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"When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all Power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President Source: (1821) in a letter to Gideon Granger.

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April 29, 2017

Apr 29 08:35

San Antonio's Mayor Blamed Poverty on 'People Not Being in a Relationship With Their Creator'

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor is under fire for saying that "broken people" who aren't in touch with religion are at the root of poverty in her city.
Taylor made the remarks at an April 3 forum where she and another mayoral candidate fielded questions including one from the director of San Antonio’s Christian Resource Center, who asked what they saw as "the deepest, systemic causes of generational poverty in San Antonio," the San

Apr 29 08:33

Babies starve as war grinds on in Mosul

This is on the heads of the American people who pay for the fighters and weapons on both sides with their taxes!

By Isabel Coles | QAYYARA, Iraq

The babies cry with hunger but are so severely malnourished that doctors treating them at a hospital in Iraq would make their condition worse if they fed them enough to stop the pangs.

Many of the starving infants are from Mosul, where war between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces is taking a heavy toll on several hundred thousand civilians trapped inside the city.

A new, specialist ward was opened recently to deal with the growing number of children from Mosul showing signs of malnutrition as the conflict grinds on -– most of them less than six-months-old.

Apr 29 08:31

Donald Trump says he's avoided New York City because it's expensive for US

President Donald Trump says he hasn't returned to his New York City home because "going back is very expensive for the country."
Trump tells Fox News in an interview Friday that he feels "guilty" when he returns to Trump Tower because authorities close surrounding streets and "I hate to see the New Yorkers with streets closed."

Apr 29 08:31

US Deploys Troops in NE Syria as ‘Buffer’ Between Kurds, Turkey

The US has deployed a number of special forces troops and armored vehicles along the border between Kurdish-held northeast Syria and Turkey, with most of the troops sent to the area around Darbasiya, which was the site of heavy Turkish attacks earlier this week.

Officially, US commanders say the troops are there “monitoring the situation,” though Syrian Kurds say that in practice the US deployment is an attempt to establish a “buffer” to try to limit fighting between the two sides,, which has been raging since Turkey’s airstrikes were carried out.

From Turkey’s perspective, there are two trains of thought on their recent push to attack the Kurdish YPG, who they consider “terrorists.” On the one hand, there seems to be some hope that if they can displace the Kurds enough during the buildup to the invasion of the ISIS capital of Raqqa, the US might agree to change it to a joint US-Turkey operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think we will continue to see more US troops in Syria, as regime change is definitely back on the table here, in the thinking of the American deep state.

But what happens when US troops run into direct confrontation with the Russian ground troops, which are being deployed there very soon?!?

Russian Ground troops mobilising for deployment in Syria,
25 April, 2017

War with Russia over Syria?!?

This would be completely insane.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 29 08:30

SATURDAY ALTERNATIVE CARTOONS: APRIL 29, 2017

Apr 29 08:30

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet captures the rising moon in all its stunning glory from the ISS! - See pic

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet totally needs to take up photography as a side business. The photographs adorning his Twitter feed are all no less than stunning and we can't wait for more!

Apr 29 08:30

Trump's FCC Poised To Axe Net Neutrality

Apr 29 08:29

How Bio-Weapons Led To Torture ... And North Korean Nukes

In Why North Korea Needs Nukes - And How To End That we pointed to the utter destruction the U.S. and its allies waged in the war on Korea on all parts of the country. That North Korea seeks "weapons of mass destruction" is quite understandable when one takes into account the hundreds of thousands tons of napalm used against it. But even Napalm and the criminal destruction of North Korean dams were not the worst depravation the U.S. applied. Biological warfare agents, primarily anthrax, were dropped over North Korea and China and killed civilians. The U.S./UN command denied such use and covered it up. One consequence of that cover up was the development of torture methods in the U.S. SERE pilot training programs and their later proliferation into criminal abuses in Guantanamo, Abu Graibh and elsewhere. An important piece of evidence of this trail was recently and for the first time re-published on the web



Apr 29 08:28

38 Dead Fighters So Far from Terrorist Infighting Around East Ghouta, Damascus

The Syrian Arab Army were handed a slight reprieve this week as infighting between ‘rebel’ terrorists groups broke out around the Damascus suburb and terrorist stronghold of East Ghouta yesterday, with clashes continuing through this afternoon.

