Seoul, South Korea - North Korea has long cultivated an image of defiant belligerence, punctuating its propaganda and diplomacy with colorful threats, insults and bluffs. But Kim Jong-un’s personal statement released on Friday, and his foreign minister’s threat to test a nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean, represent a new level of brinkmanship by the government. (Snip) The North Korean news media carried photographs of Mr. Kim sitting in his office and reading his statement, but his voice was not broadcast. On the country’s state-run Central TV, a female announcer read his statement.
Comments: For those of you skeptics that believe that the New York Times is only "fake news," first, grow up. Second, in this article, it reveals important facts about Kim Jong-un´s "televised" statement to President Trump. First, the statement was delivered by a woman news reader over various pictures of him. President Trump had specifically warned North Korea that if Un spoke these words directly, that was a tripwire for confrontation. Then, the hydrogen bomb in Pacific threat was a "prepared statement", not in Un´s speech. Why? Un´s a scared rabbit hiding down one of his manholes.
Plain and simple. Kim is badly in need of money. This behavior practiced by Kim and his father always worked in the past. U.S. presidents always rewarded this behavior with large amounts of U.S. cash to make them stop and back off their threats. We now have a leader who is not afraid and will not yield to extortion.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is set to sit down with President Donald Trump Monday in a White House meeting that could help patch their relationship, which fractured in a big way over the summer, when the two leaders took shots at each other over health care reform and the effectiveness of Congress. Back in August, Trump said he was “very disappointed in Mitch,” after McConnell said Trump had “excessive expectations” about the legislative process. The meeting comes as conservative groups demand McConnell step down from his leadership role. “We call on all five members of the GOP Senate leadership to
Washington - Brick by brick, the demolition job has begun: since taking office less than a year ago, Donald Trump has launched an all-out assault on the legacy of Barack Obama. Climate, free trade, health care, immigration, foreign policy -- the 45th US president has set about undoing just about everything done by the 44th. All new presidents, of course, break with their predecessor once in the Oval Office, especially if they come from a rival political party. But what is striking is how systematic the hammer blows to Obama´s legacy have been. And rather than throw his weight behind new policies or projects,
Los Angeles - A California legislative leader announced Sunday he will challenge U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, setting up a 2018 contest between two Democrats that will highlight generational, geographic and ideological contrasts in the party that dominates state politics. The 84-year-old Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor and grande dame of California Democrats, will face state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, 50, a Los Angeles Hispanic who is largely unknown statewide. In a brief video announcement posted online, De Leon promised to work for job growth and economic security in Washington,
Democrats on Sunday downplayed talk of forcing a government shutdown after President Trump launched a twin assault on Obamacare, saying they will continue their uphill push to negotiate fixes to the law after the administration halted critical “cost-sharing payments” to insurers and ordered agencies to explore the sale of cheaper plans across state lines. (Snip) Mr. Trump’s decision to halt the cost-sharing payments, in particular, is sending shock waves through the insurance markets and has reignited legal fights over health care. A slate of Democratic attorneys general immediately filed a lawsuit to try to preserve the money,
“Where’s the president?” asks the editorial board of the San Fransisco Chronicle, as California burns. Well, it knows where President Trump literally is: the White House usually, if not one of his resorts. The newspaper board means where is he on Twitter — or as the board says, “How many times has Trump tweeted about the fires since they were whipped by winds into life-threatening force early Monday: zero.” Zero, true, as of early Sunday evening. As the Chronicle notes, Trump did speak once, offline, about the fires. A few days ago, he promised to “stand with” Californians and said he’s in touch with the governor —
(Video) - A fisherman whose prank almost killed him after the Dover sole he had just caught jumped down his throat when he posed with it over his mouth, has said he feels lucky "beyond winning the lottery" after paramedics managed to save him. The 14cm (5.5in) fish completely blocked Sam Quilliam´s airway, stopping him from breathing and causing him to go into cardiac arrest after he attempted to "kiss the fish", an angler´s tradition of saying thank you to their catch before returning it to the water. Yet as the 28-year-old explained, as he posed with the fish "it shot out of my hand, into my mouth and basically swam straight
