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    • Trumpenreich

       /  April 14, 2017

      Karma is a bitch.

      “He was also found to have engaged in sex with a male patient- Brian Case, who he knew from the church they both attended – and then supplied him with drugs, including Oxycontin, in exchange for sexual favors.

      The sexual liaisons, which happened in motel rooms, were recorded by undercover agents. He paid $200 in cash each time he met Case.

      Case said he believed that Dr. Dao wanted to hook him on drugs so he would keep meeting him for gay sex.”

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4403138/United-doctor-poker-champ.html

      Note there has been a lame ass attempt to “debunk” this back story – fell flat on its face though.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 14, 2017

        Well, it takes two, and the patient seems to have been a willing partner-and a prostitute, if he took money and drugs in exchange.

        Unedifying, yes, but totally irrelevant to the brutality of the assault by the airline.

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  2. NY Times: 18 Syrian Fighters Allied With U.S. Are Killed in Coalition Airstrike

    n airstrike by the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State killed 18 Syrian fighters allied with the United States, the military said on Thursday.

    The strike, on Tuesday in Tabqah, Syria, was the third time in a month that American-led airstrikes may have killed civilians or allies, and it comes even as the Pentagon is investigating two previous airstrikes that killed or wounded scores of civilians in a mosque complex in Syria and in a building in the west of Mosul, Iraq.

    The Central Command statement said that the target location turned out to be a “fighting position” for the Syrian Democratic Forces, who have been fighting the Islamic State alongside the United States.

    Mistakes are common in wars. The complexity of who is fighting who must make things difficult. False ‘intelligence’ can be an issue, with deliberate attempts to get allied forces to target each other.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 14, 2017

      The fact that it was a ‘mistake’ would be poor consolation to the victims and their families, and poor (to put it mildly) PR for the US. Fight on our side and we’ll accidentally kill you. They may find that people are less willing to be on their side in future.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  April 14, 2017

        Dunno about that, Kitty. Given a choice between a lunatic that wants to kill you and a friend who might accidentally kill you I think most will go for the latter.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 14, 2017

          I’d rather not have friends like that, thank you. I’d be just as dead whether I was killed by a lunatic who wants to kill me or a lunatic who doesn’t mind if he kills me by mistake. I certainly wouldn’t be staying around there as an ally if I was one of the survivors-let Americans come and take that risk.

          These people have stayed alive until now, but have just been killed by a ‘friend’ who didn’t bother to make sure that he wasn’t blowing his friends to bits.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 14, 2017

            I know you wouldn’t want to be bothered by facts, Kitty, but here they are. Maybe you can still find a way to blame Trump:

            The SDF is a Kurdish-dominated force that has proven to be a key partner for the United States in Syria.

            According to a U.S. official with knowledge of the accidental strike, a series of missteps contributed to the misguided strike.

            First, an SDF unit operating close to Islamic State lines incorrectly reported its own location to the U.S.-led coalition, the official said. Typically, friendly forces share their locations with the United States in order to keep them safe from foreign air power.

            Then, a separate SDF unit, which spotted the first unit from afar, mistakenly reported its fellow SDF fighters to be Islamic State, requesting an air strike on their location. Armed with what American officials believed were coordinates for a legitimate target, the drone then conducted the attack, with deadly results.

            The strike occurred at night and the SDF units did not have night-vision gear, the official said.

            In an email, the official said the U.S.-led coalition had a strong track record of supporting SDF operations with air power.

            “The Coalition is in close contact with our [Syrian] partners who have expressed a strong desire to remain focused on the fight against ISIS despite this tragic incident,” the coalition said in a statement.

            https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/04/13/u-s-led-coalition-accidentally-bombs-syrian-allies-killing-18/

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 14, 2017

              They have a very odd way of showing friendship and support. That’s three strikes that have blown the wrong people to pieces-in a month. Not quite one a week, but close.

              Why don’t they (a) do it during the day and (b) give the allies some warning ?

