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The strong man cracked

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It is difficult for this writer to admit, but he voted for Donald Trump for President. Not because he thought Mr. Trump the best man (that role was reserved for Ted Cruz), but because he could not stand the idea of listening to Hillary Clinton screeching into every available microphone every damn day. It was a selfish and foolish vote and it has turned your faithful correspondent completely against politics.

Donald Trump was elected partially on the idea that he was a strong man. A man who takes a position and doesn’t back down. The Left would have had the voter believe that he was a modern Mussolini with odd colored hair and his supporters portrayed him as a modern Theodore Roosevelt or Andrew Jackson who had never been to war, been to a hunt, or had hardly gotten out of the New York/Florida circuit.

There was a brief moment when it looked as if Mr. Trump may have been a man of principle, and that moment was when he talked to the president of the Republic of China, aka Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen before he talked to the leader of the Peoples Republic of China, President Xi. Of course Chinese Communists threw a fit over the matter stating that President Trump was violating the One China Policy that was established by Richard Nixon and insisting that the One China Policy was United States law when, in fact, it is a casual policy established by Nixon and maintained by later presidents. It is a presidential policy and not a law.

And for that brief moment it looked like President Trump was a strong man. He looked as if he was willing to stand up to the greatest threat in the Pacific and establish a close and favorable relationship with Taiwan and put an end to the nonsensical One China Policy. It looked that President Trump would stand up to the encroachments and bullying of Communist China, and it was a beautiful thing to watch the pronouncements from Peking (Beijing, Peiping) as the sputtered in helpless rage and frustration at the fact that they had been ignored in favor of a nation (as corrupt as it may be) with a democratically elected government that is actually pretty entertaining with fist-fights on the floor of the parliament a not unusual occurrence.

But that moment was deigned not to last very long and The President and his spokespeople soon got with the normal program and announced that the One China Policy was still in effect. Probably due to the occupiers of the China desk in the State Department (a questionable bunch, to say the least; almost all influenced by Edgar Snow), President Trump cracked. The strong man, the man with strong opinions and answers, started to crumble and show himself that he is the very type of politician that many of the people who voted for him is the very person they would have voted against if he had shown the weakness that he has shown regarding Taiwan.

Taiwan was the first crack in the armor for the President’s strong man image. Others have followed on a regular basis. Soon the man will show himself as a man of no principle because he talent is “making a deal.”

It should be interesting to see what happens when Mr. Trump meets President Xi. Don’t be surprised if it results in a singing of The East Is Red.

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Amy Schumer is important in her own mind

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Amy Schumer is important in her own mind

It’s bad when entertainers-turned-political-activists like Colin Kaepernick feel that their opinions are superior to the opinions of others because they have celebrity status based on something other than their governmental acumen. It’s worse when entertainers-turned-political-activists like Amy Schumer support other activists by propagandizing their fans through social media.

That’s what Amy Schumer just did. She also attempted to shame all Caucasian football players for not supporting their brother by kneeling.

Her latest display of activism came in the form of an Instagram post declaring to the world she will not be doing a Super Bowl ad this year. Mainstream media, on cue, took to the airwaves with this “blockbuster” story while social media echoed her sentiment like sheep.

The biggest parallel between Amy Schumer and Colin Kaepernick is that neither had the chops in their former professions to make it big, so they turned to activism to inflate their egos and justify their celebrity status.

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Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like @badgalriri Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts?

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Boko Haram continues its reign of terror

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Boko Haram continues its reign of terror

American media often neglects to report on Boko Haram, the Islamic State of west Africa. After a “resolution” was achieved following the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping incident of 2014, the group has gone widely unreported by western media.

These men are butchers, arguably more dangerous than any other Islamic State operations and completely out of control as they roam Africa in search of innocent targets. The latest were a dozen farmers who were hacked to pieces by Boko Haram with their machetes.

Dozens Of Farmers Feared Killed In Borno By Boko Haram Insurgents

https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/271792/dozens-of-farmers-feared-killed-in-borno-by-boko-haram-insur.htmlA Civilian JTF Leader, Baba Kura Konomi on Saturday in Maiduguri disclosed to newsmen that the farmers were killed, without firing any shot from the guns mounted on the two trucks.

He said: “The insurgents used machetes instead of guns to kill the farmers who were working on their farmlands, located about 185-kilometres along Maiduguri-Damboa road.”

It isn’t just western media that’s ignoring them. Even local media often refrains from publishing stories about them while the government turns a blind eye, usually waiting until the stories are reported by outside agencies before acknowledging the events even happened.

At any random moment, residents anywhere in west Africa realize they may become targets.

Western news agencies do not cover Boko Haram because western media consumers do not seem to care about them. This attitude is not only dangerous for the victims. It empowers these terrorists to achieve their ultimate goal of spreading terror everywhere.

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Jordan to play hardball over lease of 1000 acres to Israel

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Jordan to play hardball over lease of 1000 acres to Israel

Jordan’s King Abdullah has indicated he will not renew a lease that has held for a quarter century with Israel that allowed Israeli farmers to cultivate around 1000 acres of land. The lease of these two areas was part of the 1994 peace treaty between the two Middle Eastern nations.

Jordan seeks to end Israel land lease – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45933805Earlier King Abdullah of Jordan issued a statement saying it wanted to end the lease, which has seen the two areas, covering a total of about 405 hectares (1,000 acres), cultivated by Israeli farmers.

The areas had always been a “top priority” for Jordan and the decision was based on “our keenness to take whatever is necessary for Jordan and Jordanians”, the statement said.

Not renewing the lease in this long-standing deal would not jeopardize peace directly, but it could be the first warning shot of a shift in policy from the Jordanians. They cite lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement as a deciding factor, but it really comes down to pressure from inside the government as well as citizens on social media that likely prompted the unexpected move by King Abdullah.

My Take

We have seen and will continue to see a shift away from support of anything that has to do with Israel. Between the United Nations and the Muslim world, the walls will be pressed to close around Israel in an effort to pressure them towards a two-state solution.

We will know for sure where King Adbullah stands in the next year as the lease is negotiated before officially ending. If no agreement is reached, then we can assume Jordan is heading towards a more adversarial stance with their neighbors to the west.

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