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  1. Missy

     /  June 23, 2017

    Royal Update:

    The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital this morning and is now recuperating at home. He did not accompany Her Majesty to Ascot today, and she again went alone – joined by her Granddaughters in the Royal Enclosure.

    I wish the Duke a full recovery, but know at his age it will be difficult.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 23, 2017

    Trump’s strategy of joining with the Russians to wipe out ISIS strongholds in Syria and Iraq is also destroying their recruitment bases in social media:

    http://tinyurl.com/yc8bnl5f

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 23, 2017

    This is a pretty damning indictment of the Mueller investigation and apparent political chicanery:
    https://amgreatness.com/2017/06/21/muellers-empire-legions-lawyers-bottomless-budget-limitless-jurisdiction/

    • Gezza

       /  June 23, 2017

      • Gezza

         /  June 24, 2017

        Oops. Wrong URL above. That’s just a site for resizing images & only stores them for a short time. Shoulda bin this wun.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 23, 2017

    Introducing women into the army has resulted in sexual affairs. Who would have thought?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/94010094/us-army-general-demoted-as-sex-scandals-continue

    • Conspiratoor

       /  June 23, 2017

      Ike had a bit on the side sir al, so did Patton. Benito could allegedly service 4 women a night. When there are wars to be fought and the shooting starts the armchair rooters get sidelined and leaders of men take over. They do however tend to be somewhat flawed in the moral stakes …so nothing to see here

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 23, 2017

        Human nature wasn’t designed for moral strait-jackets, C. Especially when things get raw and rugged or opportunity tempts. I agree, the army is pushing the proverbial up-hill trying to enforce this one. Pretty obviously so are the teacher registration boards.

        • Gezza

           /  June 23, 2017

          TRB’s need to keep a close eye on this sort of thing imo, Alan.
          Teachers really should accept they have to lock the bits up to do that job.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  June 23, 2017

            Can’t see it ever happening, G. Too many hormones and neuroses.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 23, 2017

    And the FBI just can’t figure out why Scalise got shot:
    http://thefederalist.com/2017/06/22/who-does-the-fbi-work-for/

    • Gezza

       /  June 23, 2017

      Thanks Alan. I read that. It’s a very slanted interpretation of the FBI investigation report, judging from the excerpts cited. Seems to me it’s true the shooter was an angry, unstable individual with a pathological hatred for the Democrats & Democratic Congressmen he shot at.

      But from the media & witness reports at the time, & from watching the cellphone clip of the attack that someone took, although he knew certain specific Congressmen he hated would be at the baseball practice, he didn’t actually just pick out & target them specifically. He just popped up from behind cover, opened fire & continued shooting round after round at anybody & everybody there.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 23, 2017

        Except that he shot Republicans, G. And:

        The Associated Press reported the FBI: believes the gunman “had no concrete plan to inflict violence” against Republicans, “had not yet clarified who, if anyone, he planned to target, or why,” believes he may have just “happened upon” the baseball game the morning of June 14, and that the attack appeared “spontaneous,” are unclear on the “context” of Hodgkinson’s note with six names of members of Congress, does not believe that photographs of the baseball field or other sites “represented surveillance of intended targets,” and “painted a picture of a down-on-his-luck man with few future prospects.”

        “In fact, USA Today went with “FBI offers portrait of troubled Alexandria shooter with ‘anger management problem’” for their headline, since that’s what the FBI emphasized in the briefing.”

        Really is in denial that Republicans were targeted at all, rather than just individuals.

      • Gezza

         /  June 23, 2017

        Oops, my bad, Al. Please mentally substitute all mu references to the Democrats with references to Republicans. An unfortunate side effect of my attempting to emulate your monocular vision, which clearly had dreadful ramifications, resulting in a bit of a monumental cock up on the proof-reading front.

        I still think it’s a valid proposition – a purely clinical assessment, their apparent interpretation of the known facts being that the plan for this particular attack wasn’t what could be asserted to be 100% “concrete”. Why would they want to claim otherwise if were not simply how the pieces fitted together? There is no disputing he hated Republicans & Trump is there?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 23, 2017

          I guess the point is that it is irrelevant whether it was a detailed premeditated “concrete” plan or a relatively opportunistic attack – though the fact that he had moved next door to the target and cased it on a planned trip to DC suggests otherwise.

          It was clearly a politically-motivated attack on Republicans and it does appear the FBI was smoke-screening that visibility.

          • Gezza

             /  June 23, 2017

            Hmm. I dunno. It would be hard to smokescreen that. I think it would be pretty well universally accepted from virtually the *get go* it was a politically motivated attack.

          • Missy

             /  June 24, 2017

            It was reported here that he asked someone first if it was Democrats or Republicans, and when he was told it was Republicans that is when he started shooting. So to suggest he was not targeting Republicans is just wrong, he definitely wanted to kill Republicans, and not just kill for the sake of killing, it was no coincidence that Republicans were shot.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 23, 2017

    This is a good analysis and a clear legal principle that needs to be respected. It may take the Supreme Court to enunciate it eventually:
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/alan-dershowitz-corrupt-motive-is-a-slippery-slope-as-the-criterion-for-prosecuting-a-president/article/2626626

  7. Gezza

     /  June 23, 2017

    One of the list of demands made of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, UAE, & Bahrain, is that they Close Down Al Jazeera. Bizzarre. Al Jazeera broadcast unedited all of the Saudi military’s daily announcements when they began attacking the Houthis in Yemen. Haven’t seen the rest of the list yet but giving the Saudis & those other two countries the right to determine other GCC countries’ internal & external policies & relationships would be a major mistake. Even Tillerson has belatedly realised they may have armed and unleashed a beast.