General Discussion, Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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  1. Lucille says:


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  2. Lucille says:

    From Powerlineblog…THE LONG GOODBYE to Afghanistan…excellent commentary…

    Posted on March 2, 2020 By JOHN HINDERAKER

    We started this site in May 2002, in the shadow of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The war against Islamic terrorism was one of our key themes, and has remained so for nearly 18 years. But over that time, Islamic terrorism has declined. Other issues have come to the fore. We and many others have largely moved on.

    Still, it seems rather stunning that we have not yet commented on President Trump’s announcement of a “peace” deal with the Taliban. The agreement is intended to pave the way for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, after almost 18 years, which makes it America’s longest war. The Taliban no doubt will violate the deal. The question is whether the U.S. will nevertheless be able to prevent Afghanistan from being a launching pad for terrorist attacks as it was before 9/11, when it housed al Qaeda. Much has changed since 2001, and I am pretty optimistic that we will be able to do so.

    Posted on March 2, 2020 By STEVEN HAYWARD

    Two observations. First, both President Trump and President Obama wanted to end our involvement in Afghanistan, but Obama couldn’t, and Trump has found it hard going. Why is that? There are good reasons—Afghanistan will become a terrorist haven again after we depart—but also bad ones: our deep state is committed to “managing” problems like Afghanistan, rather than solving them. But maybe they can’t be solved?

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    • Gary says:

      This is a problem solved the old fashion way with might. If there is no fear of retaliation, they will strike again. You need to speak the same language your enemy does or else they simply won’t understand what you’re saying.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Too many people think Pres. Trump needs to speak more like a preacher. But, he understands other cultures more than most.


    • czarowniczy says:

      I’m immediately drawn back to Vietnam where we’d broker ceasefires for major US and Vietnamese holidays. The VC/NVA would use them as restocking and repositioning periods. We’d have them on the ropes and we’d stop for whatever holiday, giving them the opportunity to spin up and catch their breath. The Ho Chi Minh Trail would look like the LA freeways at 5 PM, the bad guys would move openly and freely through the countryside on parade.

      The Taliban are the same, they’ve taken the hit for nearly 20 years and aren’t about to give up and have conversation over coffee and donuts with their sworn middle-of-the-road enemies. Their particular form of extreme radical Islam survived 10 years of the Russians and almost 20 of the US – does anyone believe that when the US turns tail and slinks out with as little honor as we can that the Taliban won’t come back and kick the Afghani government’s butt? The Afghani army has had trouble holding the line even with US support and (see Vietnam again) once they don’t have us backing them they’re going to face an established and emboldened Taliban and many of us don’t think they’ll hold together. Once they displace the Afghani government they’ll have full access to all of the advanced (from their perspective) weaponry we’ve left there and the ability to use them for Allah knows what.

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  3. Gary says:

    Good morning good people of Stella’s Place.

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  4. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ everyone.

    I want to share something I heard a couple of days ago. I was talking with a friend I have known for 40 years. I have never known her to lie and she doesn’t tend to exaggerate. She told me that a few years ago she found a lump in her breast and went through all the tests which confirmed she had breast cancer. They scheduled the surgery about three weeks or a month out.

    That same day that she was diagnosed, her sister was walking to her car in a parking lot and a stranger walked up to her and told her she had had breast cancer and took mushroom capsules and it disappeared and she is cancer free. Her sister did not know this woman, who was a total stranger, and did not even make advances to speak to her. Anyway, she told my friend who found the mushroom capsules in a health food store and started taking them.

    When she went back to her doctor for a final check before the surgery, the doctor could find no evidence of the lump or cancer. The doctor could not explain what happened. She tried to tell the doctor about the mushrooms, but the doctor said that couldn’t have had anything to do with it. Just sayin’, 🙄

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    • stella says:

      My aunt supposedly had a spontaneous cure of lung cancer, but I’ve always wondered about it. Maybe your friend’s original diagnosis was incorrect.

