Monday, July 31, 2017

Why?

http://www.fox32chicago.com/sports/cubs/271103466-story

Daisy Duke


1977

2017

Gone too, never to be heard of again

Scaramucci, we hardly knew ye.
Although he is just over 5 ft tall, it is reported that he does not have a Napoleon complex


"President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision said Monday, relieving him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president’s senior staff," the NYT reports.
The decision to remove Mr. Scaramucci, who had boasted about reporting directly to the president not the chief of staff, John F. Kelly, came at Mr. Kelly’s request, the people said. Mr. Kelly made clear to members of the White House staff at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge.

The ax is swung as years of financial mismanagement and secular thought takes it's toll

Last week, numerous long-time loyal employees at St. Xavier University were told they were fired immediately and were then escorted to their cars by armed guards.

It seems that the college is having severe financial problems. The formerly great institution which has developed highly recognized education and nursing programs, has also developed a dependency on government aide programs, which are being phased out. Previous administrations spent all the money as if this day would never come and neglected to create reserves.

As an aside, the good Sisters of Mercy are long gone and the makeup of the current Board of Trustees is secular.





I have to ask, where was he going?

LINK fox32chicago AK-47 El train

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Too many guns on the street, let's start with the cops

Minneapolis mayoral candidate proposes disarming police of guns. They can keep their guns in their cars. 

serious
He thinks you can bring a night stick to a gun fight. Criminals enthusiastically approve.
From Fox9: MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – State Representative and Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn is calling for major policing changes, proposing to take away guns from the majority of officers. 
Dehn is one of several candidates running to beat current Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges in the fall.
He recently won the support of voters at the Democratic Farmer Labor convention and now his call to

Get ready to see this soon

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Starting Friday, a number of Minneapolis restaurants will include an extra fee with your meal to fund health care.
Barbette, the Bryant Lake Bowl and the Bird are just a few of Ann Bartman’s restaurants. She’s adding a 3 percent service charge to customer’s checks to offset the rising cost of healthcare for her employees.
It comes to 60 cents for every $20 spent.
Health and dental benefits have been part of Bartman’s business for many years.

City residents have gun rights too

Chicago Guns Matter founder Rhonda Ezell says citizens have same right as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to enjoy protection via firearms.

Ezell founded Chicago Guns Matter amid her ongoing fight for a change in city ordinances to allow more shooting ranges in more places for better accessibility.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 49-year-old Ezell has suffered from serious health problems throughout her years and the 50-mile drive to the nearest shooting range is physically draining for her. To remedy the situation, she joined with the Illinois State Rifle Association in a lawsuit aimed at eliminating Chicago’s strangle hold on new shooting range construction. The suit, Ezell v. Chicago, resulted in Chicago’s myriad regulations on shooting ranges being tossed.
Subsequent with these things was the fact that Ezell received a kidney transplant, which

Friday, July 28, 2017

Meet John Kelly, our kind of guy.

Trump Ousts Chief of Staff Priebus, Installs Ret. Gen. Kelly
by ANDREW RAFFERTY


President Donald Trump on Friday removed his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and tapped Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for the job.

The stunning shakeup is the latest chapter in the West Wing drama that has unfolded publicly in recent days. White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci attacked Priebus in profane terms in an interview on Thursday, predicted he would soon be out of a job, and pledged to crack down on leaks that Scaramucci suspected had come from Priebus.

But what may have ultimately doomed Priebus is the failure of congressional Republicans to repeal Obamacare.

Priebus, former chairman of the Republican National Committee during last year's presidential

Women of the 19th Ward

Lives in Mt. Greenwood, works at a local bank branch

The White House has an angry midget calling the shots

                                                         http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-angry-man
5' 0" tall in stocking feet

How much is he being paid for this?





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The New Democratic Party

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government

Be assured, this is not your father's democratic party. 

left, left, left, left, left, left, left, left, left, left, left, left, left, left, 

Time to get out of the way

In Over His Head
US--Trump-Sessions-Beleaguered-Time-To-Just-Go

He should be working his ass off jump starting a department that hasn't functioned properly for years. Instead, he is busy hiding under the desk. WTF is that? 

Like he didn't already get his ass kicked.....

