The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming — again.? ?And they’re getting closer. [Snip] There’s actually much more to these flights than meets the eye. For now, it’s all a serious game, despite Secy. of State Rex Tillerson describing relations with Russia now as at a low point.Russian aircraft and spy ships have cruised along both U.S. coasts, around Japan and Britain. Back in 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned then President Obama, purportedly to wish him a happy Independence Day. At the same time Russian warplanes were flying within 40 miles of California coastal communities in a kind
This game was played in the 1950´s and we lost. We had planes shot down while in international waters and the only reply from the United States, don´t do it again.. It time to force one of the bear bombers to land on US soil and find out how they are armed. If weapons are discovered on board, it´s time to SHOT THEM DOWN if they are inside the 200 mile boundary.. Call their dangerous bluff, stop it today.
One of the more intriguing and lesser-known stories of World War II is the USS Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser that played a crucial role in ending the war against Japan but did not survive to see it. This weekend, 26,319 days after the fatally-wounded ship capsized and quickly sank creating one of the worst single-ship loss of life in U.S. Navy history, an expedition led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen found the wreckage. It was far deeper even than the Titanic, nearly 3.5 miles beneath the surface of the Philippine Sea northeast
To better understand the ominous ongoing North Korean crisis, let’s view it from Kim Jong Un’s point of view. Why does this ruthless, 33-year-old dictator, the son and grandson of communist dictators, persist in defiance, provocations and his ambitious nuclear weapons program in the face of international condemnation, sanctions and threats of an overwhelming response by the United States? [Snip] Flashback to 2003 when Kim was an impressionable teenager watching his father Kim Jong Il continue the isolated country’s nuclear weapons program in defiance of international threats and in violation of numerous agreements to stop. As it happened in those
While President Trump spends the next two weeks away from the White House, scores of workers will undertake the next steps in a long-planned renovation of the West Wing. White House staffers have been relocated while stairs and leaks are repaired, electrical systems upgraded, walls repainted, drapes cleaned and a modernized system of heating and air conditioning is installed. The massive 24/7 repair work area is an ideal metaphor for the troubled Trump administration rolling toward its eighth month. [Snip] However, one serious problem remains unaddressed – the deteriorating relations between the Republican president and the Republican Congress, something that
Americans have been treated to public profanity a number of times in recent years. Most notably this involved then-Vice President Joe Biden caught telling Barack Obama on national TV that his signing of ObamaCare was “a big f****** deal.” As it turned out, of course, ObamaCare became a big f*****-up deal, as have Republican efforts this year to repeal that piece of, uh, paper. [Snip] Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris, among others, have demonstrated their linguistic liberation, mainly with the f-word. But, turns out, they probably should be careful. A new Harris
Here’s an interesting fact: Half of the eight candidates in Detroit’s mayoral primary are convicted felons, mainly for crimes involving drugs, firearms or assault with intent to commit murder. Could make for exciting council meetings. Other than that, Tuesday’s voting in the nation’s 23rd largest city is just another contest among Democrats for municipal control of a decaying big city. Democrats run two-thirds of the United States’ 100 largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles and, of course, Chicago. All are experiencing serious problems and with the
While political Washington indulged its obsession over the latest toxic Trump turmoil, North Korea launched another ICBM test, the second in July and 12th this year, in its relentless quest for a weapon of mass destruction to deliver upon the United States. This is not an idle mid-summer fantasy. [Snip] The communist North Korea could be ready by this time next summer or soon after. That could be wrong too. Washington politicians don’t really seem interested in doing much of anything, let alone discuss existential threats these days, given the joys of arcane procedural votes and their next summer vacation,
Great news for landlords. Contrary to the longstanding alleged American dream, dramatically fewer Americans are owning their own home. Home ownership rates nationally peaked in 2007 at 73%. Today, they’ve plummeted to 63%, a dramatic shift involving many billions of dollars. This has occurred in all regions and income groups across the country. Except among senior citizens. According to
While a White House aide indulges in profane tantrums, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have finally found something they can agree on — sanctioning Russia. And Iran and North Korea. Again. Sanctioning people and countries is big these days. It looks like you’re doing something firm, even though sanctions and sanctions upon sanctions haven’t really accomplished anything. [Snip] dramatic evidence too of the absence of trust in Washington, that a Republican Congress should band with Democrats to ensure a GOP president can’t give something away to Russia. The measure also creates a tempting opportunity for Trump to ignite another political
For an entire generation now, Americans have awarded the country’s volunteer military force with the highest confidence rating of any national institution. Congress, on the other hand, not so much, based on its chronic perceived inability to perform the work widely seen as necessary. Oh, look! More examples this week [Snip] So, what if anything could the institution of Congress, whose job approval is mired at or below 20%, learn from studying the institution of the U.S. military? Not that it would, mind you. But if Congress
President Trump almost made it through an entire week driving a positive administration jobs message – Made in America. Almost. But Friday morning comes. He couldn’t control himself until Monday. So, out comes Trump with a major White House appointment that prompts Sean Spicer, the embattled PR face of an embattled administration, to resign. And that ignites a media firestorm about White House turmoil that incinerates another week’s painstakingly-orchestrated policy message. [Snip] Trump knows he knows more than his communications professionals, which makes their team messages garbled and incomprehensible and their jobs untenable. Not only does he know more, he
The Republican Party in Congress could be on the verge of losing the 2018 midterm elections 16 months before they happen. Since 2010, the GOP has been vowing and planning and stunting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that transformative legislative Frankenstein that Democrats crammed through Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote. [Snip] The GOP crowd now looks like that little circus car disgorging clown after clown after clown, each one honking his horn and offering a personal version of Obamacare repeal. Now comes time to repeal and replace it for real and, well, golly gee, it’s kinda