Apr 29 08:18

North Korea's missile test fails, US military says

A ballistic missile launched early Saturday by North Korea in defiance of international pressure and at a time of heightened regional tensions appears to have failed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, what we have here is Trump screaming about a guy who is out shooting at the target range with a busted gun!

 

 

 Or...

 

 

 Kim Jung-un ordered this test to fail, to defuse the situation without having to back down and lose face.

Apr 29 08:07

The CNS North Korea Missile Test Database

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies North Korea Missile Test Database is the first database to record flight tests of all missiles launched by North Korea capable of delivering a payload of at least 500 kilograms (1102.31 pounds) a distance of at least 300 kilometers (186.4 miles). The database captures advancements in North Korea's missile program by documenting all such tests since the first one occurred in April 1984, and will be routinely updated as events warrant.

The below map allows users to view North Korea’s missile tests over a period of time, and to select by missile type, missile family, and the tests' results. Users can also view additional infographics and read expert analysis of the database.

Apr 29 07:59

Ongoing .01% ‘Crime du jour’ analyses + Big Picture context of US rogue state empire requiring arrests: BOTH REQUIRED or ‘We the People’ will have ‘leadership’ under Prescott Bush’s motto, Karl Rove’s promise, and Ben Franklin’s prediction

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“Claim everything. Explain nothing. Deny everything.” ~ Prescott Bush, 1966 (oligarch, father and grandfather of US Presidents)

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” ~ Three weeks before W. Bush’s election for a second term in 2004, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, chiding Pulitzer-winning journalist, Ron Suskind.

Among soooo many warnings of the fragility and rareness of freedom, on September 18, 1787, just after signing the US Constitution, Benjamin Franklin on what kind of government America would have:

Apr 29 07:58

Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips cost taxpayers estimated $20m in 100 days — Obama’s cost $97m in 8 years

President Donald Trump has racked up an historic amount of travel expenses in his first 100 days in office, by far surpassing the president who came before him.
Mr Trump has made a point of repeatedly visiting his private Mar-a-Lago resort and golf course, which he and his administration have referred to as the “winter White House,” on the weekends.



Apr 29 07:58

Texas police officer faked his death and fled to Mexico, say officials

Police in Texas believe that Coleman Martin, an officer with the Austin Police Department, staged his death and is alive in Mexico, officials said Friday.
The 29-year-old is now facing a Class A misdemeanor charge of "false report," according to a police department statement.

Apr 29 07:40

SpaceX scheduled to make its first military launch on Sunday!

In an effort to make rocket parts recyclable, rather than jettisoning the costly components after each launch, California-based space company SpaceX is all set to make its first military launch on Sunday, April 30.
The launch will take place with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which makes and operates spy satellites for the United States.

Apr 29 07:25

Raw Cabbage Juice alkalinizes the body, stimulates the immune system, kills bacteria and viruses, heals ulcers, prevents cancer

There is not a lot we can say for sure about ulcers other than they hurt… a lot! Medical professionals have prognosticated about the root cause of ulcers for years but have not settled on one. They have claimed ulcers are due to such things as stress, alcohol,



Owl 1
Apr 29 05:51

Netanyahu: Allies could have saved 4 million Jews if they’d bombed death camps in 1942

“If the powers in 1942 had acted against the death camps — and all that was needed was repeated bombing of the camps — had they acted then, they could have saved 4 million Jews and millions of other people,” he said at the official state ceremony marking the start of the memorial day.
Note: Bomb the camps with the Jews in them! Yep is was all are fault once again. Can't please them.

Apr 29 05:45

The secular religion of “the Holocaust”, a tainted product of consumer society

The religion of "the Holocaust" is a secular one: it belongs to the lay world; it is profane; in actuality, it has at its disposal the secular arm, that is a temporal authority with dreaded power. It has its dogma, its commandments, its decrees, its prophets and its high priests. As one revisionist has observed, it has its circle of saints, male and female, amongst whom, for example, Saint Anne (Frank), Saint Simon (Wiesenthal) and Saint Elie (Wiesel). It has its holy places, its rituals and its pilgrimages. It has its sacred (and macabre) buildings and its relics ...

