Songbird John McCain And The Truth

Thomas G. McInerney, a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant General, said on a Fox News program that Senator John McCain (RINO-AZ) was called 'songbird' because when he was tortured by the Viet Cong he apparently spilled his guts and admittedly made a tape confessing his war crimes. I say 'apparently' because I wasn't there but I'm guessing that if anyone would know it would be an Air Force Lieutenant General and the tape of McCain's confession is available here. A spokesman for Fox News said that because General McInerney spoke that insensitive truth Fox News was never going to have him on again.

I don't know General McInerney but it seems to me that when McCain interjected himself into the conversation about torture and the nominee to be CIA chief, Gina Haspel, from his home in Arizona it is fair to point out that torture does sometimes work, as it did with McCain, and it is also fair to point out that McCain voted to approve John Brennan, who had been Haspel's boss during the time that the prisoners at GITMO were subject to enhanced interrogations, as CIA chief in 2013.

The remark, while insensitive but true, would not have been made if McCain had remained silent while being treated by the Mayo Clinic near his home in Arizona. There would have been no reason to mention him. John McCain brought himself into the conversation.

It is also fair to point out that when John McCain came back to the Senate after being diagnosed with a brain tumor and dramatically voted to continue with Obamacare, he had a 'Cadillac' health care plan provided to him by his employer, the people of the United States, yet he voted to leave over 400,000 of the people he represents in Arizona with unaffordable or no health insurance. How selfish of McCain to deny those he supposedly represents affordable health insurance while those same people provide him with his health insurance. By the way, the 400,000 estimate was provided by none other than the junior Senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake (RINO-AZ), during an interview while on a book promotional tour a short time before the vote in the Senate.

Fox News can invite anyone they want to speak on their programs, but to ban someone because they spoke an insensitive truth doesn't seem fair and balanced.

Posted by Rick | May 11, 2018 02:02 PM | Social Studies

Melania's Hat And More

I just read a story in the Washington Post by Robin Givhan with the headline ’Melania Trump, fashion diplomacy was defined by the hat’ that was packed with information about ‘the hat’ and other asundry information about the clothes worn by First Lady Trump that were generally a celebration of French haute couture.

The article was interesting to me because there were no glowing statements praising Mrs. Trump’s fashion sense, but more a statement of fact about each outfit interspersed with little shots at Mrs. Trump. As an example, Ms. Givhan thought Mrs Trump was ‘overdressed’ for the dinner at Mount Vernon, stating "the first lady sometimes appears to be dressing for a fashion-shoot version of the event — a kind of heightened reality of an already rather surreal circumstance.” The hat was described as “It was a diva crown. A grand gesture of independence. A church hat. The Lord is my shepherd. Deliver us from evil. Amen.” Frankly, First Lady Trump was stunning In everything she wore during the Macron’s visit including her stiletto heels.

The reporter said “President Trump was wearing a classic tuxedo that, like most of his suits, looked too big for his frame. The trousers were akin to palazzo pants, and, no, he did not button his jacket. Emmanuel Macron wore a tuxedo that fit.” Ms. Givhan needs to stick to commenting on women's clothing.

While the tuxedo the President wore is larger than that of President Macron, he is a larger man and although it may have looked better in the photographs had President Trumps's tuxedo jacket been buttoned, tuxedo jackets are often not buttoned, hence the cumberbun. The pants were traditionally and perfectly tailored with a slight break at the ankle just above the shoe. President Macron’s pants were bunched around his ankles and could have been worn by a man 6 inches taller.

The tuxedo jacket President Trump wore was, just as the pants were, traditionally and perfectly tailored. I prefer a little more of the shirt cuff showing but the length of the jacket sleeves was perfect, right above the thumb bone. I am looking at the picture of the two couples as I write this and the length of President Macron’s jacket sleeves look like they could have been pulled down to his knuckles. I’ll take President Trump’s tailor every day, all day. I don't know what Ms. Givens was looking at but she needs new glasses, her political slip is showing.

The reporter also addressed the gowns the female guests wore to the state dinner, managing only two compliments, one to Henry Kissinger’s wife’s gown calling it a study in ‘classic elegance’ and noted that “Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, sparkled in a dramatic silver Roberto Cavalli gown’ snipping that it was by an Italian designer.

Summing up the clothes the women wore, Ms. Givhan wrote “The gowns were perfectly lovely but a bit of a snooze.’’ I would like to remind Ms. Givhan that this was, after all, a state dinner with one of our closest allies and not the red carpet at the Academy Awards where there is always a contest to see who can show the most tits and ass without getting arrested for public indecency.

Posted by Rick | April 25, 2018 09:12 AM | Social Studies

Not Even An Aspirin Factory?

As many as seventy five people in Syria died as a result of the alleged use of poison gas, probably chlorine and, perhaps, serin gas, in an attack in the city of Douma, Syria, a week ago. It is believed that the Assad regime carried out the attack.