      A cousin of mine had her biopsy mixed up with another woman’s biopsy at the hospital, so she was incorrectly diagnosed with a less serious cancer than she actually had, and the other woman had an immediate mastectomy which she probably didn’t need. I guess what I’m saying is that these things do happen. I suppose it could have been the mushrooms (or a miracle), but a more common explanation is more likely.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Sometimes you are just given a break. My primary care physician missed my kidney problems but the doc a nurse recommended for my diabetes caught it immediately. She sent me to a nephrologist she highly recommended who put me on a standard regimen to try and control any further decline. It was nothing really special, just a regular diuretic and a ACE inhibitor, but here we are a couple of years later and on my last visit my nephrologist is telling me my kidneys have recovered,my tests are all well into the normal range. Sometimes you just get a blessing.

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    • lovely says:

      Good evening Aus 🙂 !


  5. Lucille says:

    I hope Blago is not just hoping to spill the beans, but already has to trusted folk in the Trump Administration or to Devin Nunes or another trusted official…

    Former Gov. Blagojevich Underestimated the Deep State and Ended Up with a 14 Year Sentence – Now He Wants to Get the Truth Out About the Deep State Actors Who Targeted Him
    by Joe Hoft – March 3, 2020

    Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is now free. It’s time for him to drop the goods on former Illinois Senator – President Barack Obama and the Deep State gang of dirty cops led by partners in crime, Mueller and Comey.

    As previously reported, former FBI Directors Mueller and Comey were not only involved in the fraudulent Trump – Russia sham and protecting Hillary Clinton before the 2016 election, but they also were involved in protecting incoming President Barack Obama in the 2008 election and they were involved in the Valerie Plame scandal known as Plamegate

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    We’re right back to Democrats again. New Orleans is a solidly Democratic city and has been for a long time and has been infamous for its political corruption and general governmental inefficiency for at least that long. Our new Democratic mayor is a first, she’s from outside of the state, never mind the city. One should expect at least some change but no, it seems the mess is politically genetic.

    The city’s awash in car break-ins, they’re #1 in panic reporting over the coronavirus in many cases. We had 41 broken into in the Notre Dame seminary just days ago, thieves got away with a haul of sacramental kits the seminarians kept in their cars as well as a haul of holy water and oil. It’s been in the news now for months and they’re still increasing. Cops arrested one of the seminary break-in artists – accidentally on another charge – and many of the few others caught are jhuvies so until the city comes up with more diversion programs to occupy their little lives they’re being wrist slapped. One little guy was a suspect in over 48 car burglaries, go figure.

    What most of us who’d worked for the city knew through experience that the city was going to take the fall for the Hard Rock collapse, it had all of the fingerprints. Shortly after the collapse videos taken by workers at the hotel surfaced, they showed supports that held up the steel floorpans buckling trying to support the loads, the still-wet poured concrete floors were tilting yet even after complaints the city did bupkis. Had the inspectors actually inspected the site before or during the pours they’d have seen the pans were different from those the city had approved in the initial plans and were nowhere near adequate for the job. Had the inspectors charged to do the jobs have done the jobs there might have been corrections but they just signed off on the inspections, their GPS logs showed they were nowhere near the sites they said they were when they signed off on the jobs as meeting specs. The inspectors have since retained lawyers and retired, presumably retiring so they can keep their retirements if they are convicted of a crime.

    The question the media’s avoiding asking is: ” Why did the city install GPS tracking devices on their inspectors’ cars if they didn’t suspect the inspectors were goofing off and why, if they suspected, didn’t they monitor the devices’ data?”. The city even hid the fact the devices were on the cars until someone leaked the info to an investigative reporter and he pulled it on a FOIA request. I don’t believe for one minute that the department didn’t pull that data, see it and have an ‘OH SH*T!!!” moment, and then bury it in a drawer. Instead of getting out ahead of the problem they exposed themselves to even more tort damage suits.

    So how does the city handle this? They had a higher level city bureaucrat get on TV and give one of THE most bureaucratic-buzzword-filled say a lot but say nothing speeches I’ve ever heard. It was one of the best examples of bureaucratic smoke blowing I’ve ever heard, it will be shown in graduate-level bureaucrat classes for years to come. He ended it with the usual bureaucratic stroke too, they’re going to REORGANIZE AND RENAME the department! The individual who was over the department will not be fired but will be moved to a new position as it was felt he didn’t have that much to do with the disaster.

