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Saturday, April 8. 2017
“Sex Traffickers at Ikea?” Free-Range Kids Cited by Snopes!
The only good thing Ikea sells is Loganberry Jam. Excellent stuff. Have not heard of child sex slaves for sale there yet, but with Sweden going the way it is going, who knows what the future holds for Ikea?
Feminist Author: Women Need to Stop Playing the Victim
MELANIA TRUMP WORE THE MOST STUNNING RED DRESS
Autism Moms Have Stress Similar To Combat Soldiers
U.K. Bans Body-Positive Video Game Ad for Sexually Objectifying Women
I am constantly amazed by the amount of censorship in Europe. Their governments have never permitted free speech.
Bee Experts Challenge Environmental Claim That Wild Bees Are Near Extinction
California doubles down on stupid – Court upholds cap and trade program, new fuel tax coming
Ezekiel Emanuel Attacks Medical Conscience
Innovator finds value in relationship-based primary care model
Will Mexico Get Half of Its Territory Back?
Good grief. Maybe Spain should get it back. Or maybe Mexico ought to give itself back to the Aztecs they stole it from.
Why Climate Change Models Are So Horrendous
For U.S. 'Dangerous' Climate Change Is Like Moving 180 Miles South - New study finds Americans would prefer warmer weather on balance
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Islam’s Most Eloquent Apostate - The West’s obsession with ‘terror’ has been a mistake, she argues. Dawa, the ideology behind it, is a broader threat.
Hours Before U.S. Missiles Struck Syria Airbase, Hillary Advised Same Tactic
DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESS TRIES TO UNDERMINE TRUMP ON SYRIA
Scott Adams on The Syrian Air Base Attack
I wanted Trump to be pres of the United States, not Pres of the world:
Don’t Get Fooled, Trump Is Winning - While the focus is on a few high-profile losses and messes, the president is quietly, steadily racking up big wins.
Trump Is Delivering for His Voters And Washington doesn't seem to care
One more example under the MSM radar: An administrative law expert
Police in Norway to carry weapons after Stockholm attack
Terrorist Arrested In Sweden Attack Is Connected To ISIS
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"I wanted Trump to be pres of the United States, not Pres of the world..."
Dare I suggest to my American friends that you folks sometimes sound to the rest of us like you want to have your cake and eat it too.
That is, you seem want to retain all the positive aspects of being a global political and economic leader without any of the negative ones.
You're the United States of America; you can't be a sort of Super-Switzerland, big and prosperous but tucked away comfortably behind your fortress walls.
It just doesn't work that way.
Regarding the Syria raid, it's far more like Reagan's 1986 El Dorado Canyon raid--a surgical strike, than starting another war in the Middle East.
When "good" people stand by and watch crimes against humanity (leaders gassing their own people) and say: "It's not my problem," they cease to be "good" people.
No, we can't interject ourselves everywhere and every time to right all wrongs, but we can say there are lines that cannot be crossed (nerve gas use) and take out a military target and tell the world, there are civil, universal standards that must be met.
This is, by no means, Trump starting a war, he's simply, and rightly, informing the world that this President has firm standards and a line was crossed that cannot be crossed. He's making America great again.
Yes. Colby Cosh seems to have hit the mark in today's National Post (Canadian newspaper):
"The cruise missile attack is simple playground justice - maybe ineffectual, maybe cruel, but definitely comprehensible. Rogue state uses airfield to violate sacred international rule: wreck the airfield. And maybe move on."
Sex Traffricking at IKEAz; She checked Snopes? I gave up on them a couple years back.
re Scott Adams on The Syrian Air Base Attack
A good summation of the benefits of the attack on Syria. Worth the read.
The bottom line is it was all done to make Trump look good, and I readily agree there are advantages to that.
However, the attack doesn't change the general situation in Syria at all.
It all stands to reason. Politicians do very poorly at solving problems but are pretty good at doing things that make them look good and inflates their egos.
If Trump was really serious about stopping the gassing civilians he should fix the problem, not treat a symptom.
The Russians are outraged.
What happens if Assad gasses his people again?
Will Trump hit them again as promised?
If so what will the Russians do? Nothing?
"Some damn fool thing in the Balkans . . ."
Let's hope events don't spiral out of control.
"If Trump was really serious about stopping the gassing civilians he should fix the problem, not treat a symptom."
So what do you want him to do then? Something or nothing?
You would seem to be all over the map here.
You gotta read the art of the deal. It's easy for everyone who dislikes Trump to paint this as stupid or ineffective or in any negative way they want to. It's fairly easy to paint it as a good thing that should have been done years ago. But it is not really either of those so much as it is a message and while you or others didn't get the message those who it was addressed to did.
Re: Suddenly, THE NEW YORK TIMES WORRIES ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA
The Z Bots are all going to have to be reprogrammed at the factory again. Can't wait to hear the new program upgrades.
Perhaps that reprogramming might at least include refraining from the patronizing use of the first person plural.
I seem to recall reading that administrative law was unconstitutional because bureaucrats are not allowed to legislate by the constitution.
Scott Adams: "I didn’t realize that our military knows what every aircraft in Syria is doing at all times. That’s impressive, bordering on hard-to-believe."
Actually it's a no-brainer.
Fast-air signatures from the limited numbers of tired old fighters Syria still operates are pretty easy to track if you're a country with the collection resources of the US.
Add some over-the-border intelligence coordination from the Israelis (who, let's admit it, have a vested interest in watching all Syrian air operations) and there you have it.
Don't be too dismissive of Ikea. We have our 7,000 or so books stacked in Ikea Billy shelves with glass and/or plain doors, and our visitors are always profoundly disconcerted to learn these serried ranks of trim, tidy shelves are assemble-it-yourself from Ikea. Doesn't fit The Narrative.
Melania Trump Wore The Most Stunning Red Dress A Fashion Critic Has Ever Laid Eyes On
in other words critic has never seen any other red dress
Agree on the limited experience of that idiot fashion critic. The dress wasn't all that stunning, even a bit plain, at least until Melania put it on. SHE is stunning because the dress was understated and did not compete with her opposite number's elegant blue Chinese outfit.
Except of course, WHO CAN POSSIBLY STOP LOOKING AT THAT STATUESQUE BABE IN THE RED DRESS?
What amazed me was that the queen of Jordan managed to look good next to Melania Trump. That takes some doing. Two real stunners. The Chinese leader's wife looked great, too.
That's exactly correct. Melania would look great in a burlap sack.
My grandmother always said, "You wear the dress; don't let the dress wear you." Our new First Lady Trump has that down pat.
"Ezekiel Emanuel Attacks Medical Conscience"
The entire Emanuel family smacks of arrogance in their chosen fields and, while I don't know that much about the repercussions of Ari's decisions, his two brothers and the parents who raised them seem to delight in telling everyone else what to do without a thought to the fallout. Sadly, they seem to have every opportunity to influence others.
BTW, health CARE has little to do with health INSURANCE. I have relatives who lived well into their late 90s and early 100s at a time when very little health CARE was available outside of good sense about diet and exercise and not taking undue risks.
"Three centuries before the ancestors of Mr. Trump landed on United States soil, there were Mexicans in that northern territory known as New Spain and Mexico."
Three centuries before the ancestors of Mr. Trump landed on United States soil there was no such thing as a Mexican. There were indigenous bands of Native Americans in that area just as there were indigenous bands of Native Americans throughout the rest of North, Central and South America.