GOVERNOR RAUNER CALLS GENERAL ASSEMBLY BACK INTO SPECIAL SESSION FOR SCHOOL FUNDING 

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CHICAGO - Frustrated that the Democrat leadership drags its feet in moving to his desk a bill that passed the legislature May 31st, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner called all lawmakers back to the State Capitol Wednesday. 
“Democrats have been holding this bill since May 31. Our families and students cannot wait any longer,” Gov. Rauner said. “We must act now, which is why I’m calling lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session. Our schools must open on time.”
Yet the governor's office nor selected state lawmakers have offered explanation how the

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Foo Fighters - Something From Nothing

Brother Rice Chicago vs. Brother Rice Michigan Mini Movie

Chance

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Police in Connecticut say more than 90 people were hospitalized during a concert featuring Chance the Rapper.
 
Authorities say many were taken to hospitals for excessive drinking.
 
Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Saturday that officers made 50 underage drinking referrals Friday at Hot 93.7's Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre. Most of those charged were issued a summons to appear in court. Several other arrests were made throughout the evening.
 
Police say the crowd was apparently made up of people in their late teens and early 20s. He says tailgating, partying and excessive alcohol consumption was "extremely prevalent."
 
Foley says a large number of people hospitalized were underage attendees experiencing "severe intoxication."
 
Other artists performing at the concert were Kyle, PnB Rock and ANoyd.
 

The USS Gerald Ford Is the Most Advanced Aircraft Carrier in the World

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Out of control........taxing and spending

Toni the Taxer....Genuine Lack of Transparency
Preckwinkle to seek third term, refuses to admit tax hikes helped secure county patronage. Her office has hired 70 administrators since April.

Sounds like the bully got what she asked for...... but did the victim have to pull out a gun

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cpd-dispatcher-charged-with-shooting-woman-during-traffic-dispute/

Global Warming, no doubt

More flooding expected with 'torrential' rains possible Saturday

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Linkin Park Chester Bennington dead at 41



An incredible talent.

OJ is out again

Paroled

Sessions, at risk of being the most ineffective AG in history, should think about retirement. The job is too much for him.


Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

By PETER BAKER, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MAGGIE HABERMANJULY 19, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigatithat has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”


[Read excerpts of The Times’s interview with President Trump.]


In a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Sessions’s decision ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel that should not have happened. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Mr. Trump said.


In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, the president also accused James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired in May, of trying to leverage a dossier of compromising material to keep

4 year old and 6 year old shot on the West side.

These people should be in jail!

Something is nuts in Canada

An example of the evil inherent in liberalism

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stupid but Nice or just Stupid and Cunning?

THORNER: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE "LIBERAL" AND THE NIGHTMARE SUCH THINKING WROUGHT



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My brief experience as a left-leaning, radical liberal feminist came about quite unexpectedly when in a dream I found myself rallying with other feminist radicals, holding a pink sign that read, “I stand with Planned Parenthood,” and making demands that Trump make federal payments to Planned Parenthood.
By Nancy Thorner - 
When the word "Liberal" comes to mind, unknown to many is that the word has a proud heritage.  Originally it was a word that described men who were political opposites of modern "Liberals.”
 The word “liberal” derives from the Latin word for “free.”  As to how the word "liberal" acquired its change of meaning:
The early liberals worked for freedom from burdensome and oppressive old laws and regulations. Liberalism meant action. The ideal of change toward

Employer victim feels sorry for employee culprit

https://www.infowars.com/germany-syrian-hairdresser-hailed-as-model-of-integration-slits-his-female-employers-throat/

WTF

Justine Damond's fiance 'heartbroken' over police shooting
17 July 2017       


The "heartbroken" American fiancé of an Australian shot dead by a US police officer has said they have received almost no information from officials.

Don Damond said his wife-to-be, Justine Damond, was gunned down after calling police to report a possible sexual assault in their quiet neighbourhood.

He said they were "desperate" to find out how Saturday's shooting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, happened.

The officers' body cameras were not turned on at the time.