Apr 29 04:19

South Korea REJECTS Trump's $1 Billion THAAD Demand! What Happens Now?



April 28, 2017

Apr 28 21:37

Can Cannabis Prevent and Treat Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, is a serious condition usually caused by an external blow to the head that can cause severe and often chronic symptoms. These symptoms can be cognitive, behavioral, movement related, speech and visual impairing, mood altering, involve painful headaches, and even cause gastrointestinal issues.

In a three-year retrospective review of 446 separate cases of similarly injured patients, researchers found traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients who had a history of cannabis consumption possessed increased survival rates compared to non-consumers (97.6 percent survived surgery, versus 88.5% of those who didn’t consume cannabis).

"Our data suggest an important link between the presence of a positive THC screen and improved survival after TBI," the researchers concluded. "With continued research, more information will be uncovered regarding the therapeutic potential of THC, and further therapeutic interventions may be established."

Apr 28 21:19

China draws red line for North Korea issue: war is not allowed

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi took a tough position on the North Korea issue on Wednesday, saying that war on the Korean Peninsula is absolutely unacceptable.

Wang made the remarks in a press conference after a Sino-German dialogue on cooperation with Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister in Germany.

China has drawn a red line for the U.S., North Korea, and South Korea, that war on the Korean Peninsula is not allowed and that all consequences would be borne by the relevant countries should war break out.

Apr 28 21:17

China warns of necessary actions as US says THAAD to be operational in coming days

China expressed its grave concern after parts of the THAAD system were moved to the deployment site in South Korea, which the U.S. claims is purely defensive. China Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that the deployment of THAAD breaks the strategic balance in the region and ratchets up the tension on the Korean Peninsula.

China strongly urged the U.S. and South Korea to cancel the deployment and withdraw the equipment, and sent a strong warning that China will take necessary actions to safeguard its own interests.



Apr 28 21:07

Trump tough on South Korea: Threatens to terminate free trade deal, wants payment for THAAD missile defense system

President Donald Trump said that he will either renegotiate or terminate a "horrible" trade deal with South Korea, Reuters reported late Thursday.

The president also said he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion THAAD missile defense system, Reuters said.

Responses to Trump's comments soon arose, with an official from South Korea's automakers association telling Reuters that the group is now concerned about "the uncertainty" of the free trade agreement.

Shares in Hyundai Motor fell as much as 2.4 percent following Trump's comments. South Korea's won turned weaker on the comments.

Apr 28 21:04

Experts: North Korean nukes can defeat even the world's most advanced missile defense system

The US has successfully tested THAAD 12 times, but never used it in actual combat, which can play out much differently than controlled tests. "Things that work well at home on the test range don't always go as smoothly when deployed," Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told the Associated Press.

Another scientist, David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Global Security Program, said that a salvo of North Korean short-range missiles could overwhelm THAAD.

Apr 28 20:51

'China's Anti-THAAD Drills to Simulate Counterattack Scenarios'

A Chinese military expert predicts drills ordered by Beijing to counter the threat of the THAAD will include a preemptive strike on the U.S.-built missile system, which is now based in South Korea.

Apr 28 19:12

NASA to face space suit crunch in future, says report

The spacesuits NASA astronauts currently use on the International Space Station (ISS) -- known as Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMU) -- were developed more than 40 years ago and have far outlasted their original 15-year design life.



Lockerdome
Apr 28 19:08

US says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea`s nuclear and missile development could lead to `catastrophic consequences,` while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force.

Apr 28 19:03

Hannity Comes Forward with BOMBSHELL WARNING: “End of Fox News Channel As We Know It”

Things haven’t been going well at Fox News.
Bill O’Reilly, the face of Fox News, was pushed out after sexual harassment allegations.
Jesse Watters is in trouble for a comment he made about Ivanka Trump.
We all know how the Roger Ailes situation went down.

Apr 28 17:03

Former Central Banker Just Signaled That The Economy Is About To Crash

The Canadian housing market is popping their is already a bailout to save a mortgage company. Initial jobless claims inch up. Consumers are tapped out, credit defaults on the rise. P



Apr 28 16:34

Worm Eats Plastic – Is This Really Good For The Earth?

