And the next Media Pile On is …. DRUMROLL !!! … ” Jaw Dropping ! “…

Can allies trust an administration that boasts of using military power to pillage other nations’ resources ?

It was perhaps the most jaw-dropping moment in Donald Trump’s impromptu , marathon news conference — an event which , along with the NATO leaders summit that provided the occasion , was already crowded with jaw-dropping moments …

That’s one ( Two if you count Junior’s initial juvenile introduction of the catch phrase behind the President of the United States back ) …

” Right now , the only soldiers we have in that area are essentially the soldiers that are keeping the oil ” the U.S. president said of the redefined role of American troops in eastern Syria … ” So we have the oil. And we can do with the oil what we want.”

In that infamous hot-mic video of the reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace , Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was caught gossiping with other world leaders about watching the jaws of Trump’s staffers ” hit the floor ” upon hearing him announce that the next G-7 meeting would be held at Camp David.

That’s THREE Peter Benchley references ! …

Trudeau also was a witness to Trump’s tirade over the Syrian oil fields in that same ” unscheduled ” ( the prime minister’s word for it ) media event.

The U.S. president has , for over a month , railed on about securing control of Syria’s oil resources to America’s benefit — partly as a way to save face over his sudden abandonment of Kurdish allies in the face of a Turkish incursion into northern Syria , partly to paper over the broken promise to withdraw U.S troops from the country entirely.

What made this performance especially jaw-dropping was his suggestion that America should have — and by extension could have — pillaged the oil resources of other nations.

” We’ve taken the oil. I’ve taken the oil. We should have done it in other locations where we were. I can name four of them right now ” said Trump. ( He did not name the other countries. )

It might have been the random musings of a stressed-out president facing impeachment. That might be too generous an interpretation , however , given Trump’s bottom-line approach to alliances — where cash transactions in exchange for Washington’s support rule the day.

It all leaves allies pondering some uncomfortable questions. What does this mean for the future ? And how willing should any country be to support an America that muses openly — perhaps illegitimately — about stealing the resources of other nations ?

At the very least , Trump’s repeated comments have given fresh ammunition to critics who’ve long claimed U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is more about controlling the oil than supporting freedom and democracy.

It’s ALWAYS been about ‘ the oil ‘ !!! … Westen civilization , the States in particular , consume 100 times more than the shithole pagan countries where it seeps out of the earth the easiest !!! … How can Saudi Araia , with all their civil rights abuses ( particularly against women ) be ‘ allies ‘ ? … Th States , WE ( the western world ) NEED  the oil …

Trump’s just the first President to lay it all out on the table … Good for Orange Man !!! …

 

Source: Trump’s Syria policy now appears to be — quite literally — ‘blood for oil’ | CBC News

Rex Murphy points out how juvenile Junior is …

“ When Justin Trudeau was overheard at the summit belittling Trump for taking too long with his press conference , the Canadian prime minister sounded to many Americans like a child whining that a working parent had kept him waiting for supper.”

The press of course goes along with this charade in the hope its hopeless drama and ceremony will , ever so little , jolt circulation or viewership. This , too , is a dream. There is not a sane Canadian anywhere in this great land who has so much as postponed a trip to Canadian Tire to pick up a bag of cement or a lug wrench because the throne speech was on. And there is certainly not one Canadian , sane or otherwise , who backed off a dental appointment to harvest the wisdom of after-panels giving lip-service to “ what it really means.”

The speech from the throne is the corporate mission statement of the government , and like all corporate mission statements , it is a semantic graveyard , where dullness and pretentiousness conspire , successfully , against the life and lift of our two wonderful official languages.

MORBNOTE ; Can’t agree with ya there , Rex … The mangled version of the French language spoken in KBec and Ottawa is more comparable to the horrible injustice to the eloquent English language that is spewed out by cab drivers from the Bronx !!! …

The other speech , the really interesting speech , the speech that still has people talking and was headlined all over the Western world , came from the prime minister , at his first major international gathering ( NATO conference ) since his re-election. By calling it a speech I know I’m overdressing it ; it was really nothing more than a string of words , spontaneously exchanged between Justin Trudeau and a huddle of other smart boys ( Emmanuel Macron , Boris Johnson and Mark Rutte ) with Princess Anne listening in.

