Friday, April 7, 2017

What is Pres. Trump's Strategy on Syria?

The chemical weapon attack by the Syrian government targeted Syrians, not US interests. On the other hand, there is much to be said in favor of the idea that using WMDs should not be tolerated. Whatever position one might take, the more important issue is the overall strategy. Those against Pres. Trump's decision to strike Syria may have a consistent position based on a narrow definition of US interests. Those in favor must articulate what the endgame should be. Leaving the Assad regime in place creates the possibility that if he wins the civil war, he will remain a steadfast ally of Iran and Russia and a bitter foe to US interests in the region. On the other hand, even if regime change is on the table, the question remains: Who can replace Assad? If Pres. Trump has a comprehensive Syria strategy, it must be the best kept secret in the administration since no one knows about it, probably not even the president himself.

As the Syrian gas attack did not strike US targets nor is there any reason to believe that such an attack was imminent, Pres. Trump should have requested a Congressional authorization to use military force. The request alone could have been enough to deter Assad from any future chemical attacks. Obtaining such an authorization can be a perpetual deterrent and also open up more strategic options for the US.

EPA Deserves All the Insult It is Getting

I am delighted to note that not only did Pres. Trump continue his pro-economic growth strategy by further cutting back on bureaucratic regulations, he did it at the EPA. He also opened up the Gulf of Mexico for oil drilling. No wonder traditional energy is enjoying a comeback, as the French energy company Total will invest $1.7 billion in a petrochemical plant in Texas, hiring by coal companies is up, and Exxon will spend $20 billion to upgrade its facilities in Louisiana.

Europe Continues Its Inexorable Transformation into Eurabia

[N]ew Pew Research study showing that deaths among Christians outnumbered births in Europe by almost six million between 2010 and 2015. “In Germany alone, there were an estimated 1.4 million more Christian deaths than births from 2010 to 2015,” the Pew report states.
While Christianity dies out in Europe, Islam is rapidly expanding. During that same time period, births among Muslims in Europe outnumbered deaths by more than two million.

Pres. Trump Starts to Defund the UN

I am pleased to note that the president terminated funding for the UN Population Fund.

North Carolina Church Stands for Morality

I am pleased to note that a church in Mooresville, North Carolina barred the local boy scouts from using its property due to their acceptance of "transgendered" people.

The MQ-25A Tanker Drone

An aerial, refueling drone for the US Navy.

Vitamin C Treatment for Cancer

It worked by weakening the cancerous cells, leaving them vulnerable to the effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

New Desalination Method

A group of scientists in the U.K. created a membrane 'sieve' capable of removing salt from seawater to make it drinkable by using graphene, a wafer-thin sheet of carbon atoms.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Trump Administration's Enforcement of Immigration Laws

The political leaders responsible for turning their cities sanctuaries for illegal immigrants should be arrested for criminal conspiracy, reckless endangerment, among other charges. Meanwhile, a border wall is a proven strategy as a fence built at Yuma, Arizona cut illegal crossings by 94%. The Trump Administration's tough enforcement of immigration laws has already cut illegal crossing by 2/3. Meanwhile, the GOP is planning to fund the border wall by levying a tax on the remittances that immigrants send back to the countries they came from. Finally, in Germany, a Somali raped 2 elderly disabled men and murdered one of their wives.

Syrian Government Gassed Dozens

The Syrian government used chemical weapons to kill at least 70 people in the northwestern part of the country.

Senate Supports Montenegro's Membership in NATO

The Senate voted 97-2 in favor of the state joining NATO. It is certainly true that Montenegro brings nothing to the table. But in light of the resurgent Russian threat, such measures to check Russian ambitions are necessary. NATO can be sorted out after the Russian threat recedes.

US Needs to Take Military Action Against Iran

Dreams about some mythical moderate Iranian element in the regime or peaceful means to facilitate regime change have repeatedly proven to be wrong over the past 38 years. The only option that can work is military action.

Time for GOP to Nuke the Democrats

I am pleased to note that Senate GOP appears ready to nuke the Democrats to the next incarnation. In related news, Justice Gorsuch is expect to have a strong effect on his colleagues.

Time to Return to Mass Executions

Arkansas is planning to conduct 8 executions in 10 days.

Eliminating Restrictions on 2nd Amendment Rights

The Iowa state senate voted 33-17 to endorse a "stand your ground" provision and to "allow children below the age of 14 to handle pistols or revolvers under the supervision of an adult parent, guardian or instructor, preempt local ordinances restricting gun rights, create a uniform permit to carry weapons and provide for five-year permits to acquire handguns rather than single-year permits." Gov. Gary Herbert (R. Utah) signed legislation to "lower[] the age for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit from 21 to 18."

US Navy Testing Electromagnetic Railgun

The ammunition can be fired at 4,500 mph.

Having Children can Prolong One's Life Span

[A]t the age of 60, the remaining life expectancy of men without children could be projected as a further 18.4 years, while those who had kids could expect 20.2 years more.
Women of the same age who did not have children could expect 23.1 more years, while those who did were likely to live another 24.6 years on average.

CTF Pink

The world's most expensive diamond, with a price of $71.2 million.