Jane and Arlene are outside their nursing home, having a drink and a smoke, when it starts to rain.
Jane pulls out a condom, cuts off the end, puts it over her cigarette, and continues smoking.
Arlene: What in the hell is that?
Jane: A condom. This way my cigarette doesn’t get wet.
Arlene: Where did you get it? Jane: You can get them at any pharmacy. The next day, Arlene hobbles herself into the local pharmacy andannounces to the pharmacist that she wants a box of condoms.
The pharmacist, obviously embarrassed, looks at her kind of strangely (she is, after all, over 80 years of age), but very delicately asks what size, texture, brand of condom she prefers. ‘Doesn’t matter Sonny, as long as it fits on a Camel.’
It’s not a matter of if, but when The United States War Machine blows Iran off the map.
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.
Never threaten the United States again!”
Number one target his head is already in the cross hairs.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen since the first anniversary of Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last May 28th.
President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would start stockpiling enriched uranium and heavy water beyond the limits agreed to in the deal and would make more serious violations if the rest of the deal’s signatories did not give Iran better terms within 60 days.
The only thing that has seriously changed the equation with Iran is that the United States had a President in Donald John Trump who will bow to no one.
Don’t for a minute this guy or one of his proxies isn’t hiding in the weeds and willing to fire the first shot.
No one has ever accused Ahmadinejad of being well balanced !
The United States increased its military presence in the Persian Gulf region soon after, accelerating deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln and dispatching B-52 bombers and Patriot defense missiles, citing “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Tehran.
Intelligence indicates Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the U.S. government recently designated a foreign terrorist organization, loaded missiles onto boats in the Persian Gulf and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave the go-ahead to proxy forces to attack U.S. forces and diplomatic facilities, according to officials.
The U.S. withdrew all nonessential personnel from Iraq last week.
Members of Congress in both parties have expressed skepticism of the threats officials have cited, and the administration plans to brief all lawmakers Tuesday. Virginia Democrat Mark Warner, the ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, was circumspect after he left a classified briefing Thursday.
“It’s very important that more members hear this story,” he said.
“Now would I do that? Absolutely.
But we have not planned for that. Hopefully, we’re not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that,” Trump told reporters.
“Mr. President, are we going to war with Iran?” a reporter shouted at Trump Thursday at a brief photo-op.
Perhaps many will remember my asking you to write to the
Secretary of the Army and the Joint Chiefs of Staff asking them to
review Clagget’s case and recommend clemency.
Some will agree or disagree with my points.
I spent 4 years trying to help Corey, working with his attorney and he was royally screwed when he took the advice of his jag officer, a female that had never tried a murder case.
Had he declared his action to be premeditated murder, his punishment would have been shorter, not under Obama, but with a commander-in-chief with an ounce of sense.
This is not the first time a member in combat has been wrongly found guilty for following direct orders and it won’t be the last.
The military judicial system is not infallible.
It is however, filled with some obstreperous individuals who believe once a sentence has been given it can’t be overturned.
From a horrible story came United American Patriots which advises all military personnel to hire a top-notch civilian attorney. (Source)
Two U.S. officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the newspaper that the president has already begun making requests for the necessary paperwork to pardon the servicemen.
One of the men Trump is reportedly seeking to pardon is Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who was charged last year for a number of war crimes, including stabbing and murdering a wounded person and shooting begun Iraqi civilians.
A few months after he was charged, Trump was met with criticism after he said in March that Gallagher would soon be moved to “less restrictive confinement” in “honor of his past service” to the nation.
Another one of the cases Trump is allegedly looking at involves a group of Marine who were charged with urinating on a dead Taliban member.
The officials said they believe the president is also allegedly considering a pardon for Nicholas Slatten, a former Blackwater security guard who was convicted last year for his role in a 2007 shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians.
The officials told The Times that the White House issued the paperwork requests to begin the pardoning process on Friday.
They added that Trump is planning to pardon the men on Memorial Day.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
If the negotiation had taken place at a car dealership, it would have ended with the customer walking away — without the keys to a new vehicle in hand.
Automakers aren’t buying President Trump’s assertion that vehicle imports represent a national security threat.
While they’re relieved by his decision not to immediately impose tariffs that he says would address the concern, instead of ordering U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to take six months to conduct talks with trading partners on the matter, they would prefer that the White House change course.
“We are deeply concerned that the administration continues to consider imposing auto tariffs,” said Wade Newton, a spokesman for the Auto Alliance, a trade group representing companies behind 70% of all U.S. auto sales.
“By boosting car prices across the board and driving up car repair and maintenance costs, tariffs are essentially a massive tax on consumers.”
The higher prices would curb consumer demand and might cost as many as 700,000 U.S. jobs, he added. It’s an assessment that mirrors broader concerns from economists, business executives, and some lawmakers about Trump’s protectionist policies, which include duties on $250 billion of Chinese imports so far as well as levies on steel and aluminum purchased from allies and rivals alike.
That the administration chose to weigh 25% tariffs under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which allows them on national security grounds, was problematic enough for automakers.
That the Commerce Department under the direction of Secretary Wilbur Ross concluded a threat actually exists is worse, especially since the report containing those conclusions has never been shared publicly.
In essence, says John Bozzella, CEO of the trade group Global Automakers, the department believes the decisions by 8 million Americans to buy imported cars in 2018 threatens “to impair the national security of the U.S.,” he said.
“This is absurd,” he added. “International automakers develop and build more than half of the vehicles made in America each year.
An American engineer working for a ‘foreign’ auto company in Michigan is no more of a national security threat than an American engineer working for an ‘American-owned’ auto company in Michigan.”
What the administration based its determination on is unclear, he added, since no one in the industry asked for government protection and many urged the Commerce Department last year not to take its plan any further.
Carmakers from General Motors, the American icon behind the Chevrolet Camaro and the Cadillac Escalade, to foreign manufacturers such as BMW, Honda, and Volvo that build autos in the U.S. warned that the duties will push up their supply expenses, curb American exports and, ultimately, eliminate well-paying employment the president promised to increase during his 2016 campaign.
Across the U.S. auto industry, a 25% tariff would force buyers of imported cars to pay an average of $5,800 more, costing American consumers about $45 billion, based on 2017 sales data.
That has the potential to disrupt employment in states like Alabama, home to plants for Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, and South Carolina, where BMW and Volvo both have factories.
The states each contributed nine electoral votes to the 304 that Trump won in 2016 and are important to his reelection prospects next year.
“We must rein in misuse of the Section 232 trade law,” said Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican who served as U.S. Trade Representative during the George W. Bush administration.
Portman has introduced a bill that would require the Defense Department to justify new tariffs under the 57-year-old legislation. “Minivans manufactured in Canada are not a national security threat to the U.S.”
The European Union’s trading commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, said the trading bloc is open to negotiations with the U.S. but dismissed the basis of the Trump administration’s proposal.
“We completely reject the notion that our car exports are a national security threat,” she said.
“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.” Ronald Reagan.