  3. Missy

     /  April 14, 2017

    The US have dropped the largest non-Nuclear bomb ever on an IS cave network in Afghanistan.

    The Telegraph reports:

    “The 21,000 pound device was dropped on an Islamic State tunnel complex.

    It’s official name is the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb but it is widely known in the US military as the “Mother Of All Bombs”.

    It was the first time the bomb, the largest non-nuclear device in the US arsenal, has been used.

    The bomb, also known as the GBU-43B, was dropped out the back of a US Air Force C-130 cargo plane.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/13/us-military-drops-mother-bombs-isis-afghanistan/

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    • Gezza

       /  April 14, 2017

      Damn. 😡 Beat me to it Missy. 😀 Posted separately about this on Media Watch.

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    • Nelly Smickers

       /  April 14, 2017

      MAGA ❗ MASA ❗

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    • Gezza

       /  April 14, 2017

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      • Gezza

         /  April 14, 2017

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        • Nelly Smickers

           /  April 14, 2017

          As Wayne sez, “He orta’ talk….what about the millions in American Aid money that was syphoned off while he was running the joint ❓

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  4. Another u-turn: NATO ‘no longer obsolete’, says Donald Trump

    In a major U-turn, President Donald Trump has said that NATO is “no longer obsolete” and reaffirmed his commitment to the military alliance as tensions rose between the US and Russia over Syria.

    “I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism. I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete,” Trump told reporters at a joint White House news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

    “It’s my hope that NATO will take on an increased role in supporting our Iraqi partners in their battle against the ISIS,” he said about NATO which was formed in 1949.

    Trump had repeatedly questioned the value of the alliance and made overtures to Russia during his presidential campaign.

    Perhaps when he blasted NATO seems a long time ago to Trump, but this further emphasises how what he says and what he has said cannot be trusted.

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    • Trumpenreich

       /  April 14, 2017

      A week is a long time in politics.

      “Another u-turn”

      Its called keeping your eye on the ball. The Dems and Globalists like you have certainly failed miserably at that.

      [You have been warned in the past about making sweeping accusations and labelling. By the way, I believe you have also been warned before about coming in here under different pseudonyms without saying you have changed. PG]

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 14, 2017

      I cannot believe that NATO were so chastened by what he said that they immediately mended their ways. It’s more likely that they will be doing what they have always done. Who does Trump think that he is ???

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  5. lurcher1948

     /  April 14, 2017

    The right wing hicks who voted for the orange president must feel a bit betrayed.When he opens his mouth one wonders what lies are going to come out,what promise is going to be changed, but he is a good snake oil salesman.

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    • Trumpenreich

       /  April 14, 2017

      Unlike Obama who is the epitome of Truth and Light because he’s #WOKE, black or something.

      [Deleted another generalised attack without justification. PG]

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    • Trumpenreich

       /  April 14, 2017

      “The right wing hicks”

      [That term was inappropriate and if I had seen it at the time I’d have deleted it. Don’t use politically abusive terms in response. PG]

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      • Trumpenreich

         /  April 14, 2017

        “That term was inappropriate and if I had seen it at the time”

        But you didn’t, because the only one getting “moderated” ( readily – heavily censored ) here is the pro Trump team.

        “generalised attack” – that is a false accusation against my posts, while it is true for much of the anti Trumpers posts on here which are fill of childish nonsense.

        It seems to me, that you don’t like the well placed hits I am making on your Globalists world view.

        You globalists have lost the narrative,reacting by trying to shut down any dissent and creating a cozy echo chamber will not save you.

        [I’ll leave this comment intact but I’m not going to give you unlimited sweeping attacks to promote your conspiracies and to diss and attack anyone why you disagree with. Call it what you want, you have a history of ignoring requests, of repeated breaches of site requirements and etiquette, of disrupting, and of hissy fitting when you are limited in what you can say. There is no sign of you having learnt anything or caring about the concept of this forum.

