Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Words and Meanings - Korean Style

Once again I exam the differences in words and meanings - this time with respect to Korea and nuclear weapons.

US policy and President Trump demand that Korea give up its nuclear weapons .

Kim Jung Un is reported to say he’s in favor of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula .

According to Trump that was a big win for his aggressive, indeed bellicose , policies and rhetoric regarding North Korea. He touted that, at long last , North Korea was considering giving up its nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth.

What Kim means by denuclearization is not the removal of nuclear weapons from the entire Korean Peninsula, but also the withdrawal of US troops from South Korea and the end of the US South Korean alliance and protection of South Korea. His use of " denuclearization" is nothing new. His father and grandfather has called for that for decades.

Given that American support includes potential use our nuclear weapons in Korea ( our nuclear umbrella), that’s his definition of denuclearization.

Wow, talk about a big difference in words and meanings. Of course Trump doesn't care, and may not even know this, and his supporters think he's accomplishing great things. 


It will be interesting to see what,if anything,happens.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Korean War Peace Treaty- "Only Nixon Could Go To China"

 North Korea has played Trump beautifully, and could possibly end up with its ultimate goal of preserving  its regime and recognition of its legitimacy internationally, in exchange for freezing or even eliminating its nuclear weapons capacity through a peace treaty ending the Korean War.

 Remember, conveniently, we are still at war since hostilities have only ceased under an armistice. 

 Such a peace treaty is best choice for North Korea.  It doesn’t really care about attacking the US or even South Korea. What it really wants is its own security. What else would it want to do with its nuclear weapons ? North Korea doesn't want to conquer or attack the US or even South Korea.

 The “easy” way to do it is to end the Korean War with a formal internationally recognized peace treaty between US and South Korea and North Korea.

 No Democrat could ever even propose such a peace treaty. The Republicans and Conservatives would “crucify” a Democratic President as surrendering to evil North Korea.
 
 But,  just as “only Nixon could go to China”, so to  only Trump could agree to such a peace treaty with North Korea .

 He’d tout it as a win by eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat ( true enough, perhaps)  but in reality it would be the successful conclusion of North Korea’s existential goals; at a very acceptable cost.

 No regime change and international recognition of its legitimacy. This has been North Korea’s one and only goal.

 No Democrat could give it to them, but Trump could.

 Trump gets a win, the world breathes a sigh of relief , but North Korea is the real big winner.

 Mission Accomplished, Kim Jung-Un.

Observations

1. Why aren’t there any conservative, right wing or pro- Trump comedy or late night TV shows?

 No sense of humor?

2. Where are the great protest songs?

 I haven’t heard any during this Trump era.

3. After Supreme Court’s Second Amendment decision, I thought gun owners could relax and allow sensible reasonable gun reforms. Their guns were safe.

  The opposite happened. Why?

4. Don’t Republicans care about deficits and the national debt anymore?

Watch out for the Bond Vigilantes.

5. Contrary to what Trump and Fox News says , almost every country in the world , except those ruled by authoritarians, dictators, kings and thugs, and sadly Israel,
have lost respect for America and hate Trump.


How is it the Trumpkins believe the opposite is true?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Guns, Patriotism and America

Reasonable , sensible restrictions on guns, and gun safety laws, are constitutionally permissible, even according to the late Justice Scalia.

Why then does the NRA , and their core supporters, so adamantly oppose virtually any such restrictions or reforms?

 Perhaps if the broader public understood the real reason behind the NRA’s opposition to any kind of reform or restrictions , Congress would take action.

 The real reason is they hate America and don’t trust our government.

They are actually unpatriotic. Ironically, they say they love America,  and that it’s the government they hate and don’t trust. However what is America if not our government based on our Constitution? Deep down they are in reality anti- American , at least the America most of us love and respect. The issues of personal protection from criminals , hunting and recreational gun use are not the real reasons they are against gun reforms.

They believe they need protection from government tyranny.  They are willing to let the slaughter of children in schools, and gangs and innocent bystanders in our cities, go on unabated all because of their paranoid obsession against our government.

Don't they realize their guns would not protect them from real government tyranny. No matter what kind of arsenal they might have, they'd be no match against  trained troops with tanks, artillery, combat weapons, mechanized armored personnel carriers, etc. ; let alone F-16s and  Hell Fire cruise  missiles and drones !! 

 If the general public understood what really motivates the NRA and their supporters maybe they would see the NRA as the unpatriotic UnAmerican organization that it is .  Only then would the NRA be discredited as unpatriotic , it’s grip on Congress released, and real reasonable gun safety reform  be enacted.



Friday, February 2, 2018

The GOP FBI Memo?

What’s the big deal?

Just because The Memo says something doesn’t mean it’s true. Especially since it was written by a highly partisan Republican.

Confirmation bias on steroids.  

Monday, January 8, 2018

FBI bias charges misplaced

I seemed  to recall that the whole Comey reopening the the Clinton email investigation just before the election  arose from actions of some over zealous FBI agents in the New York office who intensely disliked Mrs. Clinton. I'm confident emails can be found.

So when the GOP starts slinging charges of FBI bias against Trump, they should investigate the New York office of the FBI as well.

In addition, the allegations of liberal  bias within the FBI should be questioned in light of the following observations of a high ranking law enforcement professional who observed that in his opinion, "federal law enforcement officers in general tend to be on the more conservative side of things. There is a  higher than average percentage  of former military personnel and they generally have  a "law and order" flavored view of the world".

It's really crazy to think that the FBI was biased in favor of Secretary Clinton. However stating that Donald Trump was an idiot , or as his Secretary of State said,  "a moron", is just fact.

The New War Between the States



The Reds States have declared war on the Blue States through the Trump Tax Bill. Limitations on the tax deductions for state and local taxes hits the Blue States hard. 

This is particularly galling  because the Blue States contribute much more to the country¹s  economy than the Red States . In particular, this tax bill punishes the very Blue States that contribute
the most to the strength of our economy- California , New York, Illinois .

With Trump as President, the Red States are able to accomplish this punishment through gerrymandered House districts and the basic undemocratic nature of the Senate. 

 The  Senate is incredibly undemocratic. Wyoming has the same
number of Senators as California and New York. To put a point on it, Wyoming only has 1 house representative because its population is so small; yet it has 2 Senators. 

While this is our system, the Republicans are abusing this unfair advantage in punishing Blue
States in the GOP's Tax Bill.


Watch out, the "worm will turn" and the Blue States will get its revenge.