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April 25, 2018

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

April 15, 2018

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

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