Monday, July 17, 2017

WANTED BY INDIANA

suspect n the murders of Abigail Williams/Liberty German 
if u have info call 844-459-5786 or email abbylibbytip@cacoshrf.com

Imagine Dragons - Demons (Official)


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Why I Support President Donald Trump

THE BASTILLE, MOB RULE AND EMPTYING OF PRISONS

DI LEO: THE BASTILLE, MOB RULE AND EMPTYING OF PRISONS 

Bastille 
By John F. Di Leo - 
Reflections on big city life on Bastille Day…
Every year on July 14, the French celebrate Bastille Day, the beginning of the end for the Bourbon monarchy, and, ostensibly, the rise of the power of the people.
Even here in the United States, an ocean away, with only the slightest connection to the French people and culture, we enjoy the day as an unofficial holiday. We drink French wine, enjoy brie and crackers, and sing Le Marseillaise(in the original French, of course).  It’s an excuse for a sale, for a party, for a festival.  As long as we don’t dig too deep.
But when we do dig deep… when we do take a moment to think about what happened to France in the 1790s… we cannot help feeling the horror of an age in which a city lost control to madness… and if we dig just a bit deeper, we may find painful similarities to our own time and place.

The Storming of the Bastille
There was a time when the story of the Storming of the Bastille was well known in the United States. A century ago, Americans grew up reading Edmund Burke’s contemporary account, “Reflections on the Revolution in France,” or the later masterpiece by Thomas Carlyle, “The French Revolution, A History.”  Or at least the wonderful Charles Dickens novel, “A Tale of Two Cities.”
But time has passed, and history has fallen out of favor, so all that we know is the romanticized version: The people of Paris, furious at political oppression and poverty, stormed the prison that held so many innocent political prisoners, starting the movement that freed them from despotism and opened the gates to liberty and equality for all.
Sadly, the facts tell a different story.
In truth, a gradual easing of absolute monarchy had already begun under the good king Louis XVI. He wasn’t perfect, but he clearly meant well.  He had convened the Assembly of Notables in 1787, and well-intentioned, thoughtful people, including such lights of the Enlightenment as the Marquis de Lafayette, were meeting to study gradual changes to improve life in France.
But the mob rose in 1789, and destroyed such visions of a calm and peaceful change. They lay siege to the Bastille, long the most famous and imposing prison in France, until the crowd of about a thousand rioters eventually stormed the place on July 14, 1879, murdering the warden and many of his guards, and freeing all those political prisoners.
How many were there?
Seven.
At the time of the Storming of the Bastille, the old prison was largely unused. Because of its lousy conditions (yes, that’s the right adjective; the old place was infested with vermin), they didn’t keep prisoners there long, usually just a few months at most.
There were seven inmates on that fateful day: four convicted forgers, a sexual predator, and two very confused old lunatics.   Think, for a moment, of what was built on the foundation of freeing these seven prisoners:
A hundred attackers and a number of the guards died in the assault on July 14, and revolutionary reputations were built. Heads were displayed on pikes, and the streets ran red with blood for years.
In the years to come, what might have been a gradual and peaceful transformation, from unlimited monarchy to a British-style government of figurehead king and elected parliament, was stillborn.
Because of Bastille Day, hundreds of thousands of Frenchmen were killed in the terrors to come, and a generation of promise was squandered. All because the rabble-rousers (among them, the Marquis de Sade, of all people!) had whipped the crowd into a frenzy, lying about the nature of the prison and its prisoners, lying about the problems France faced, lying about the intentions of the mob’s leaders, who wanted nothing more than to take power for their own benefit, to get revenge for imagined slights, and to wield the awesome powers of public opinion and the guillotine for their own warped ends.
Is this really, truly, anything for 21st Century Americans to celebrate?
21st Century America
We have similar problems in America today.
The problems of history, in fact, are almost unchanging… crime, poverty, illiteracy, disease, sadness, mental illness, starvation. Every country suffers them, and every government is tasked with finding the best way to alleviate them.
In 1780s France, the King had convened an Assembly to work on the problem, but people lost their patience. This is understandable, of course… when you’re starving in the summer or freezing in the winter, being told that men in suits in a fancy hall across town “are working on it” can’t be terribly satisfying.
But the fact remains that some problems take time to solve. Time, and thoughtful study, and, frankly, capitalism.
The only true solution for poverty is the creation of wealth, and that can only happen with economic freedom. The United States were suffering a terrible depression at the same time the French were, but we solved our problem with a Constitutional Convention and the empowerment of Alexander Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury; he built an economic model from whole cloth, and America’s path to prosperity was begun.   The French didn’t have such patience; they chose violence over discussion, mass executions over economic and political freedom.
Today, we see rabble-rousers in America as well.