They and he appeared to be quite jollified , enjoying quite a little chuckle over ( what they would condescendingly regard as ) the antics of the erratic President Trump. They were giggling like schoolboys telling their first dirty joke. Mr. Trudeau was at his high-spirited and cheerful best , evidently taking the lead in the exchange and delivering the best howler — “ His team’s jaws drop to the floor.”

It was all very  , shall we say , catty …

Rex Murphy : A week of two speeches — one dreary , the other dreadfully juvenile …

Nancy Pelosi is bungling the impeachment inquiry …

While it is abundantly clear that the president committed grave wrongdoing , we still do not know , for instance , the extent of the cooperation with the Ukraine pressure campaign within the Trump administration and among Republican members of Congress – information that would lead to a fuller understanding of the events , and possibly other indictments.

” Abundantly Clear !!! ” … ” GRAVE Consequences !!! “…

The narrow focus of the impeachment inquiry , too , seems to be a lost political opportunity. Polls suggest that in the partisan media landscape , many voters’ opinions have already calcified , but it remains likely that a full and public accounting of Trump’s copious wrongdoing , broadcast on television and covered in detail by the media , could change minds in a way that an abrupt party-line vote on a narrow and esoteric set of issues might not.

” Copious Wrongdoing !!! “…

Trump’s violations of the emoluments clause alone would probably provide enough fodder for hearings that could last well into the summer , a political and media event that might drive home to the American people the extent of his corruption and the gravity of the 2020 vote. Pelosi and her defenders might counter that such a prolonged exercise might give Republicans and Trump defenders reason to label the impeachment inquiry as illegitimate. But they’ve called it illegitimate anyway.

” The Extent of HIS Corruption !!! “…

Perhaps more broadly , such a narrow and quick impeachment process risks being not only being politically wasteful for the Democrats , but cowardly as well. In the admittedly warped logic of American political messaging , to impeach Trump for only one of his myriad violations of ethics and law is to imply that all the rest of his behavior is acceptable.

” To impeach Trump for only ONE of his MYRIAD Of Violations !!! ” …

The narrow impeachment inquiry , then , risks dangerously lowering the standards for future presidential conduct , and setting a precedent that Trump-style criminality and self-dealing are privileges of the office. The prospect of impeaching Trump for all of his impeachable misdeeds is daunting , simply because there are so many of them …

” Trump-style Criminality !!! “… ” ALL his Impeachable Deeds !!! “…

” There’s SO MANY of them !!! “…Image result for valium

Right Moira … Take a couple of valium and STFU !!! …

Moira Donegan

Moira Donegan is a Guardian US columnist

Well , Moira … You’re a MOIRON !!! …

Source:  Moira Donegan | The Guardian

Elon Musk cleared of defamation …

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LOS ANGELES – Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet.

Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for weeks in a Thailand cave last year, had sought $190 million in damages for the shame and humiliation caused by the man his lawyer called a “billionaire bully.”

It took less than an hour for an eight-person jury in Los Angeles federal court to reject Unsworth’s claim after a four-day trial.

Musk said the verdict restored his faith in humanity as he quickly left the court with his security detail.

Musk – who deleted the tweet and later apologized for it – had asserted the expression was nothing more than a flippant insult that meant “ creepy old man ,” not pedophile.

Jury foreman Joshua Jones said the panel decided Unsworth’s lawyers failed to prove their case. He said they spent too much time trying to appeal to jurors’ emotions and not concentrating on the evidence.

“ The failure probably happened because they didn’t focus on the tweets ,” Jones said after the verdict was announced. “ I think they tried to get our emotions involved in it.”

And then the lawyers step in , attempting to justify their ridiculous fees that Unsworth is now on the hook for !!! …

… Attorney Lin Wood, in an impassioned and at times emotional closing argument, suggested the jury should award $190 million. Wood said $150 million of that figure should be a “hard slap on the wrist” to punish Musk for what he said was akin to dropping an atomic weapon on his client that would create problems for years like radioactive fallout.

Oh spare us the drama Linny !!! … ” dropping an atomic bomb on his client ” !!! …

He suggested the figure would be reasonable given that Musk testified his stock in Tesla and SpaceX is worth about $20 billion.

