Trump’s best friend locks up teenage girl for slapping someone

Trump’s (and really, all Americans’) master, Benjamin Netanyahu arrested and continues to jail a sixteen year old girl for slapping and pushing some Israeli soldiers who were trespassing on her family’s property.

Let’s give him another couple billion. He needs it to protect his poor, innocent, weak, government from evil little girls.

Trump doubles down on stupid Jerusalem decision

128 Nations are against moving the Capital of Israel to Jerusalem.  Now I don’t care who lives in Jerusalem or where the Israeli government decides to put its headquarters.  And I’m all for cutting off aid to the UN.

But of all the things to take a stand on, why is the location of the US Embassy in some tiny country in Asia worth upsetting the vast majority of the world’s governments?  Explain how this benefits average Americans?  Wasn’t that supposed to be the whole point of a Trump presidency?  America first?  He was supposed to stop putting the interests of globalists, neocons, international banksters, etc. before those of normal, everyday American citizens.  So why is he making his biggest foreign policy initiative a totally symbolic move designed to pander to Sheldon Adelson and Bill Kristol while angering the entire Muslim world and just about all of Europe?

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What happened to America First?

Explain to me how moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem benefits the average American citizen in any way. I can see how it could benefit war profiteers and a lot of American Israeli-Firsters might like it, but what is that, about 0.1% of the US population? So I’m not seeing much benefit, but I am seeing some serious downsides:

  1. The cost of moving the embassy.  How many hundreds of millions of taxpayer/inflationary dollars will it cost to move the perfectly good embassy that already exists in Tel Aviv?
  2. The cost of securing the new embassy in a much more dangerous place?  How many millions or billions in additional security will be flushed down the toilet so Trump can make our Israeli masters happy? Not to mention the increased risk to US diplomats if the security fails.
  3. Inflaming tensions all over the Middle East.  This has a number or potential repercussions:
    1. Makes our corrupt politicians hand over even more of our money to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, etc. to subsidize their militaries that will be stressed trying to put down possible riots
    2. Americans (or any Westerners really) trying to do any business in Middle Eastern countries will now be even bigger targets for Muslim violence.
    3. Blowback. Possible terror attacks on the home front.  Not only does this kill or injure random Americans who probably don’t give a shit about Israel, it leads to possible new overseas wars and increased surveillance/reduction in liberties here at home.

Now the upsides for non-Neocons and non-merchants of death:

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I’ll have to get back to you if I think of anything.

So anyway Trump, thanks for cutting my taxes, but stop sucking up to Netanyahu and put America First.

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Freedom for Catalonia

Despite the central government in Madrid sending in their stormtroopers to rough up peaceful voters, the Catalans voted for independence from Spain.  Good for them.

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Similar to the the failed Scottish independence referendum a few years ago, we hear from conservatives that the politicians who would rule Catalonia are Leftists that want to remain in the EU.  Since Leftism and the EU are bad, they should stay part of Spain.  Nonsense. It’s not like Spain is thinking about leaving the EU anyway.  The Catalans are valuable to Spain because they pay more in Federal taxes than they get back in government spending.  They’re richer than the rest of Spain so that seems to be why the government of Mariano Rajoy has chosen violent suppression rather than persuasion like we saw in the UK for both Brexit and Scottish Independence.

Of course even if they were dirt poor, I doubt very much they would be let go. Governments rarely allow people under their control to leave peacefully if they can stop it.  I just don’t think Madrid would be acting quite so desperate as they seem now to stop secession were Catalonia not the most prosperous region of their realm.

Well get used to it.  There will be much more of this in the years to come.  The various ethnic and linguistic groups in Europe, the true “Nations” on that continent rather than the multicultural States we know today, will increasingly look to go their own way.  And some will seek to leave the European Union.

I’m totally in favor of this, and I hope it can be done peacefully.  An independent Catalonia or Flanders or Venice isn’t worth dying for.  But it’s certainly worth fighting for.  Smaller states are more responsive to the will of their citizens, they tend to stay out of unnecessary foreign wars, and they waste a lot less money.

There is no reason why the borders of the various tax jurisdictions across the Western world currently in place have to stay in place forever.  That includes the USA.