  • The Class Envy orators of the Bernie Sanders and John Edwards stripes, who tell the poor that they can be wealthy if only they steal from those who are wealthy already.
  • The Race-Hustlers of the NAACP and BLM crowd, who turn the victims of crime against the police who try to protect them.
  • The Free Stuff crowd of the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton brand, who give away checks and SNAP cards, cellphones and college tuition, funded by a government’s printing press, uncaring that future generations will work their entire lives to pay for today’s largesse.
  • The Tax-and-Spenders of the Illinois variety – Speaker Mike Madigan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle – who raise taxes to pay for outrageous spending, taxes that drive taxpayers out of the state at an unprecedented rate, causing a spiral requiring ever-higher taxes, in a fruitless attempt to get ahead of the problem as the people flee.
They don’t look like the rabble-rousers we envision, of course. But that’s because the mob and its spokesmen have never dressed the same.  Robespierre, Danton, Babeuf and Barere all wore suits, dressing every bit as well as the honorable leaders they supplanted at the head of state.  The Paris Mob may have been a shabby bunch of thieves and thugs, but their representatives, haranguing away at the podium of the Assembly, sending innocents off to the guillotines by the thousands, were dashing and professional.  Nobody would ever look at a Robespierre or Barere and think “thug”… but then, looks have always been deceiving.
Today, we see Madigan, Preckwinkle and Madigan – or their national colleagues, Sharpton, Schumer and Pelosi - wearing their business suits, speaking at podiums and facing questions on television, and we don’t think of a bloody revolution.
But what are the policies they advocate? And who backs them in their efforts?
It’s the George Soros funded groups – Organizing for America, MoveOn.org, Black Lives Matter, and the Occupy crowd. They march in the streets and make demands, while their representatives  on the political scene enact their policies. 
Who are the leaders, and who are the followers? Hard to say.  Does Occupy drive Pelosi’s policies, or does Pelosi drive Occupy’s choice of chants?  Worth noting, though, that George Soros funds them both.
The Policies of 2016
In the 2016 political campaigns, we saw an amazing array of political positions, many of which were printed in plain sight on candidate websites, but never even covered by the media.
The Clinton/Kaine campaign promised massive tax increases… it promised to reduce prison sentences and even turn the wheels of government against the criminal justice system, limiting the way that police can help a community terrorized by robbers, rapists and killers. The Clinton/Kaine campaign promised to legalize the entry of criminal illegal aliens, to reward sanctuary cities for flouting federal immigration law, to partner with gang leaders in our inner cities instead of incarcerating them. 
This is the modern Democratic Party – a voice for mob rule, for turning the prisons inside-out and flooding the nation with known criminals. What does that do, in the end?  It drives employment out of our cities, making the residents ever more dependent on welfare, on government housing, government healthcare, government checks.  Because that’s how they like their subjects: dependent and afraid.
This country is on a precipice. The President supports the necessary reforms to our criminal justice system, our business system, our schools and agencies, to bring back the days of free market economics to America.  The President’s policies are the policies of Reagan, of Coolidge, of McKinley, of Washington and Hamilton.  With those policies, we could again have safe streets, career opportunities, a chance for prosperity for everyone, even those at the most dependent level in our inner cities.
But the Mob rules in our cities, and - thanks to vote fraud, gerrymandering, and their allies in the mass media – bears a disproportionate influence in our state and national legislatures.
The Mob is opposed to the gradual positive change afforded by free market economics. The Mob parades on bridges and at city parks, at Daley Plaza and Lafayette Square, cheering the demagogues of the modern American Left, calling for food stamps and the emptying of prisons, even dancing perilously close to calls for assassination.  The French Revolution lives on in the wicked hearts of Organizing for Action and its allies in nonprofits and capitol hill cocktail parties alike.
Look at Chicago, Cook County, and the state of Illinois. Bankrupted by welfare obligations, they advocate policies that will drive more people into poverty, increasing the need for such help. Terrorized by muggers, shooters, drug dealers, and rapists, they insist on a revolving door in our jails so that the criminals return to commit ever more crimes, again and again. 
And these leaders of our troubled cities insist on welcoming in even more competitors for scarce jobs, more dependents and more criminals, by declaring Sanctuary City status, inviting so-called refugees and foreign gang members from all over the world for the easy pickings of Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and dozens of other cities across the land.
Celebrate Bastille Day, on July 14, you say?
There’s no need. In the cities of modern America, every day is Bastille Day.
Copyright 2017 John F. Di Leo 
John F. Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based writer, actor, and international trade lecturer. Being Irish, Italian, Austrian, and Scots-Irish, he has no French blood at all, to the best of his knowledge.  
Permission is hereby granted to forward freely, provided it is uncut and the IR URL and byline are included.