        I’ve given you an opportunity to try again here but if you can’t abide by what is asked then I’m going to give up trying to give you an outlet and guidance ion what is acceptable.

        I suspect you have come back here because you are running out of forums that will tolerate you. You’re responsible for any limitations on your comments here due to your failure to listen or to care about this site. PG]

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        • Trumpenreich

           /  April 14, 2017

          [From now on if you make false or unsupported accusations (in this case “you yourself intensely hate Trump and the rising Nationalism he represents”) then I’m not going to bother to edit, the whole comment will fail. You’ve been warned enough and either fail to understand or choose to ignore. So I will choose to ignore your comments that don’t measure up. PG]

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 14, 2017

            I detest Trump and his nationalism which has been likened to that invoked by other leaders in the past, but don’t see this as my belonging to a Globalist movement. I wish that there was one, we all live on the same planet and it would be wonderful if we all learned to live together, minding our own bloody business. But I wonder if this is what Trumpenreich means.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 14, 2017

      Trump got elected because enough Left wing hicks voted for him, Lurch. I think he’s a centrist like you:

      The 2016 exit polls show that 43 percent of those in union households voted for Mr. Trump. In Ohio, he won the union vote by 9 percentage points after President Obama carried the state’s union households by 23 percent in 2012.

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/6/union-support-for-donald-trump-gives-big-labor-cha/

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    • (that tweet is from 2013 but…)

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  7. Zedd

     /  April 14, 2017

    I think Mr T dropping his ‘big bomb’ maybe a bit like the guys who drive the biggest cars.. to make up for their lack of size.. elsewhere ? 😀

    Whats next ? “Nuke ’em boys !”
    I wont hold my breath though… 😦

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  8. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 14, 2017

    Things *ain’t lookin’ good* for poor old Jules 😥

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  9. High Flying Duck

     /  April 14, 2017

    Good summary of how Trump is doing fr om Scott Adams – the whole post is worth a read:

    This has been a good week for President Trump. So far, we have seen:

    1. Sean Spicer (accidentally?) caused the opposition media to argue that Hitler analogies are ridiculous.

    2. The Syrian attack established Trump as a measured and decisive leader. His popularity will rise. Even many of his critics supported the attack.

    3. Trump solved for the “puppet of Putin” allegation by attacking its client state, Syria.

    4. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee succeeded, albeit the hard way.

    5. The healthcare issue is moving forward after the initial trial-balloon that was more of a negotiating step than a real proposal.

    6. Tax reform is now on hold for healthcare reform, but no one thinks that is a bad way to go. The savings on healthcare are part of any budget and tax plan.

    7. Relations with China look good. Trump and Xi had good chemistry.

    8. China is putting the pressure on North Korea like never before.

    9. The economy is good, and optimism is high, in part thanks to Trump. (Mostly the optimism part.)

    10. Iran is probably a bit more flexible this week after watching the Syrian attack.

    11. News coverage had already mostly evolved from “Trump is Hitler” to “Trump is incompetent.” The Syrian attack and the North Korean situation moved Trump to “Effective, but some of us don’t like what he is doing” I wasn’t expecting that to happen before the end of the year.

    You can tell me other presidents have had better starts. But I doubt that is the case. Keep in mind that Trump started in the deepest hole of any president, ever. He’s already halfway out of the hole and establishing himself as a strong leader on international issues.

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159495094661/the-north-korea-reframe

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  10. duperez

     /  April 14, 2017

    We’ve often heard about Trump family members. I’ve got no idea how many there are, and come from.

    When the war starts and US citizens have to be sent to deal to the forces of evil, how many Trumps do you reckon will be at the front?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 14, 2017

      Where is the front when you are firing cruise missiles and attacking with drones?

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  11. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 14, 2017

    To elaborate on HFD’s note above:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/04/13/china-is-suddenly-leaning-on-north-korea-and-it-might-be-thanks-to-trump/

    Looks like another strong move by Trumpy bearing fruit quickly.

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  12. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 14, 2017
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