No one ever accused Americans of being consistent when it comes to views on morality and marriage. So, it probably shouldn’t be surprising that a new Gallup Survey of adults finds that a record proportion of Americans now finds divorce “morally acceptable.” While the nation’s divorce rate actually drops. Since 2001, Gallup has found a 14% jump among Americans who find divorce morally acceptable. Increasing acceptance was especially prominent among older Americans, traditionally the most opposed. It wasn’t always this way. Some
An internal civil war is tearing at the fabric of Fox News. The events of the past week have brought the long-simmering conflict closer to the surface. The legitimacy and viability of President Trump are under constant assault in the mainstream media as never before – and that is saying something. Fox News Channel executives, staff, and on air talent are taking sides. The future direction of the right-of-center, fair and balanced Fox News approach to presenting the news may well be in serious doubt. (snip)James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox’s new CEO, is one of the “Murdoch Boys” – the
Monday´s solar eclipse is already tying up traffic in areas along the path of totality, or the vein of regions along the US where people can view the full eclipse. Oregonians so far are seeing the brunt of the traffic as revelers have started pouring into central Oregon, clogging roadways and draining gas supplies in rural towns, all in hopes of catching the full splendor of this once in a lifetime celestial event. The nightmare scenario for locals in the state started emerging Wednesday when traffic backed up for 12 miles on US Highway 26 as people began to set
Durham — The new president of Duke University has ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee after it was vandalized earlier this week. “I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university,” President Vincent Price said in a statement released Saturday morning. “The removal also presents an opportunity for us to learn and heal,” Price said, adding that the statue will be preserved so students “can study Duke’s complex past
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement today declaring her support for the Congress to pass a resolution censuring President Donald Trump for “the repulsiveness” of his “words and actions.” “Every day, the president gives us further evidence of why such a censure is necessary,” said Pelosi. The censure resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives today by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D.-N.Y.), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D.-N.J.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D.-Wash.). The resolution immediately gathered 77 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats. “The President’s remarks following the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend are a moral outrage,”
I just did something fascinating. I just watched the President’s entire 14-minute impromptu news conference at Trump Tower on Monday that sparked all the latest barrage of anti-Trump screeds from the left media that will criticize him every day, no matter what he does, augmented by the “Never Trump” Republicans and neo-conservatives who will not rest until they can re-conquer the political party they lost because of three terms of two failed Bush presidencies, followed by the two failed Presidential candidacies of Sen. John McCain and of Gov. Mitt Romney. Not the reportage about the conference, but the entire 14 minutes
Yvette Felarca, the Berkeley area school teacher and militant left-wing protester responsible for organizing the riot at the University of California, Berkeley in February 2017, claims that violence against the far-right is “not a crime.” Felarca, who belongs to “By Any Means Necessary,” a far-left group, is currently facing assault charges after she was caught on video assaulting a white supremacist during a July 2016 rally in Sacramento, Cali. (Video) The school teacher and her compatriots engaged in violent clashes against members of the far-right Traditional Worker’s Party, which had a permit to march in the city. The violence between
Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say. What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national-security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects. Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk.
The chairman and president of the Kennedy Center said they were “grateful for this gesture” after it was announced President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump would not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December. “The Kennedy Center respects the decision made today by the office of the president of the United States,” chairman David M. Rubenstein and president Deborah F. Rutter said in a joint statement. “In choosing not to participate in this year’s Honors activities, the administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the
As the “Russian Collusion” excuse for Hillary’s loss fails for want of evidence (and common sense) as did her “misogyny” claim before it, Hillary’s pal, Governor Terry McAuliffe, obviously thought he had another keen plan to keep his party from utter ruin. Instead, he is more likely to have stirred up a whirlwind, which will sink his party even further in the voters’ eyes. Led by Charlottesville Deputy Mayor Wes Bellamy (a McAuliffe appointee to the local school board now on leave for racist, sexist, homophobic tweets, the city council narrowly approved removing a statue of Robert E. Lee from
NEW YORK -- A former New York City police officer, whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the NFL. Kaepernick, the former starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color. He opted out of his contract in March and became a free agent, but so
Ever since Six Flags opened in 1961, the six flags that have flown over Texas have been a staple of the park.No more. As of Friday morning, the five flags other than the United States flag — representing Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the Confederacy — are being left to the history books.The park received criticism following last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., from TMZ, Fox News and others for flying the Confederate states flag. As a result, Six Flags Over Texas decided to take down all but the U.S. flag. Staff has split headline, added more text and spelled byline correctly.
Thousands of anti-fascist protesters are marching through the streets of Boston in protest of right-wing activists hosting a ´free speech´ rally on Saturday. Only a handful of attendees could be spotted against the swarm of the estimated 15,000 counter-protesters who chanted loudly as they made their way towards Boston Common. Organizers of the rally had attempted to distance themselves from the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others who fomented violence in Charlottesville last week. The city mayor had pleaded for counter-protesters to stay away, saying their presence would draw more attention to the far-right activists and could result in violence.