Peak Bull:

Fake Economy, and Fake News

The American economy has been mangled by decades of assault on capitalist prosperity.
Growth is now dying because the Federal Reserve’s hit on corporate America that has strip-mined its balance sheets to feed the halls of Wall Street. Trillions of dollars have been thrown into financial engineering (stock buybacks, M&A deals and leveraged recaps) while neglecting real investment and productivity in Flyover America.
Financialization of the US economy since Greenspan
The single most important thing that speculators and bulls on Wall Street should be looking at now is where we came from. If Wall Street understood this, they

McCain sabotages health care reform bill

of questionable intentions and age

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/15/mccain-out-surgery-obamacare-repeal-240595

Could have had the surgery in DC. Will do anything to trip Trump. 

What would you expected from a has-been liberal on MSNBC

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/342195-phil-donahue-trump-era-darkest-political-moment-in-history

I think the Obama presidency was the darkest political moment in US history. 

This should not have happened

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/268187758-story

Saturday, July 15, 2017

How does this make you feel?

Led Zeppelin When The Levee Breaks by Zepparella

Seafood is good for you!

Studies have shown that tritium is actually good for your guts.

Cute

3 to 2 odds that Ald. Proco Joe will be indicted within the next 5 years

Old Federal saying, "if it looks bad, it probably is". 

There is so much waste they could cut 20% across the board and it wouldn't be felt!

Cook County lays off more than 300 employees due to soda tax delay

Toni the Taxer
CHICAGO (AP) - Layoff notices have been sent to 300 Cook County employees in the wake of the stalled implementation of a proposed sweetened drink tax.
The tax on sweetened beverages was supposed to go into effect July 1. A temporary restraining order was issued June 30 after the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and several grocers filed a lawsuit to block the tax. They say it is unconstitutional and too vague.
Cook County had projected collecting about $67.5 million in revenue from the tax this

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Times Change Out From Under Us

Paul Craig Roberts
He had lugged the 50 lb. bag of Milorganite into the garden in order to discover, as on many prior occasions, that he had nothing with which to open it. He blamed this on the war on terror and the TSA. As a youth he, as did every boy, had a pocket knife. Always. It was expected. There was no school rule against pocket knives. Once for a period they even all had switchblades. You could get them for 99 cents, a large amount in those days, enough to buy a case of 24 Coca-Colas. The switchblades met with school and parental disapproval as they smacked of New York gangs. But before teachers and parents came up with a policy, the boys had abandoned the switchblades. The knives had weak springs. Fascinated with the speed with which the knives opened with a satisfying click and locked the blade into place, the boys quickly wore out the springs on their switchblades. Unlike their trusty pocket knives, the switchblades quickly became useless. 
He no longer carried a pocket knife. He had learned long ago that things that go into pockets become habitual. He would forget to take the knife out when he rushed to catch his flight, just as he always forgot to put the knife in his pocket when he went to work in the

Toni the Taxer

offers nothing but waste and corruption
Just
Give 
Her 
the 
Money

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Toni the Taxer, threatens layoffs in attempt to scare taxpayers

Refuses to cut spending, decides instead to enact racist taxes

Vest save

Chicago cop shot in chest: If it weren't for my vest, 'I wouldn't be here'

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/267325756-story

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

They can't stop Trump! The Comey Hearing was A Joke

Is the US headed for a showdown with North Korea?



Xi Jinping and Donald Trump on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7.

By Niall Ferguson JULY 10, 2017


“The growth in the power of Athens, and the alarm which this inspired in Sparta made war inevitable.” This is the most famous line of Thucydides’s “History of the Peloponnesian War”. Will a future historian one day write that the growth in the power of China, and the alarm which this inspired in America, made war equally inevitable?

Since the election of Donald Trump, the probability of a Sino-American conflict has soared. Last year Trump ran an aggressively anti-Chinese election campaign, repeatedly threatening to impose tariffs on Chinese imports. Trade is only one of several bones of contention. The United States remains committed to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. China’s island-building program is designed to make that sea Chinese in fact as well as name. Trump is less committed than any US president since Richard Nixon to the “One China” policy.