Seoul - As the United States and South Korea prepared for next week’s joint naval exercise, North Korean officials on Friday renewed their threat to launch ballistic missiles near Guam, an American territory in the western Pacific. The drill, which involves the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, is scheduled to begin on Monday in waters east and west of South Korea. (Snip) Although both South Korea and the United States insist next week’s drill is defensive in nature, North Korea considers such war games rehearsals for invasion. It remains unclear whether North Korea will lash out with a weapons test during the exercise, as it often has in
Washington - Stuffed by their captors into the back of a car with their children as they were being ferried across the rugged tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, an American woman and her Canadian husband were in the final moments of their five-year ordeal as hostages. But suddenly, shooting erupted. One of their abductors, a Taliban-linked militant, shouted, “Kill the hostages.” The militants found themselves cornered by Pakistani troops. The gun battle ended, and soldiers pulled the family from the vehicle, to be taken by helicopter to Islamabad. They were safe. The Pakistanis, acting on information provided by American
A National Football League (NFL) player says he would rather lose his job than be forced to stand during the national anthem. “No, I will be done playing football,” Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews tweeted Thursday when asked about the issue, according to ESPN. ESPN reported that WSMV producer Matt Parker asked Matthews whether he would stay in the locker room for the song if the NFL created a rule mandating they stand or face punishment. Matthews tweeted out a response before quickly deleting it and hitting the field for the Titans’ Thursday afternoon practice. The player – who is the team’s leading receiver –
Suspected Russian actors reportedly used Pokémon Go to meddle in the U.S. elections and inflame racial tensions within the U.S., according to CNN. CNN reported that in July 2016, a Tumblr page linked to a Russian campaign group called "Internet Research Agency" encouraged people in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement to play the game near famous sites of police brutality. Players of the game were told to name their characters after victims of police brutality in efforts to grow racial tensions within the U.S., according to CNN. In addition, the Tumblr post promoted a contest that promised winners Amazon
Washington - President Donald Trump returned triumphant on Friday to a key gathering of social conservatives, boasting that he´s stocked the courts to their liking, cut funding for abortions and made it safe again to invoke God in the public space. "We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values," he said, adding, "Guess what, we´re saying Merry Christmas again." Trump last spoke to the Values Voter Summit 13 months ago -- two months before Election Day, at a time when he was still viewed as a long shot. Many prayed for his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. He was the first president to address the
US President Donald Trump‘s ability to strike first with his country’s nuclear arsenal could be curtailed under a new proposal by his rival Democratic Party. Senator Nancy Pelosi said her party’s politicians were looking at an option which would require the US leader to get approval from a special Committee before any launch took place. “The law under which the president can use nuclear weapons is ancient, from 1946,” she told a press conference. “It was passed in a different world.” The President has ultimate authority to deploy the weapons under the current “first-use” policy. Ms Pelosi said one option for reform would be
The National Football League announced on Friday that it wants to use its platform to raise awareness for social justice issues and that it does not plan to mandate that players stand for the U.S. national anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell and the head of the NFL Players Association are expected to meet with team owners this next week in New York, where they will discuss possible solutions on how to end the national anthem protests, Reuters reported. “(Goodell) has a plan that he is going to present to owners about how to use our platform to both raise awareness and
Ohio Gov. John Kasich refused to rule out a run for president in 2020 as a Republican primary challenger to President Trump. When asked by Chuck Todd — host of NBC´s "Meet The Press" — if he was going to run in 2020 against Trump, Kasich demurred. "I don´t know what I´m going to do tomorrow," he said. "I will tell you this — the other day, my wife said to me one morning, ´You know, John, I wish you were the president.´ That´s how I knew the country was in trouble." Kasich said earlier in the interview he´s concerned
Porn King Larry Flynt and Hustler Magazine is offering $10 million for information leading to the impeachment of Donald J. Trump as president. Flynt will advertise the offer this weekend in the Washington Post. (Photo) In October 2016 Larry Flynt offered $1 million for recordings of Donald Trump breaking the law or acting in sexually demeaning manner. This week he upped his offer to $10 million for information that will impeach Trump. (Photo/Tweet) Class act. (Photo/Tweet)
What the president is doing, it´s violent. His actions are violent. He does violence to what we want to do in health care. He does violence to the national debt by what he is adding to it. He does violence to the world, in terms of nuclear proliferation and the environment and our standing in the world, with his frivolity. What we want him to do is to calm down, get used to the job he has, know that his words weigh a ton, and that he really should know what he´s talking about when he says something.