You may have seen passing headlines that a caterpillar was recently discovered to “eat plastic.” But take a look – there is more than meets the eye about the eco-fuzzy hooklines. The worldwide use of one trillion plastic bags each year is obviously causing a problem – especially for ocean life. Eighty million tons…

Apr 28 16:31

What is Real Conservatism, and why is it so important?

Up to two fifths of Americans describe themselves as Conservatives, and in England that number is roughly the same. The beliefs and principles that relate both the US and UK Conservatives are generally similar, yet any individual definition of what Conservatism means to each person who identifies as such would probably differ greatly. And of course, those who are not Conservative have a very different view as to what principles (if any) underlie its present incarnation.

Apr 28 16:02

BREAKING NEWS: North Korea carries out a non-nuclear missile test says Pentagon - but it fails AGAIN

A US official said the missile blew up over land before it ever reached its target of the the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea. It landed around 35 miles kilometers from Pukchang airfield, CNN reports.

A US government source told Reuters the test-fire had failed.

The missile, thought to be a mid-range KN-17 ballistic missile, was fired from a location in the South Pyeongan province in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, according to South Korea's military chiefs of staff said, the BBC reports.

So far, there has been no comment on the failed test-fire from North Korea.

Apr 28 15:55

Military preparations underway for attack on North Korea as Navy Seal carrying submarine arrives near rogue nation

The possibility of a military strike on North Korea has risen exponentially in the last 48 hours, with a series of startling revelations pointing to the very real possibility of a full-scale war with the rogue nuclear nation.



Apr 28 15:53

Kim’s projectile blows prematurely — again — in North Korea’s latest missile test

Latest provocation turns into major embarrassment for Jong-un.

Apr 28 15:43

The Telegraph Attempts To Smear BSD Campaign As Anti-Semitic

Today an opinion piece in The Telegraph attempts to liken Boycott Israel campaigns as Nazi’s.

For starters, just look at this picture in the middle of the article – combined with the headline of the article that it’s linking to.

Apr 28 15:37

Cops: Illegal immigrant sought in food stamp scam

The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section is searching for MARTIN B. SANTIAGO, 49

Apr 28 15:25

Mass Judge Releases Illegal Immigrant Uber Driver Charged with Three Counts of Rape on 2500 Dollar Bond ...Now He's Missing

even after a prosecutor insisted that federal immigration agents were drafting a detainer

Apr 28 15:10

PUTIN UNVEILS "PROJECT 09852," HISTORIC WEAPON THAT PUTS THE ENTIRE WORLD ON NOTICE

Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed plans to expand Russia’s military, and the additions could have serious implications for the rest of the world.

Apr 28 14:55

Red Flags As Trump Team Dodges On Tax Plan's Impact On Middle Class

Members of President Donald Trump’s team are having a hard time defending his new tax plan and, when asked directly if it will benefit the middle class, have exhibited a pattern of strategic avoidance.



Apr 28 14:54

Undercover 'Convert" Busts CAIR and the Islamic Agenda for America 2017

With organizations like CAIR, ISNA, and MSA working to destroy America one man went undercover, as a fake convert, to bust open their plans. Hundreds of pages of documents, hundreds of hours of recordings. AMERICA you have been warned!

Apr 28 14:36

North Korea 'tests ballistic missile' amid reports Pyongyang stating war 'imminent'

"North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning," Yonhap reported, quoting a statement issued by South Korea's military.

Apr 28 14:20

Study Claims It’s ‘Unethical’ To Describe Breastfeeding As ‘Natural.’

It's “ethically inappropriate” for government and medical organizations to describe breastfeeding as “natural”

Apr 28 14:16

Surprise! Surprise! Berkley mayor plays the race card to distract from his own failure to protect peace in his city.

... I have to wonder if the mayor was white, would we see such hate."

Apr 28 14:04

Millions of Television Viewers Drink Bleach After Nikki Haley Opens Her Mouth Again

Waffle House waitress-turned-UN-representative Nikki Haley is the brightest, rising star in international diplomacy.

Haley gave a memorable performance on CNN on Thursday, during which she decided to make up fake stuff that Russia never said about the humanitarian situation in Syria.