    Laissez les proces rouler!

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    • Lucille says:

      About inspectors…perhaps it’s a widespread situation. The 265 apartment complex where I lived in Vancouver, WA was undergoing plumbing repairs throughout.

      Before the workers closed up the walls and ceiling, the inspector came into my apartment with one of the management staff. He looked over the kitchen and the dining room ceiling for the plumbing connected to the apartment above, nodded his head. The two then started to leave. I piped up and asked if the two bathrooms which had open walls and ceilings shouldn’t be inspected, too.

      The inspector trudged around to both, again nodded his head and then the two men left. No writing anything down on a chart or even acting like he was the least bit interested in the jobs done. Who knows if the jobs were done correctly!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        As I said, we’d worked for the city and knew what was going on. It’s epidemic, some years back we had a huge wild banana grove along our fence that bordered the canal that drained our neighborhood. It shielded the wide canal bank from the road and Sewerage and Water Board trucks would park behind it for hours, listening to the radio, drinking and eating. We finally just cut them down and poisoned the roots, the S&WB had to find some other place to hide – and undoubtedly did – but at least it wasn’t in our back yard.

        The news found entire automobiles and miles-long piles of trash, much of it going back to Katrina, in the underground drainage systems downtown. S&WB had inspected them, they said, and they were clean. Story later changed to some song and dance revolving around a bunch of BS designed to throw the interested off track until something else came along – they’re lighting candles to the coronavirus.

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  7. Lucille says:

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  8. Lucille says:

    A Sickening Press Tries To Blame Trump for Coronavirius
    By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun | March 3, 2020

    The attempt to hang coronavirus around the neck of the President is a movement that has gone from a standing start to neck-snapping speed, as opportunities to discredit Donald Trump in the American press generally do.
    President Trump was criticized for acting early in restricting access from potentially vulnerable countries, and after for having short-changing the relevant government agencies, even though that didn’t happen. Even the brickbat-wielding Washington Post has had to make the point that, in fact, Mr. Trump increased the allocations to public health and disease control authorities.

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  9. Lucille says:


    Surgeon General: Be Cautious, But Not Afraid of Coronavirus (Note: this is from CNN)

    “Since being named to the coronavirus task force, I’ve quickly made a few observations. It is clear we must continue to help Americans understand how to protect themselves, but also that we mustn’t recreate the wheel. To address the disease outbreak, we can rely on tried-and-true planning and preparation that was begun long ago,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams writes for CNN.

    “We’ve been through this before and no place in the world is better prepared to handle this challenge. Let’s turn fear into actions that will help us all stay safe.”

    A public health issue like the Coronavirus should unite political leaders and the media behind helping Americans stay safe and informed. Unfortunately, “many members of our corporate press only see the public health crisis as another opportunity to attack the president.” Madeline Osburn sets the record straight in The Federalist.

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  10. lovely says:

    I may have a new favorite picture of President Donald J. Trump.

    Imagine being on the receiving end of the look!

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  11. stella says:

    For the DIYers among us. How to make your own hand sanitizer.

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  12. auscitizenmom says:

    My friend and I went to see The Invisible Man today. I will tell you what I thought of it. You will have to make up your own mind.

    I had visions of the old 30’s Invisible Man movies. This, of course, was a modern version. The music was so unbelievably loud even when someone was just walking across the floor or something. Noises were way over the top. A spoon dropping on the table sounded like a cannonball hitting a concrete wall. It really didn’t fit to my way of thinking. The way the movie was shot was pretty dismal and scenes made me think of a low budget movie. IMO the acting was pretty standard Hollywood fare.

    I also thought it took too long to get to some point where I cared what happened to the people in the story. Then, when they did build up to the suspense, they spent too much time with people being shot, hit, and thrown around, blood spewing, etc. I wasn’t unhappy with the outcome at the end, but was unhappy with the last scene in the way they shot it. Overall, I think I would have been happier to not have seen it. :\

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