But Musk’s lawyer , Alex Spiro , ridiculed the suggested verdict as “ numbers being thrown out like ` The Price is Right ‘ “…

Musk’s lawyer told the jury the tweet did not rise to the level of defamation and cases over insults didn’t belong in federal courtrooms.

Spiro said Unsworth had tried to profit off his role in the cave rescue and basked in the many accolades he received.

Unsworth had been honoured by the queen of England and the king of Thailand , had his photo taken next to British Prime Minister Theresa May and been asked to speak at schools and contribute to a children’s book , which showed that no one took Musk’s insult seriously.

“ People accused of pedophilia don’t get celebrated by world leaders ,” Spiro said. “ Kings and queens and prime ministers don’t stand next to pedophiles.”

BOTTOM LINE ; Unsworth hadn’t demonstrated actual damage to his reputation other than asserting over a couple minutes of emotional testimony delivered with his voice cracking that he felt isolated , ashamed and dirtied , Spiro said. There was no supporting testimony from his girlfriend or other friends who could discuss the impact they witnessed , no evidence he had lost business or relationships as a result of the tweet and he hadn’t sought psychological counselling or medication …

It’s only because Musk has 20 billion that they threw out the absurd 190 million figure for a … What was it … A ‘ tweet ‘ ?!!! … If Musk was a businessman worth a paltry 2 or 3 hundred thousand … No lawyer would waste their time taking on the case …

Source: Elon Musk cleared of defamation in ‘pedo guy’ tweet trial | CP24.com

I am content I won’t be around for this result …

The valedictorian of a Detroit high school is reportedly struggling with basic math in college.

The development comes as colleges have increasingly rejected objective admissions criteria in the name of “ equity ”, with University of California poised to no longer require the SAT because of the racial impact it has on admissions.

“ Marqell McClendon has struggled in the low-level math class she’s taking during her first semester at Michigan State University ,” the news outlet Chalkbeat reported Nov. 15. McClendon , the valedictorian of her graduating class at Detroit’s Cody High School , was used to getting all A’s , but found herself asking strangers to help her with her college coursework , it said.

MSU has pushed for admitting more racial minorities in the name of diversity. Its “ incoming freshman class is predicted to be the largest and most diverse in the school’s history , with more than 8,400 anticipated students ,” the school stated in May 2018 , noting that black enrollment was up 24%.

But nearly half of graduates from Detroit’s main school district must take remedial courses when they get to college , Chalkbeat reported.

In 2016, MSU removed the requirement that all students at least take algebra in either college or high school. Algebra is taught in eighth grade in many schools. Meanwhile, Wayne State University in Detroit dropped its general-education math requirement altogether.

Bob Murphy , the director or university relations and policy for the Michigan Association of State Universities , told Inside Higher Ed that not requiring math will ideally “ lead to more successful graduation outcomes ”…

Churn out the morons !!! …

Nearly 1,000 MSU students a year — or 1 in 8 freshmen — took a remedial class course called MTH 1825 that didn’t count toward a college degree and covered material students should have learned in high school , the Lansing State Journal reported in 2018.

Joe Feldman , CEO of Crescendo , wrote in 2017 that not only is it prejudiced to grade based on whether a student gets the right answers , it’s inherently prejudiced to penalize a student for not doing his homework at all.

You’re an asshole Joe !!! …

“ We often grade in ways that reward students who have privilege and punish those who don’t. Let’s return to homework ,” he wrote. “ For those who don’t grade homework for accuracy , we often grade for completion. We want students to attempt the homework even if answers aren’t correct. The problem is that homework completion is more often a reflection of a student’s income , language and family … and this grading approach places underprivileged students at a huge disadvantage.”

So you don’t care if they’re … STOOPID ?!!! … You think you’re doin’ your job ?!!! …

What a load of horse shit !!! …

 The world is being left to terrorists and morons !!! …

Hunter Biden scrambles to save his ass !!! …

Hunter Biden has filed a request to seal all financial records in his ongoing child support suit to spare himself public ‘ embarrassment ‘ amid claims of ‘ significant debts ‘, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

The 49-year-old filed the motion for a Protective Order of his financial records in the Arkansas Circuit Court of Independence on Wednesday , citing fears that such information would be used ‘ maliciously ‘ by the media if disclosed publicly.

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‘ The likelihood that [ Biden’s ] private records will be used in an inappropriate or malicious manner for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with these proceedings is exceedingly high and should not be tolerated by the court ,’ the filing reads.