Apr 28 13:51

M 6.8 - 31km WSW of Balangonan, Philippines



Owl 3
Apr 28 13:22

I Lament Dershowitz’ Defeat?

Alan Dershowitz, used to be my arch detractor. He chased, harassed and intimidated professors who endorsed my work. He campaigned against venues that hosted my music. Not that long ago Dershowitz saw me as Israel’s most dangerous enemy. He even, at one stage, complained about my "obscure" sax playing.

He did it all in vain. Dershowitz has been bitterly defeated on each and every battle he picked against me. Not a single scholar surrendered to his pressure, not even one withdrew his or her endorsement of my work. They practically just laughed to his face. Not a single institution bowed to his pressure either as he himself admits. Dershowitz has now learned the lesson. The ethnic cleanser enthusiast has raised a white flag.

Apr 28 12:54

REPORTS: US TROOPS DEPLOY ALONG SYRIA-TURKISH BORDER

U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.

Footage posted by Syrian activists online showed a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles driving on a rural road in the village of Darbasiyah, a few hundred meters from the Turkish border. Clashes in the area were reported between Turkish and Kurdish forces Wednesday a day after the Turkish airstrike which also destroyed a Kurdish command headquarters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the location, it looks like the start of the carving a "safe zone" out of Syria!

Apr 28 12:52

Debunking the French Report on Syrian Chemical Weapons

Specifically, the head of the United Nations’ team investigating the possible use of chemical warfare in Syria (Åke Sellström) wrote an email to MIT rocket scientist Ted Postol in 2014 stating:

Hexamine … is a product simple to get hold of and in no way conclusively points to the [Syrian] government.

In addition, hexamine found in samples may be derived from other sources for example, explosives.

Apr 28 12:11

Trump: ‘8-year assault’ on Second Amendment is over

President Donald Trump declared Friday that an "eight-year assault" on Second Amendment rights had come to a "crashing end" with his election. "No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and freedoms as Americans," Trump said during his speech to the National Rifle Association in Atlanta. -- "Instead we will work with you by your side," he said.



Taboola
Apr 28 12:05

Charges Sought Against Hillary’s Private Email Server IT People

A House committee has issued a referral for prosecution against the head of an IT firm that managed Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

The referral against Treve Suazo, CEO of Platte River Networks, alleges that the company “flatly refused” to comply with subpoenas for documents related to their work on Clinton’s server.

The committee is referring the matter to determine if the company head is guilty of obstruction of justice and making false statements.

Apr 28 12:02

Officer Has Negligent Discharge At Home, Now His Boss Wants To Implement More Firearm Safety — Uh, You’re A Little Late

We joke and kid with each other about bone-headed things but, when it comes to firearms, there’s a lot of room to make mistakes you can never take back. I hope the officer is able to make a full recovery and, perhaps, it is time for some safety training in that department.

Apr 28 12:00

When 'Sunshine' Ruled on the Korean Peninsula

Before South Korea’s conservative presidents severed ties with North Korea from 2008, their liberal predecessors Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun promoted peaceful engagement and rapprochement, an approach called the “sunshine policy.”

The name stemmed from an ancient Greek fable where the wind and the sun competed to remove a man’s cloak. No matter how strongly the wind blew, the man only wrapped his cloak more tightly to keep warm. But when the sun shone, the warmth made him take his cloak off. The wind symbolized unsuccessful coercive policies toward North Korea and the sun stood for an approach able to persuade North Korea to take off its anachronistic and uncomfortable cloak, changing at last.

Apr 28 11:45

CALIFORNIA: Despite being home to more Armenians than any other state, Democrat lawmakers hold "Muslim Day" on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Whatever! It's not like Muslims were the ones who slaughtered more than 1.5 MILLION Armenian Christians during the Genocide...oh wait

Apr 28 11:41

During an interview, Schumer was asked to name a democrat that could beat Trump in 2020. He couldn't provide a single name. [VIDEO]

Schumer Comes Up Empty When Kasie Hunt Asks Which Dems Can Beat Trump In 2020

Apr 28 11:34

Why The Jews Loathe Le Pen.

Brother Nathanael

Apr 28 11:31

Are We (Collectively) Depressed?

