19 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-6-17

  1. It turns out that Merkel, Abe and others are capable of leadership. The rest of the world will continue on the path of free trade that has led to unprecedented economic growth and lifted billions out of poverty. US manufacturers may be left out.


  2. A newspaper article that was never printed:
    “Today, Curtis Lemay’s B-29’s dropped thousands of cindery bombs on Tokyo destroying much of the city including thousands of unarmed civilians.”

    “A thousand plane raid last night pummeled Frankfurt and Berlin as Allied planes continued it’s air war against Germany. Many thousands of innocent civilians were killed, mostly women and children.”

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  3. Chas, the firebombing of civilian areas during WWII was controversial then and remains controversial today – Bomber Command was the only British military arm not to receive a combat medal: http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-two/the-bombing-campaign-of-world-war-two/the-bombing-of-hamburg-in-1943/. If nothing else, using such tactics lowered them to the level of Hitler’s bombing of London. The Allies were not always right in the way they waged the war. Generals such as Eisenhower disagreed with Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb: http://www.nuclearfiles.org/menu/key-issues/nuclear-weapons/history/pre-cold-war/hiroshima-nagasaki/opinion-eisenhower-bomb.htm. We can all still agree that the Nazis and Imperial Japan presented a menace while realizing that the sinful human nature was still operating in those who fought against the Axis, not just among the Soviets, but in the Western Allies as well. My grandfather drove an army officer whose responsibility was to round up stray units who were engaging in looting as the Allies advanced into Germany, and, from the tone of his letters to his sister, my grandfather became quite cynical from what he saw our own soldiers were capable of doing.

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  4. You know, if the media would get off their he-whom-I-prefer-not-to-name addiction, the rest of might see what else is going on in the world and respond appropriately.

    Or maybe our government is doing that while HWIPNTN keeps everyone else “entertained?”

    How is the rest of the government fairing? Anyone know?

    Back to my serene vacation– before the Adorables awaken!

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  5. Chas. Although the press may have been muted there was ample criticism of Allied bombing tactics and strategy both from a humanitarian and strategic viewpoint.

    Many viewed civilian bombing as a war crime and unnecessary escalation which would provoke tit for tat responses. Strategically it was a diversion of resources best employed elsewhere. When the Germans switched from strategic bombing of military targets to indiscriminate civilian bombing (it was easier with less casualties), the Brits were able to repair and reemploy military infrastructure. This helped turn the tide in the Battle of Britain.

    The latter Allied bombing of German cities esp Hamburg and Dresden helped to keep Germany unified against the Allies making the war a nationalist enterprise as opposed to an ideological war. By bombing civilians, the allies made the war about race and ethnicity and the Nazi German capitalized on it.

    Bomber command was then seen as war criminals and were often shot as such by the Germans. And back in UK, many in and out of the military were almost as critical for both moral and strategic reasons.

    In the present era, its good to have an open discussion of strategy and tactics to ensure mistakes aren’t repeated.

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  6. Thanks for the Stephens’ article, HRW! That guy is as harsh as I am. From the article:

    “Buckley died in 2008. The conservatism he nourished was fundamentally literary: To play a significant part in it you had to know how to write, and in order to write well you had to read widely, and in order to do that you had to, well, enjoy reading. In hindsight, 2008, the year of Sarah Palin, was also the year when literary conservatism went into eclipse.

    Suddenly, you didn’t need to devote a month to researching and writing a 7,000-word critique of Obama administration’s policy on, say, Syria to be taken seriously as a conservative foreign-policy expert. You just needed to mouth off about it for five minutes on “The O’Reilly Factor.” For books there were always ghostwriters; publicity on Fox ensured they would always top The Times’s best-seller lists.

    Influence ceased to be measured by respectability — op-eds published in The Wall Street Journal; keynotes delivered to the American Enterprise Institute — and came to be measured by ratings. The quality of an idea could be tested not by its ability to withstand scrutiny from experts, but by the willingness of people to swallow it.”


  7. The comparison to what happened in the financial crisis is very good.


    “On the subject of cycles, Warren Buffett likes to talk about “the natural progression, the three I’s.” As he put it to Charlie Rose in 2008, those I’s are “the innovators, the imitators and the idiots.” One creates, one enhances — and one screws it all up. Then, presumably, the cycle starts afresh.

    Buffett was describing the process that led to the 2008 housing and financial crises. But he might as well have been talking about the decline of the conservative movement in America.

    I was reminded of this again last week, on news that the Fox News host Sean Hannity will receive the William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence later this year at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C. As honors go, neither the award nor the organization bestowing it — the Media Research Center — are particularly noteworthy.

    But sometimes symbolism is more potent than fact. If we have reached the point where rank-and-file conservatives see nothing amiss with giving Hannity an award named for Buckley, then surely there’s a Milton Friedman Prize awaiting Steve Bannon for his insights on free trade. And maybe Sean Spicer can receive the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent for his role in exposing “fake news.” The floor’s the limit.”