Trump’s Betrayal

He’s committing more troops to Afghanistan. He won’t define victory. He won’t set a timetable to end the war. It will almost certainly continue to the end of his presidency whether he’s forced out by Christmas or he makes it through 2020.  It’s disgraceful.

Prior to his running for president, I hated Donald Trump.  I thought he was a smug jerk who was popular among the type of people who watch reality TV shows.  And of course he was just that.  When he would occasionally make political speeches he would often espouse a superficial philosophy on government that I felt was completely at odds with libertarianism.

But when he called out the entire political establishment on their bullshit beginning in 2015, it was a true Emperor has no Clothes moment.  He was telling it like it was.  I certainly didn’t agree with everything he was saying.  How could I when he constantly contradicted himself?  But he wasn’t afraid to stand up to the Bushes and Clintons, and their allies in the media.

I voted for Donald Trump.  I did it for three main reasons:

  1. Foreign policy.  He called the Bush and Obama wars failures that were based on lies. He said we should stay out of Syria. He said we could be friends with Russia.
  2. He promised to reduce immigration.
  3. He stood up to the PC bullies who seek to silence and humiliate anyone who doesn’t publicly appease the angry and increasingly irrational Left.

He’s betrayed his supporters on Foreign Policy.  He bombed Syria based on lies and because his foolish daughter felt more murder and destruction was an appropriate response to alleged murder and destruction.  However, I still held out some hope when he later abandoned the Obama-Hillary strategy of funding the no-win insurgency there against the Russian backed dictator.

But now he’s re-escalating Afghanistan?  Is there anyone outside of Washington, D.C. who doesn’t work for a military contractor that actually thinks this war benefits the average American citizen in any way?  Does anyone still buy the “safe haven” bullshit at this point when the 9/11 hijackers were all Arabs, mainly Saudis, who trained right here in the United States and received funds from other Saudis?  Are people still scared of the “Taliban” which at this point is really just a name applied to the Pashtuns who are the largest tribe in Afghanistan and are not going to be “defeated” (whatever that means) by a few thousand additional troops?

When it comes to immigration, despite the hysterics emanating from the Left and their media allies, I’m not aware of anything he’s done to actually reduce it.  I’ve heard estimates that illegal immigration is down slightly, but I don’t know how anyone verifies that.  There was a plan released from the Trump administration that would potentially reduce immigration so I suppose the jury is still out on that one, but I’m not holding my breath.

As for standing up to the media and the PC police in general, I’ll give him some credit for not totally caving.  I still get a kick out of him bashing CNN or seeing some Democrat/”Centrist” Republican get the vapors because he refuses to ignore Left-wing violence and focus exclusively on a few powerless idiots wearing Nazi flags as the main threat to our freedom.

But even on this point, he’s allowed his true allies to be forced out of the White House after only a few months seemingly to placate the people that hate him and propagate lies that he’s a secret Nazi colluding with the evil Russians.  He now has himself surrounded by a bunch of ex-Generals and standard GOP henchmen.  As a result you see his idiotic flip-flop on the never ending Afghan Terror war.  It wouldn’t surprise me if they talk him into sounding more and more like Mitt Romney when it comes to condemning the evil “right wing,” i.e. anyone who doesn’t believe in the latest insane leftist orthodoxy surrounding  tansgenderism, white privilege, or the ability of certain statues to harm black people.

It truly is a sad day in the once free United States of America.

Anti-Russian hysteria

What started as an effort to hurt the candidacy of Donald Trump by claiming he was a Russian “puppet” or “agent’ in 2016 has turned into an all-out campaign of hate against America’s former cold war adversary.  This is a country, that despite being relatively impoverished by Western standards, and having zero ability to attack the United States without committing instant suicide, is still a significant power in the world.  They can have a major impact on their region of the globe in both Europe and Asia through their control of resources and a military presence in their near abroad.