We need to encourage honesty above optimism. Once we can speak honestly, there is a foundation for optimism.

Psychoanalysis teaches that one cause of depression is repressed anger.

The rising tide of collective anger is visible in many places: road rage, violent street clashes between groups seething for a fight, the destruction of friendships for holding the "incorrect" ideological views, and so on. I Think We Can Safely Say The American Culture War Has Been Taken As Far As It Can Go.

Apr 28 11:29

VIDEO: Students despise Obama policies...when credited to Trump

Students compare Trump’s Policies to Nazism… except They are Really OBAMA’s Policies!!

Apr 28 11:21

Russia says strike on North Korea ‘completely unacceptable’

Moscow tells UN Security Council meeting that any military action to address nuclear proliferation by Pyongyang could have catastrophic consequences.

Russia on Friday warned at the United Nations that military options to address the threat from North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programs were “completely unacceptable” and would have “catastrophic consequences.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Security Council that China’s proposals to restart talks with North Korea should be seriously examined and that sanctions alone would not work.

North Korea “is conducting itself in an inappropriate way,” Gatilov told the council. “At the same time, options of using force are completely unacceptable and could lead to catastrophic consequences.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported by reuters this morning:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile abilities could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. While Washington has pressed Beijing to rein in its ally Pyongyang, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the U.N. Security Council that "the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side." Tillerson urged the 15-member body to act before North Korea does and called on states to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang. He said that because China accounted for 90 percent of North Korean trade, its role was particularly important. "Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences," Tillerson said in his first remarks to the council as secretary of state. The United States was not pushing for regime change and preferred a negotiated solution, but Pyongyang, for its own sake, should dismantle its nuclear and missile programs, he said. "The threat of a nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real, and it's only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the U.S. mainland," Tillerson said. While Tillerson repeated the Trump administration's position that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development, Yi said military threats would not help.

The question is, with the South Korean elections just a little over a week away, and one of the front-runners being an avowed advocate of the "Sunshine Policy", which promotes engagement with North Korea, just how long will the US give the UN Security Council to vote for these sanctions they are demanding, with a sure and certain knowledge that Russia and China will either abstain, or vote no?!?

The Security Council process can be glacial.

Apr 28 11:15

Trump's `Armada' Sent to Deter Kim Can't Knock Down His Missiles

Accompanying the Vinson, which is en route from the Philippine Sea south of Japan, are the destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain. They aren’t equipped with the version of the Aegis surveillance system made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that can track long-range ballistic missiles or Raytheon Co.’s SM-3 interceptors that are capable of bringing down medium and longer-range ballistic missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oops!

Apr 28 11:10

Trump's demand Seoul pay for THAAD will test ties as Moon presidency looms

The remarks come as South Korea heads into a presidential election that will likely elect liberal front-runner Moon Jae-in, who has said the next administration in Seoul should have the final say on the deployment of THAAD. Moon's campaign office said the deployment of THAAD should be immediately suspended until then.

"This almost certainly will become another self-inflicted wound for the alliance and for U.S. foreign policy," said Daniel Pinkston, a Troy University professor and expert on North and South Korea based in Seoul.

Moon, who said in a book published in January that South Korea should learn to "say no to Americans", is leading polls by a wide margin ahead of South Korea's May 9 election to replace impeached former President Park Geun-hye, whose government agreed with Washington last year to deploy THAAD.

Apr 28 10:55

Sec. Tillerson to UN Security Council: ‘Act Before North Korea Does’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Friday for tougher sanctions — aimed mainly at China and other countries that continue to trade with North Korea — as a way to pressure Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program.

Tillerson, who chaired a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council, said the U.S. prefers a diplomatic solution. However, he stressed the U.S. reserves the option of military action to counteract North Korean aggression if necessary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


The body language tells a lot. Tillerson isn't doing any better here than he was with the meeting with the Senators!

Tillerson made two statements I wish to respond to.

Tillerson claimed that North Korea is pushing the world towards conflict. How many nations as the United States attacked in the last 16 years? Same question for North Korea.

2. Tillerson claims North Korea doe snot need nuclear weapons. Again, how many nations as the United States attacked in the last 16 years? How many of them had nuclear weapons with which to deter attack?

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