = Green
0 – 1 = SDLP (Social Democratic & Labour Party – N. Ireland nationalists)

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-04-19/division/BE856226-DD6B-4409-9462-D8D910F942D1/EarlyParliamentaryGeneralElection?outputType=Party

Democratic Socialist Dave
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Theresa May wins Commons backing for 8 June general election Anushka Asthana, The Guardian (U.K.) Theresa May has won the overwhelming backing of MPs for her decision to hold a general election on 8 June, saying it would secure “stability and certainty” as Britain prepares to enter Brexit talks. MPs backed the government motion to hold a general election, with 522 voting in favour and 13 against, a majority of 509. It gives the prime minister the two-thirds majority she needed to overturn the Fixed-Term… Read more »
Democratic Socialist Dave
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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May (Cons,) calls a snap general election for Thursday, June 8, 2017

The current House of Commons’ term would not normally expire until 2020.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-396296

bdog
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The last four lines I totally agree…if she had had that personality…that 100K wouldn’t have happened…

B-Dog
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I hate to keep bringing up the Topic of Hilary Clinton and her loss, but after reading this most recent Poll, I can’t help to think how tremendously bad a candidate she was in the likeability category seeing as she lost to this guy with 40% approval ratings

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/poll-trump-approval-republicans-237289

Keith
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Good to hear you are well Jack. I share your feelings.

My Name Is jack
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James and Keith,

Thanks for your concern.

I am physically fine.My absence relates to the fact that I find myself less inclined to pontificate on matters of the day.Ill probably emerge soon,likely on a less frequent basis than in the past however.

B-Dog
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Daniel that Trailer didn’t reveal too much…not very excited about it…Doubt Luke goes bad…he is just going Rogue (or dead)…

Daniel G.
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OMG, Luke is turning to the Dark. That explains a lot that Rey is now the last Jedi.

Daniel G.
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Big reveal james,
Apparently only Rey is the last Jedi. Getting concerned now that Luke might die in Episode 8.

Daniel G.
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New Star Wars Trailer for Star Wars Episode 8 “The Last Jedi” coming out in about an hour.

I’m so excited.

bdog
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Very Machiavellian…Blow some shit up and show force to distract from all the problems you got…

But I do agree that bombs on Syrian Government forces needed to happen, just real convenient for the Trump Admin…