Putting the regrettable deaths into some perspective, in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of Syrians, seventy five deaths is regrettable but quite insignificant

I understand that the use of chemical weapons is against the Geneva Convention and a war crime. Many world leaders were incensed by this latest despicable attack. Te fact that the Assad regime doesn't seem to understand this is even more galling.

When Assad used chemical weapons against his people a year ago the United States unilaterally sent the Assad regime a message by targeting the aircraft that could deliver the outlawed weapons. Fifty-nine cruise missiles ultimately destroyed about 20% of the Assad regime's air force. A pretty good return on investment for the United States.

There have been reports of further use of chemical weapons this past year, but when pictures of the carnage of the latest chemical weapons attack were shown, President Trump was incensed and decided it was time to do something again.

The attack Friday night by the United States, France and Great Britain on Syria was meant to send a message that the use of poison gas is unacceptable and I'm sure that the message was received, but it was a very expensive message.

It is being reported that the allies used 108 cruise missiles to deliver their latest message, targeting what was believed to be a research center used in the production of chemical weapons and two storage facilities for said chemical weapons. Reuters is reporting that, if you can believe anything the Syrians or their friends say, it is possible that the buildings that were demolished in the attack on Syria were empty.

A senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus told Reuters the sites that were targeted had been evacuated days ago thanks to a warning from Russia.

You can read more about this here.

This also raises the question of how the Russians knew what the targets were going to be.

If the buildings were, in fact, empty and you consider the cost of just the missiles that were used in the attack, we spent well over $100 million dollars, not to mention the cost of the ships, planes, and military personnel from the United States, Great Britain, and France, this attack did not have a very good return on investment.

If this is true and the buildings destroyed Friday night were completely empty, it makes Bill Clinton's attack on the aspirin factory in Sudan look pretty good, considering it only took a handful of missiles and the payout of $50 million dollars to the businessman whose business was mistakenly destroyed.

Posted by Rick | April 15, 2018 02:53 AM | Political Science

FBI Screws The Pooch Again

It's worse than I initially thought!!

The FBI had another, more specific tip about the Florida school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, on January 5th of this year and they did nothing with it. Today they actually managed an apology. Sorry..... So Sorry.......

Trump is changing the name of the FBI to the Federal Bureau Of Incompetence.

Posted by Rick | February 16, 2018 03:22 PM | Social Studies

FBI Doing A Bang Up Job?

I am getting a little tired of everyone telling us what a great job the FBI rank and file are doing while the upper echelon at the FBI were plotting the demise of the Trump campaign and subsequent Trump administration.

Granted, the FBI was able to protect us from the likes of that notorious gangster, Martha Stewart, who got thrown in prison for lying to the FBI. The Mueller/FBI investigation into Russian collusion with Trump campaign/administration officials has extracted a guilty plea of lying to the FBI from another gangster, General Michael Flynn.

Mysteriously, former FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that General Flynn didn’t lie to the FBI. Who's not telling the truth?

Unfortunately, the FBI famously missed the Tsarnaev brothers who were able to build and explode 2 bombs at the Boston marathon in 2013, killing 2 and gravely wounded 260 others. The FBI had been given a head-up from Russia about the Tsarnaev brothers, but the brothers went on their merry way after being interviewed by the FBI.

According to CBS news in an April 19, 2013, story, the FBI was also looking into Major Hasan Nadal before he killed 13 and wounded 29 others in the Fort Hood shootings and Carlos Bledsoe (Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad) of Little Rock, Arkansas, before he shot up an Army recruiting office on June 1, 2009, killing one soldier and wounding another.

Now, it's being widely reported that there was a posting on social media from Nikolas Cruz stating that he wanted to be a ‘professional school shooter’ yet the FBI didn’t bother to follow up on the posting other than to visit with the person who reported the posting.

I guess the FBI agents were too busy e-mailing each other anti-Trump messages to do any real work.

Posted by Rick | February 16, 2018 02:22 AM | Social Studies

Florida Shooting A Drop In The Ocean

The school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead and many others wounded was, of course, a tragedy for those involved and for America in general. News reports would seem to portray this as a common occurrence, just another day, just another school shooting. This was, according to Shepard Smith of Fox News, the 25th school shooting in the United States since the Columbine school shooting on April 20, 1999. ABC News reported on ‘20/20’ that FBI records show there have been 141 deaths in those school shootings. Of course, 1 school shooting is one too many but in a country of 320,000,000 people this is really a drop in the ocean. Hell, on a bad weekend in Chicago these days there are 25 shootings. In 2016 according to the Chicago Police Department, Chicago had 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,331 shooting victims. All this while Chicago boasts some of the strictest gun laws in the country. It is unlikely that more gun laws could do much to stem the violence. The problem is much deeper than a lack of laws.

Posted by Rick | February 16, 2018 02:17 AM | Social Studies