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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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  • Despite 5th plea, Schiff says House Intelligence Committee pursues Flynn's documents
  • Facebook Live: Discuss harm of Trump budget proposal on Louisiana coastal economy, restoration
  • Governor Edwards welcomes Pence with Medicaid, budget, Louisiana coast wishlist
  • World Premiere tonight in N.O. Bilderberg, the Movie

flynn2Despite General Michael Flynn’s announcement via his counsel that the General and former head of National Security, would take the 5th Amendment in Congressional proceedings, the Intelligence Committee will pursue information, regardless.

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560 usgs land loss map 2The efforts to rebuild the Louisiana coast has suffered a major and immediate setback, assuming that Congress goes along with the most recent budget proposal from President Trump.

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penceToday, Governor John Bel Edwards welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Louisiana as he Veep is attending a event with top Louisianqa Republican officials. Along with the welcome, however, is a wishlist of requests including an item of recent vinctage involving the current Trump budget which tears a hole into the funding for the Louisiana coastal restoration. 

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bilderbergIt is always an honor when a movie premiere is held in New Orleans and tonight is no exception. At 7:30 p.m. Bilderberg, the Movie will premiere at the historic Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania Street.

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Sen. Appel talks budget, economy

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