  8. Now if they could just start a similar program with Palestinian children, a 2 state solution could possibly happen. Hamas uses the same tactic, and they use US aid to do it. Where’s the outrage when they do it?


    ” The UN refugee camp near this small town just south of Mosul is a sun-baked sea of white tents. In one tent, 15-year-old Atallah Saleh swats at flies and looks at the ground shyly. His sweet smile disappears as he describes the three years he spent under ISIS rule.

    “When Daesh came, they taught us how to be suicide bombers and make IEDs,” he says, his eyes glistening with tears. “They distributed books about their propaganda. The teachers at school taught us how to hold a Kalashnikov, how to shoot and kill, how to become a suicide bomber and fight the jihad.”

    From a military standpoint, ISIS, or Daesh as it is known here, looks like it might be on its way out of Iraq. Some in the media are already calling the fall of Mosul the end of the terror group in the country.

    But ISIS came to Iraq not just to conquer, but to settle. In every territory under its control, the group took over schools and mosques, installing radical imams and teachers to inject its ideology into a new generation. As ISIS loses ground militarily, the civilians it spent years indoctrinating are now scattered across the country in refugee camps.

    Some camps are reported to have inhumane living conditions. Others are plagued by retaliatory violence against their Sunni Muslim residents. All provide a potential incubator for terror, as youths like Atallah who have already absorbed the radical Islamist mentality of ISIS begin to nurture resentment against their liberators.”


  9. The real Russia scandal. The one most of the media keeps ignoring, and Democrats keep obstructing the investigation of.

    It’s a fairly long piece, but worth the time. It will also give you a better idea of the players involved. And once again, it ain’t Trump and his admin.


    “It is perhaps the key piece of forensic evidence in Russia’s suspected efforts to sway the November presidential election, but federal investigators have yet to get their hands on the hacked computer server that handled email from the Democratic National Committee.

    Indeed, the only cybersecurity specialists who have taken a look at the server are from CrowdStrike, the Irvine, California-based private cybersecurity company that the DNC hired to investigate the hack — but which has come under fire itself for its work.

    Some critics say CrowdStrike’s evidence for blaming Russia for the hack is thin. Members of Congress say they still believe Russia was responsible but wonder why the DNC has never allowed federal investigators to get a look at the key piece of evidence: the server. Either way, a key “witness” in the political scandal consuming the Trump administration remains beyond the reach of investigators.

    “I want to find out from the company [that] did the forensics what their full findings were,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is leading the Judiciary Committee’s inquiry, told The Washington Times.
    Scrutinizing the DNC server hack and CrowdStrike’s analysis has not factored heavily in multiple probes exploring the Russia issue. But behind the scenes, discussions are growing louder, congressional sources say.

    “I want to find out from the company [that] did the forensics what their full findings were,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is leading the Judiciary Committee’s inquiry, told The Washington Times.

    Scrutinizing the DNC server hack and CrowdStrike’s analysis has not factored heavily in multiple probes exploring the Russia issue. But behind the scenes, discussions are growing louder, congressional sources say.”

    “In recent days, questions about the server have taken on more importance as attention has focused on an email suggesting that the DNC and the Obama administration’s Justice Department were trying to limit the scope of the FBI’s investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s secret email account.

    Mentioned in recent reporting and testimony from fired FBI Director James B. Comey, the correspondence reportedly shows Obama-era Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch privately assuring “someone in the Clinton campaign that the email investigation would not push too deeply into the matter.””


  10. Looks like liberal ideals are gonna clash here. Two of their favorite groups are clashing against one another. Muslims will now learn that the gay card trumps all.


    “Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia have called for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain’s support for LGBT rights.

    Malaysian group Perkasa, which supports a hard-line form of Islam and nationalism, this week called on its more than 500,000 members to stay away from Starbucks coffee shops. This week and last, leaders of Indonesia’s second largest mainstream Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, with an estimated 29 million members, denounced the chain.

    The groups were apparently reacting to comments made several years ago by former CEO Howard Schultz in support of gay rights that drew renewed attention amid an increasingly anti-LGBT climate in both of the predominantly Muslim countries.”


  11. Given a choice between anything and Starbucks, liberals will side with Starbucks. Personally I prefer Tim Horton’s. But a Starbucks just moved in to my neighborhood, so gentrification has arrived and Im adding a 25% surcharge to the value of my home.

    Polish politics are interesting in that the two largest parties are both right wing, one economic and the other populist. Currently the populists are in charge — a very friendly environment for Trump. My Polish friends — who support the other right wing party — claim the govt bussed in supporters from the southeast rural area; their core region.


  12. Polish politics are also interesting for those who think history is destiny. If you draw a diagonal line from the south west to the north east, you essential divide Poland into former German Poland (northwest) and Russian/Austrian Poland (southeast). The latter votes for the populist right and the former votes for the centre right Civic Platform. My friends mock the latter as backwards due to centuries of Russian occupation. It makes red vs blue state a child’s game. Trump of course is now being celebrated (or more crudely used) by the southeast’s Law and Justice.

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