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maness fbOn Friday, the day after Trump ordered the attack on the Syrian air field, I saw a post by Colonel Rob Maness criticizing Trump's decision.  Retired Col Maness has been a very staunch supporter of candidate, president-elect and president Trump.  He is a full colonel in the United States Air Force. 

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trump cpacDonald Trump, finally, did something really presidential, and he did it using war powers. It wasn’t tweeting that Bill O’Reilly did nothing wrong to justify the massive walkout of the TV commentator’s Fox sponsors. It wasn’t any other of the, by now, dozens of hair-brained tweeted assertions that reveal the nonsense that occupies Trump’s thinking, mostly at night. It wasn’t a batch of executive orders, or appointments, that aided the better off. This time it meant something to everyone in the world.

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putin 1With the successful missile strike against a Syrian air base last night, President Donald Trump has accomplished many important goals. He has sent a well-defined signal that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. In vigorously responding to atrocities committed by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, the President has distinguished himself from the weak policies pursued by the Obama administration. 

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assadVideos of dead little Syrian children being loaded into a van after a chemical attack by the forces of Bashar al-Assad killed them are heart-wrenching. It’s like seeing Sandy Hook all over, again. Since September 30, 2015, the Assad government has been supported in its war against rebels opposed to its repression by Russian military intervention. Syrian forces, historically, have shown little regard for their nation’s people, a sentiment shared by Russia, and attacks on its population have included the destruction of hospitals, schools, and food markets. Rescue and relief workers are high priority targets.

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red linePresident Donald Trump said today that Syria's gassing of innocent children and others has "crossed a lot of lines". Of which line or lines might he be referring? 

The Mason-Dixon Line? A line dance? What's my line? 

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vitter syria facebookLouisiana gubernatorial candidate, David Vitter, behind in the polls, is making the tragedy in Paris a last-minute political push.  In a letter he promoted on his campaign email yesterday and  by another campaign email today ( urging individuals to sign via Facebook pledge against Syrians entering the United States), the governor hopeful is clearly trying to maximize the terrorist attack in Paris and Syrian immigrants, to his political advantage.  

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Only the makers of tanks and weaponry really like war. Oh, and of course the madmen who start them. Either it’s all about the big-bucks or the up-chucks. As Kendrew Lascelles said in his 1970 poem “The Box,” war’s like a “bouncy bumpy ball made up of flags and guns and all the tears and horror and the death that goes with war.”

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putinHow is it possible that Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, has become the voice of peace and reason in the world?

 

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kerrySecretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to participate in a Google Hangout about the Syria crises.  Here are comments from the Google Hangout event:  (Watch hangout below).

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obama-boehner-reid-pelosi-2Polls consistently show that the vast majority of Americans oppose military intervention in Syria. In congressional offices, calls have been running 100 to 1 against involvement in Syria. Nevertheless, leaders of both political parties are supporting the President’s plan to launch a limited military strike in Syria.

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  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day

mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

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joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

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indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

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bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

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