The effort on the part of the media, Democrat Party, and the Neocon wing of the GOP to turn Russia into a pariah state like they have with Iran, Cuba, North Korea, etc. could be a disaster.  Remember, while those regimes have survived despite the hardships imposed on their citizens by US sanctions, efforts to demonize Mao’s China lead to the Korean War, and efforts to demonize Saddam Hussein lead to two disastrous wars in the Middle East in recent decades.  Muammar Gaddafi in Lybia and  Manuel Noriega in Panama both lead to full scale wars and the overthrow or their governments.  Attemps at overthrowing Bashar al-Assad in Syria has lead to the rise of ISIS.

Try isolating and overthrowing Putin and see what happens.  It won’t be pretty.

How bad will Trump be?

I’m holding out hope he’ll be sort of a Ronald Reagan type.  Reagan isn’t the God-like figure that many Fox News watching conservatives think he was.  He was pretty bad in a lot of ways.  In fact I’d say he was probably worse than his predecessor, the much maligned Jimmy Carter.  Perhaps I’ll get into this topic more in a future post.

Still, Reagan was somewhat of a mixed bag while everyone who has followed him has been pretty much all bad.  The political class thought Reagan was a loose cannon who would start WWIII.  Trump was thought by some (including me) to be more of a realist on foreign policy, but he’s started out his presidency basically threatening every foreign country on the Neocon/Hillary Clinton enemies list.  So now a lot of Libertarians and paloeconservatives at least, thinks he’s a mad man too.

As an aside, isn’t it interesting how Trump’s almost insanely hawkish demeanor thus far has actually earned him some new found respect among many in the DC establishment? Reagan’s anti-Soviet rhetoric was considered a political liability by the US ruling class in the early 1980s, but Trump’s respectful comments about Vladimir Putin made him unfit for office as far as the Democrats, Neocons, and most media outlets were concerned.

But back to the point of this post…

If we look at what Reagan actually did:

  1. Talked a lot of shit about the USSR (Russia)
  2. Bombed an Arab country (In his case Libya), but never did anything further
  3. Put a small number of Marines into an Arab country (Lebanon, and then pulled them out after a bunch of them were killed).
  4. Spend a ton of money on weapons.

Trump’s basically done those 4 things.  And make no mistake these were all really bad things with both Reagan and Trump*  But that was pretty much it with Reagan.  He really wasn’t a war president.  He invaded Granada which took a few hours, but that didn’t escalate into anything serious.  At any rate, I think Trump can probably avoid sending troops into a tiny Caribbean island.

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Let’s just hope Trump, like Reagan, ends up making friends with Russia (like he promised repeatedly during his campaign).  Let’s hope his bombing of Syria and Afghanistan was the end of those interventions, and he let’s the US gracefully bow out in defeat.  And let’s hope the troops he’s sent to Syria get pulled out.  And maybe we’ll be lucky and it won’t take over 200 dead marines for him to do it.  And I obviously don’t want increased military spending, but I’m guessing the price tag on a new aircraft carrier named U.S.S. Donald trump will be less costly than a full scale war.

It’s amazing to think that from about 1975 until the Bush Dynasty assumed power in 1989 and immediately invaded Panama, then Iraq, and then Somalia, the United States was more or less at Peace.  At least compared to the 1990s and certainly compared to the post 9/11 21st century.

Trump could still return us to a less bellicose foreign policy and let us relax on that front. We’ve got enough problems in this country, that we don’t need to be debating who should rule Ukraine, or Syria, or some islands in the Indian ocean as if it’s any business of the average American.  The people that voted for him certainly didn’t do so because they wanted to fight North Korea.

I’m losing faith that this “return to normalcy” can happen.  But I still see a small glimmer of hope.  However, it is fading fast.

*I would like to point out that I think the Soviet regime was horrible and communism is/was a very bad political and economic system.  So I don’t have a problem with the president expressing that as Reagan did.  I just don’t believe the Cold War, NATO, Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, etc. contributed to the security of the United States.  They were all a waste of money and lives as far as average Americans were concerned.  Ronnie should have been more worried about what was in the interests of United States citizens and less obsessed with his crusade to destroy the Evil Empire.  Regardless of how badly the Soviet regime treated its citizens, they weren’t suicidal and could have been dealt with like other world powers. The US didn’t have to constantly be on the brink of nuclear war in the twentieth century, and we don’t need to be now either.