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At the eulogy for his brother Senator Edward Kennedy spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as a man who saw war and tried to stop it. That's what has to happen first. For if you see it, you want to stop it.
Many have seen by now this image of a little boy rescued from his bombed home in Aleppo, Syria. There is a video of him being found and put in the ambulance.
This war is going on in Syria. It's a civil war as Syrians try to free themselves from the regime of Assad. It's been going on for years, probably since before Omran was born.
I can only hope it ends soon. And Assad no longer has any power over anyone in Syria, or anywhere else.
Oman's older brother was pulled from the ruins of their home. But, he died later in the hospital of his injuries.
Putin is trying to keep Assad in power and has his Russian air force bombing Aleppo. It's quite possible Putin was behind the bombing of Omran's family's home.
Posted by Joseph Backes at 9:22 PM
Sunday, August 21, 2016
CLEAR LAKE |
Fifty-three years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Americans still are asking questions about the president’s death and the findings of the Warren Commission.
North Iowans will have the opportunity to hear firsthand how some of those questions, dilemmas and findings were addressed and how the findings from 1963 stand the test of time today.
Federal Judge John R. Tunheim, chairman of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board, will give a special program at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Best Western Holiday Lodge, sponsored by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Tunheim, chairman of the review board from 1994-98, will discuss the assassination and the many evidentiary issues concerning the assassination that are still talked about today.
These include the Warren Commission, the “magic bullet” theory, Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. The discussion will also address questions concerning organized crime and involvement of foreign governments.
Tim Coffey, chief executive officer of the Chamber, said millions of Americans will never forget the assassination and its aftermath.
"To learn more about what really happened in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, is incredibly important in the history of our country,” he said.
Tunheim will describe the many legal and procedural obstacles faced by the board in its efforts to open documents from government agencies.
Posted by Joseph Backes at 7:52 PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Melania Trump’s Website, Biography Have Disappeared From The Internet
The professional website of Melania Trump, wife of the Republican presidential nominee, has apparently been deleted from the internet as of Wednesday afternoon.
The disappearance of Trump’s elaborate website comes just days after news outlets, including The Huffington Post, raised serious questions about whether she actually earned an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Ljubljana, which is in Trump’s native Slovenia. Her online biography claimed she had, but a book about her life published earlier this year says she left the university after one year so she could pursue a modeling career.
Here is a look at how the biography section on Trump’s website appeared last week:
Embellishing Trump’s educational achievements in her online biography “was almost certainly done in consultation with Trump and his advisors, as they were desperate to give off the impression that the Slovenian model was not just beautiful, but also smart and well-educated,” according to Melania Trump: The Inside Story, an unauthorized biography of the potential first lady.
Questions about Trump’s educational background gained a new sense of urgency last week, after she delivered a keynote at the Republican National Convention that had been plagiarized from a speech current first lady Michelle Obama gave at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
When pressed about the subject last week, a campaign spokeswoman declined to confirm or deny whether Trump had earned the degree. The refusal to answer questions about Trump’s education quickly sparked speculation about whether other parts of her biography were untrue.
A campaign spokeswoman did not immediately reply to HuffPost’s questions on Wednesday about the deleted website and online biography.
Digitally speaking, all we have to go on is that an internet archive of Trump’s homepage shows that it has been scrubbed of content, dating back at least a year, in the last week. According to that archive on Wednesday afternoon, this was all that remained of www.melaniatrump.com:
Despite the apparent attempts to scrub Trump’s biography, there are older versions of her website available in online archives, which contain the claim that she earned a degree in design and architecture. Below is one of them, from 2012:
MelaniaTrump.com now redirects to a home page for husband Donald Trump’s golf resorts and rental properties.
The “biography” portion of that site does not mention his wife. Archived pages of this professional site indicate that this is not new, and that the businessman’s online biography hasn’t referenced his wife for at least five years.
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign biography references his wife one time, and does not provide any details about her life or her qualifications to be first lady. The site simply says that the GOP nominee “is married to Melania Trump and father to Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron.”
Posted by Joseph Backes at 8:14 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Okay some 20,000 emails were released some time ago, a few months back.
Debbie Wassermann Schultz was shown in a bad light, that as the DNC chair she used everything she had control over as the DNC chair to help Hillary Clinton and block Bernie Sanders, something the Sanders campaign has complained about for a long time.
Yesterday a lot more of it came up. So, step one, she’s not going to speak at the convention. That wasn’t good enough. Step number two, was the apology. Still not good enough. And then she resigns as DNC chair.
So, Donna Brazile is promoted to DNC. She was the campaign manager for Al Gore. She didn’t do a great job there. She’s been a commentator on CNN.
Notice the way a problem was handled between the Democrats vs. the Republicans? There was no denial, no push back, just a problem, we got to deal with it, and bam, she’s out. They should have dealt with it sooner. They had to fire her. Der Donald invents people to fall on the sword. The female staffer he said was responsible for how Michelle Obama’s speech wound up in Malania’s speech, that staffer doesn’t exist.
Bernie took the high rode about the whole thing.
When the emails were released Bernie had already lost. Nothing was ever done at DNC. The RNC chair, however, did the same thing to Trump. The only difference is Trump got the RNC nomination despite this. Debbie Wassermann Schultz was Hillary’s campaign manager in 2008. The Bernie-ites never understood the problem. They were surprised over and over again as to what the voting procedures were in state after state. Independents thought they could vote in a Democratic primary in New York and were surprised they could not. I don’t think this was uniquely true for New York’s primary. Bernie could give great speeches but he had no experienced political infrastructure helping him.
Now, the question is, is there a connection between Trump and the Russians? This would be Watergate to the 10th power. Many believe there is. It is being investigated by the DOJ and FBI. Journalists in Eastern Europe and Russia are actively investigating this. This is what Putin did in the Baltics. It has all the hallmarks of what Putin has done previously. Trump likes a bully, and Putin is a bully. If they find a quid quo pro, Trump should be made to do a
perp walk right into the police paddy wagon.
Paul J. Manafort
Paul J. Manafort, Trump’s new campaign manager, his last big job was working in the Ukraine where an evil dictator, Yanukovych had been ousted by a democracy was trying to make a come back.
Manafort got the dictator his job back. Then the people had a coup to oust him again. You might recall this competition in the Ukraine for power. Pro-Western opposition leader Viktor Yuschenko was poisoned by dioxin during the campaign which aside from nearly killing him severely damaged his skin which was most notably on his face. His face still bears damage from this, let’s call it what it was, an assassination attempt.
Recently, George Will has opined that the reason we're not seeing Trump's tax returns is because it would reveal a connection to Russian oligarchs.
Now the Right-wingers will not allow a discussion of how these emails came to light. That issue is verboten! They insist you stay focused on their talking point, which is the content of the emails. Never you mind how they were made public.
The claim that Russia hacked Hillary's email was reported upon by the BBC at least as far back as Oct of 2015. So, no, it's not a new defense created within the last few days to draw attention away from the email content.
The point has to be made, again and again, that although there are stupid suggestion for actions to take against Sanders there is no proof any such thing was actually done, for example the suggestion to attack Sanders based on his religion never happened.
Posted by Joseph Backes at 4:12 PM