But the biggest flashpoint is without question North Korea — which brings me back to Thucydides and Graham Allison’s “Destined for War,” this summer’s must-read book in both Washington and Beijing.

Small powers can cause big trouble. The initial clash in the Peloponnesian War was in fact between Athens and Corinth; war came when the Corinthians appealed to the Spartans for help. Think of the role Serbia played in the First World War, or Cuba in the Cold War. Today’s catalyst for conflict is North Korea, which last week successfully launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile — a weapon with the capacity to hit Alaska. Experts such as my Stanford colleague Sig Hecker believe the North Koreans are just five or so years away from being able to build a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on the nose of such a missile.

Trump says he won’t tolerate that. On June 30 he tweeted: “The era of strategic patience with the North Korea regime has failed. That patience is over.” But what exactly to do? In essence, he has four options, three of which have already failed.

Option one is yet more jaw-jaw of the sort favored by South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in. But we have seen this movie before under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Whether in bilateral talks or in six-power talks, the North Koreans can be relied upon not to be relied upon.

Option two is what President Obama tried: sanctions and yet more sanctions, backed up with UN Security Council resolutions. Obama didn’t just fail to halt the North’s nuclear program; he speeded it up.

Option three is the one President Trump has been trying since his summit with President Xi at Mar-a-Lago: press China to deal with the problem. If you follow Trump on Twitter, you will know how that has been going.

Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017

Option four is military action. The conventional wisdom rules this out because any US strike against North Korea would trigger the destruction of the South Korean capital Seoul. As Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a television interview in May: “A conflict in North Korea would be probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetimes.”

Yet that did not mean (as many commentators inferred) that Mattis would resign rather than fight such a war. On the contrary: national security adviser H.R. McMaster — like Mattis, a highly experienced general — has made it clear that the military option is on the table.

Does that mean the Trump administration is willing to incinerate Seoul to stop Kim Jong Un from menacing Alaska? Again, no. With an appropriate naval build-up, the United States almost certainly has the capacity to destroy such a large portion of North Korea’s arsenal so swiftly that damage to Seoul would be limited.

Would military action be risky? That’s a stupid question. Military action is always risky, and Mattis is right to warn that a new Korean War would be highly destructive. The right question is whether or not the risk of inaction would ultimately be greater. Three presidents in succession decided that it would not be — and here we are. Is Trump capable of breaking the sequence? I’d say so.

The biggest risk of a showdown with Pyongyang is not the proximate one (damage to Seoul). It is (as in 1950) the second-phase risk of Chinese intervention on the other side. And that is what makes Graham Allison’s book so important. “China and the United States are currently on a collision course for war,” he writes. Yet in four out of Allison’s 16 historical case studies, the rising power and the incumbent power did not end up going to war — the most relevant being the Cold War.

If Allison is right to compare today’s North Korean missile crisis with the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, then surely Trump has no option but to threaten to use force and bank on the other side’s blinking (with a little help from back-channel diplomacy).

Donald J. Trump as John F. Kennedy? Such a parallel is beyond the ken of the legion of Trump haters. But those same people missed completely the Kennedy-like tone of Trump’s fine speech in defense of western civilization in Warsaw on Thursday. The lesson of history is that not every great power falls into the Thucydides trap — but most journalists just keep falling into the trap of underestimating Donald Trump.

Seems to me the trustee is simply doing her job, asking the tough questions.

Palos Hills residents call for elected official to resign after Muslim comments

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/267078116-story

Too bad we don't have other office holders asking more questions. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Trump - Putin

Trump Cannot Improve Relations With Russia When Trump’s Government and the US Media Oppose Improved Relations

Trump Cannot Improve Relations With Russia When Trump’s Government and the US Media Oppose Improved Relations
Paul Craig Roberts
President Trump Has Been Contradicted by His Own Government, Which Has Lined Up Against Him in Favor of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and the Russophobic Presstitute Media that serves the military/security complex and the neoconservatives.
I am afraid that The Saker and Finian Cunningham are correct. Nothing can come of Trump’s meeting with Putin, because, as Cunningham puts it, “Trump doesn’t have freedom or real power. The real power brokers in the US will ensure that the Russophobia

Is somebody trying to get McCarthy?

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/rumored-for-many-post-cpd-jobs-mccarthy-still-searching-for-right-fit/

I fail to see anything improper about this fine man.