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19 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  April 17, 2018

    its a great business to be in.Imagine how many jobs would be lost if this business were …curtailed! 😉

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  April 17, 2018

    Mission accomplished

  3. Gezza

     /  April 17, 2018

    Just a quick reminder of something from the NYT:

    Republicans used to warn the nation about Mr. Trump openly, back when they thought they could still protect their party from him. Here’s a short sampling: “malignant clown,” “national disgrace,” “complete idiot,” “a sociopath, without a conscience or feelings of guilt, shame or remorse,” “graceless and divisive,” “predatory and reprehensible,” flawed “beyond mere moral shortcomings,” “unsound, uninformed, unhinged and unfit,” “a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world,” “A bigot. A misogynist. A fraud. A bully.” Some still say these sorts of things, albeit anonymously. Just last week, one of the president’s defenders in Congress told a conservative columnist, “It’s like Forrest Gump won the presidency, but an evil, really [expletive] stupid Forrest Gump.”
    …………………….

    • MaureenW

       /  April 17, 2018

      What a rap sheet, such a flawed character yet he still beat all the other Republican contenders and Clinton. Afterall, Obama said “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”
      He described Clinton as a person who listens, keeps her cool and treats everybody with respect.
      “Hillary has real plans to address the concerns she’s heard from you on the campaign trail,” Obama said. “She’s got specific ideas to invest in new jobs, to help workers share in their company’s profits, to help put kids in preschool, and put students through college without taking on a [tonne] of debt. That’s what leaders do.”
      Lol. They’re all crooks and cheats Gezza, does any of it really matter?

      • Gezza

         /  April 17, 2018

        What a rap sheet, such a flawed character yet he still beat all the other Republican contenders and Clinton.

        That’s how far their society and culture has degenerated over the last 100 years Maureen – and they’re flooding the world with it.

        • MaureenW

           /  April 17, 2018

          Are they? Other countries seem well versed in selecting their own villains to lead, I can’t really think of any instance that I could blame the US for. I mean, Justin Trudeau appears to be very much his own lunatic ….

          • Gezza

             /  April 17, 2018

            Maybe … seems a bit of a dreamer to me – but Republicans haven’t described him as a: “malignant clown,” “national disgrace,” “complete idiot,” “a sociopath, without a conscience or feelings of guilt, shame or remorse,” “graceless and divisive,” “predatory and reprehensible,” flawed “beyond mere moral shortcomings,” “unsound, uninformed, unhinged and unfit,” “a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world,” “A bigot. A misogynist. A fraud. A bully.”.

            Only Trump.

  4. Gezza

     /  April 17, 2018

    Aljazeera tv news: Breaking
    Syrian state tv claims its Sharyat air base in Homs is under missile attack.

    • NOEL

       /  April 17, 2018

      US says no air activity by them.
      My money would be on Israel. They’ve flown that route before.

    • Gezza

       /  April 17, 2018

      The Hill:

      The Trump administration is reportedly trying to recruit Arab nations to commit funding and troops to eventually replace the U.S. military presence in Syria.

      The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that U.S. officials have reached out to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates about contributing billions of dollars and military resources to help secure Syria after ISIS is defeated. National Security Adviser John Bolton has also reportedly reached out to Egyptian officials about the initiative.

      Military officials told the Journal that it would be difficult to convince Arab nations to send troops if the U.S. withdrew its forces entirely.

      The reported effort comes days after President Trump authorized targeted missile strikes in Syria following in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians in the town of Douma. However, Trump has in recent weeks created uncertainty over the future of the U.S. role in Syria. While he has pledged to defeat ISIS, he has indicated on multiple occasions — including as recently as Friday — that he’d like to bring American troops home from Syria soon.

      “America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria,” he said during an address to announce the missile strikes. “It’s a troubled place. We will try to make it better. But it’s a troubled place.”

      During a press conference with Baltic leaders, Trump suggested the U.S. could extend its military presence in Syria if other Arab states, like Saudi Arabia, paid for it.

      Multiple military advisers and lawmakers have pushed back on Trump’s comments, warning that pulling troops out of Syria would be a mistake that could destabilize the region.

      Earlier this month, Trump reiterated his desire to end U.S. involvement in Syria quickly. “I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home,” the president said.
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      Difficult thing, having the US run by a stable genius.

      • seer

         /  April 17, 2018

        Shouldn’t Trump ask Israel to contribute? Or is that just the same as the US paying for it?

        • Gezza

           /  April 17, 2018

          Do you think he’s aware Saudi Arabia and UAE hate Qatar’s guts & as a result of their still blockading Qatar, Qatar & Iran are now BFFs?

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  April 17, 2018

    Well the GOP are finally ahead in some polls, but the scary thing is just how low both parties are polling on these issues:

    “Americans now say that Republicans are better equipped than Democrats to handle the economy and taxes, according to a new survey.

    Thirty-five percent of respondents in a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll said that they prefer the GOP to handle the economy, while 28 percent said they prefer Democrats.

    When the same question was asked in a December poll, Democrats led by 5 points.

    Respondents also preferred Republicans over Democrats by a smaller, 2-point margin on the issue of taxes. Democrats led by 4 points on that question in December. The December survey was conducted just days before the GOP scored a major legislative victory in passing tax reform.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/383450-poll-americans-now-prefer-gop-over-dems-on-taxes-but-tax-bill-still