Any such disclosures , Biden’s attorneys claim , would furthermore cause their client ‘ undue prejudice , annoyance , embarrassment , and/or oppression.’

‘ Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the parties involved in this matter , it is in the interest of justice and necessary for a Protective Order to be in place ,’ Biden’s attorney Dustin McDaniel states.

Hunter Biden is claiming that his financial resources are limited :

‘ In an effort to demonstrate to this court my good faith , I attest that I am unemployed and have had no monthly income since May 2019 ,’ Biden’s statement reads.

The former Ukraine energy executive goes on to admit he has incurred ‘ significant debts ‘, partially caused by his April 2017 divorce to Kathleen Biden , which are currently being calculated by his accountants and will be disclosed to the courts as soon as possible.

It turns out that hanging out at strip club can lead to embarrassing behavior with longer term consequences.  The younger Biden has been suspected of smoking crack in the VIP room of another strip club :

Hunter Biden was suspected of smoking crack inside a strip club where he dropped “ thousands of dollars ” during multiple visits — at the same time he held a seat on the board of a controversial Ukrainian natural gas company , The Post has learned.

The incident , which took place at Archibald’s Gentlemen’s Club in Washington , DC, late last year , represents the most recent alleged drug use by Biden , 49, who has acknowledged six stints in rehab for alcoholism and addiction that included a crack binge in 2016.

Workers at Archibald’s , located about three blocks north of the White House , said Biden was a regular there , with two bartenders and a security worker all instantly recognizing his photo and one worker identifying him by name.

Security worker Ranko Petrovic said Biden — the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic front-runner to challenge President Trump next year — would routinely hole up in a VIP room and drink during his visits.

Although Petrovic said the club “ had no issue with him ,” former Archibald’s managing partner James Ritter said one occasion in late 2018 was marred by a “ suspicion of drug use.”

“ There was a smell of burning Styrofoam in the VIP room. We told him nothing illegal can go on here ” Ritter said.

This was the year after he knocked up the stripper currently suing him for child support. It was also while he sat on the board of Burisma.

I expect the mainstream media to ignore Hunter’s effort to keep his financial data secret. He is an embarrassment to his father, and his argument supports the notion that feeding private financial information to the public is a bad idea because it can be used to harm an individual.

Source: Hunter Biden seeks to keep financial records secret in Arkansas child support court proceedings … From American Thinker …

MEN get over it ! …

In 2018 , the Calgary Flames hired old-school head coach Bill Peters , in part , to demand accountability from the team’s star players.

On Friday , the Flames announced Peters had resigned in the aftermath of allegations of racism and physical abuse.

His departure spells the dawning of a new era in hockey — one in which the coaches themselves are forced to be accountable.

Some are calling it hockey’s #metoo moment. Others see it as a reckoning — a call to collectively look in the mirror.

Regardless , the ” what happens in the dressing room , stays in the dressing room ” era is over.

And it’s about time.

As soon as I read ‘ #metoo ‘ and ” it’s about time “… I KNEW !!! …

But had to scroll back up to confirm … YES !!! I KNEW IT !!! … A broad writin’ this piece !!! …

Vicki Hall

Freelance writer

The hockey world will indeed move forward, but nothing will ever be the same — not after Akim Aliu tweeted about his experience playing for Peters in 2009-10 with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

The Nigerian-born Aliu wrote that Peters : ” Dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.”

Do you ever hear about a caucasian runnin’ for the tissue box ‘cuz some black asshole called him ‘ honkey ‘ ?!!! …

Where is the line?

Tough questions await :

Are bag skates — essentially wind sprints on ice — acceptable as punishment for poor play ?… Where is the line between firm , disciplined coaching and verbal abuse ?…

Is it fair to judge coaches through the lens of today’s societal standards for actions that potentially happened long ago ?…

What about the tactics of departed Toronto head coach Mike Babcock , who asked then-rookie Mitch Marner to rate his teammates’ work ethic, then shared the results with some of the veterans on the wrong side of the ratings ?… Is that bullying ?… Emotional abuse ?…

No dear , that just means Babs is a bit of a prick at times !!! … Don’t watch if ya can’t handle it !!! …

Source: Bill Peters’ departure …