Jimmy Kimmel says he’s laid off the Harvey Weinstein jokes because he’s not the “moral conscience of America” (there’s also a video of him asking young women to guess what’s in his crotch. And suggesting they feel it and put their mouths on it).Famously, NBC is playing shy about the scandal, having refused to broadcast the detailed exposé by Ronan Farrow, who took it to the New Yorker which did publish it. The story has laid bare the hypocrisy of the media giants, Democratic biggies, and the Hollywood virtue signalers.
A worker at a Texas fast-food restaurant was fired after she refused to serve two police officers, the company said Saturday. In a lengthy post on the Denison Police Department´s Facebook page, Chief Jay Burch alleged the officers were cursed at by the employee and that the restaurant manager’s only response was “I don’t get into politics.” “If a business does not want police officers as customers, just let us know,” Burch wrote. “There’s no need to curse us and make a scene, just let us know you don’t want us there and we’ll go somewhere else.” He added, "Now going
A successful Dallas businessman pledging to spend in the seven figures out of his own bank account to run for governor in 2018 should be a great get for Texas Democrats. Yet the party doesn´t seem to be getting behind Jeffrey Payne, whose business happens to be a gay bar. Payne, owner of gay leather bar The Dallas Eagle and winner of both the international and Texas Mr. Leather competitions in 2009, officially launched his campaign this week saying, "There´s no reason to think that someone who is gay can´t do a job, and here it´s being governor and representing
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton discussed the culture of sexual assault following a myriad of new sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood film producer and longtime Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein. In an interview with the U.K.´s Channel 4 News on Saturday, Clinton said: "Look, we just elected someone who admitted sexual assault to the presidency. So there´s a lot of other issues that are swirling around these kinds of behaviors that need to be addressed," Clinton said when asked if she had heard rumors of Weinstein´s behavior before the bombshell reports. "I think it´s important that we stay focused, and shine
The NFL said Friday it has no plans to force players to stand during the national anthem, but will convene to discuss ways to end the controversial protests without imposing new rules... NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said that Goodell "has a plan that he is going to present to owners about how to use our platform to both raise awareness and make progress on issues of social justice and equality in this country,"
Vice President Pence portrayed his walk out of Sunday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers as an of act patriotism. Pence’s remarks followed President Trump’s lead in trying to make the NFL players’ national anthem protests of racial inequality in America about patriotism instead of race. Or as the president tweeted last month: (Snip) Within the social science literature on intergroup relations, Jim Sidanius and Felicia Pratto’s influential theory of social dominance argues that politically dominant groups — like whites in the United States — effectively claim “ownership of the nation.” According to this theory, “nationality and
In an interview with BBC on Friday, Hillary Clinton had choice words for President Donald J. Trump, while ignoring the sins of her husband.The former Democratic nominee condemned the alleged actions by Democratic Hollywood mega-donor Harvey Weinstein in an interview with Andrew Marr. “This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated anywhere, whether it´s in entertainment, politics,” Clinton said. “After all, we have someone admitting to being a sexual assaulter in the Oval Office.”
Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the collective bargaining agreement for collusion against NFL team owners, reports Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. Kaepernick has hired high-profile attorney Mark Geragos and is preparing to release a statement about his grievance soon, added Freeman. The free-agent quarterback has remained unemployed since his release by the San Francisco 49ers in March and has garnered little interest from teams around the league. This has caused some to suggest he´s being blackballed for his national anthem protests during the 2016 season. Kaepernick appeared in 12 games for 49ers in 2016, throwing for 2,241 yards with