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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • When news broke last night that we were attacking Syria, I pretty much figured we were headed for World War III.  Trump told us as much right before the election:  
  • But it turns out that the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian air field was a pretty measured response. And it was in direct response to Syria using gas. Overall, it was more symbolic and "sending a message" than a massive military operation. I have no problem with the strike. 
  • This is not an escalation into war: Secretary of State Tillerson said last night that the U.S. will not intervene in the Syrian civil war. 
  • Re: My prior claim that Trump would never cross Russia. Uh, I was wrong.
  • Trump was smart enough to give Russia the heads up before the attack. However, that doesn't mean Russia isn't pissed: ""President [Vladimir] Putin regards the US attacks on Syria as an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law, and under a trumped-up pretext at that."
  • Considering the number of people the U.S. has killed with drone strikes, when we are actually trying to kill people instead of damage property, it is really strange that this story is so much bigger than the average drone strike.
  • I guess it's because it involves Tomahawk missiles so we have a "Shock and Awe" effect. Side note: The cost of one Tomahawk missile is $1.5 million. The strike, in Tomahawk expense alone, was $88.5 million.
  • Trump believes striking the Middle East will help poll numbers. Trump in 2012: 
  • On to other news . . . .
  • This guy, yes this guy, is leading the Masters: 
  • A famous (infamous?) and over the top criminal defense lawyer in Austin is being held in contempt for the second time. That will happen when the judge calls you up to bench during during selection to chastised you for disregarding her rulings and you loudly say, "I'm just trying to show these people how hard it is to get a fair trial in this court."
  • I can't explain in one sentence how much the Texas House considers Rep. Jonathan Stickland a goofball. When he got up to speak yesterday during a marathon budget session, the chamber emptied out. Here's a few seconds of his rant after that happened. And it sounds like he almost got in a fight. He also went on record yesterday saying, "Taxation is theft." 
  • If you don't think Bill O'Reilly's show is in trouble, read this about last night. Little known advertisers filled the void and then, shockingly, the show just suddenly went off the air and was replaced with Shepard Smith in the last 15 minutes. No explanation was given. Edit: No, goofball, the show was not pre-empted by the Syria attack. Smith just did routine interviews.


Anonymous said...

Strike and earlier press conference actually neutered to Lib talking points.
Trump is "in" with the Ruskies.
Trump hates Muslims.

Would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the Obama residence last nite.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

Stickland may not be popular in the House chamber, but he has mopped the floor with his opponents in 3 straight primaries and elections. He's popular in his district because he does exactly what he says he will do.

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know Gérard Depardieu was a golfer.

Anonymous said...

Masters or the Bassmasters

SpanishWarDonkey said...

That $1.5 million is also maintenance and other miscellaneous expenses over the lifetime of the missile. The cost is probably much closer to $4-500,000 per unit.

It was smart I give Russia a heads up here; it just disables their and Assad's ability to utilize that particular air base.

Putin can cry all he wants to the UN Security Council about acts against sovereign nations. Last I checked Russia is still claiming Crimea as its territory.

Trump showed some actual backbone last night and a lot more reason than normal. Hopefully this continues.

Ernest T said...

Not defending O'Reilly, but that was just when the news broke about Syria. I would imagine that Fox wanted an actual journalist breaking the news and not a commentator like O'Reilly.

Triple Fake... said...

"Re: My prior claim that Trump would never cross Russia. Uh, I was wrong."
We don't blame you for your inability to understand what's really happening out there in the rest of the world. Nobody in Wise county gets it, either. We just don't have the experience!

Anonymous said...

Attacking Syria is just one more broken promise in a long line of broken promises, driven solely by the poll numbers.

Repeal Obamacare on day one? Nope.
Declare China a currency manipulator on day one? Nope.
Not get involved in Syria? Oops.
Won't use executive orders to close borders? He's tried it twice.
Get rid of two old regs for every new one? Nope.

A full list of all the promises Trump broke in just HIS FIRST MONTH IN OFFICE (there are 64 of them) is here:

Yet he's not a woman or a black man or a SEEKRET MOOSLEM, so his voters will just keep on voting for him.

That being said, I'm glad he broke his promise on Syria and I absolutely agree with this strike. I actually think it was too limited. We should have hit several airfields, not just one.

And the difference between this and drone strikes is significant because as a general rule we are in those countries at the request of the countries when we are striking. Pakistan isn't happy with the drone program, but they need us to keep the jihadists to a reasonable level. Russia can take action in Syria because they are there at the request of Assad. So as a general rule, those actions are all taken under the umbrella of international law.

We basically just invaded another country last night unprovoked, and did it without declaring war and without the authorization of Congress of a UN resolution.

Legally, it's tricky. So he may as well have done it right.


Anonymous said...

I commend you for all of your bullet points prior to "On to other news". Everyone would not agree with all, but they are measured, objective, rational statements all, and devoid of partisan politics. Well done and thought provoking.
Re: "...really strange that this story is so much bigger than the average drone strike." and "I guess it's because it involves Tomahawk missiles..." Perhaps. Could it also be because the "average drone strike" technology came of age and was utilized during the Obama era, and that reporting of US aggressive actions during that era was very different than coverage of Trump era actions has been to this point?

Anonymous said...

Golfer guy looks like he should be running the Tilt-a-whirl at the reunion.

-Local Yocal

Anonymous said...

Regarding Stickland, according to a Wise County youngster working at the capital, when Springer offered his amendment the house gallery was in an uproar of laughter. According to this eye witness, Stickland and Springer were nose to nose and had to be physically separated by other Reps. on the floor. And the capper is That Springers amendment PASSED!

Anonymous said...

Rage, You proved you were a liar yesterday and proved it again today. We all know Obammy was not a secret Muslim. There was no secret to it. WE DID NOT INVADE SYRIA. Go back to the deep fryer and keep the french fries coming.

Anonymous said...

"Considering the number of people the U.S. has killed with drone strikes, when we are actually trying to kill people instead of damage property, it is really strange that this story is so much bigger than the average drone strike."

Nice play on words there Skippy. When speaking of the Syrian airfield attack, it was Trump and Trump alone. But when speaking of the drone attacks that killed no telling how many people, it was the U.S. and not Obammy.

Susan Rice?

Anonymous said...

I'll bet there was a little North Korean last nite that didn't get much sleep.

HarveyLee said...

Random question: Why don't the Feminists protest against the anti prostitution laws? Is it only when it involves abortion that a woman should control her own body?

Anonymous said...

A+ Troll game, keep it up!!!

Anonymous said...

10:41 and Obama muslim = that's when I know your a kool-
aide swallowing idiot.

Anonymous said...

10:02 - your so impressive.

Anonymous said...

A lot of people think taxation is theft. But those same people don't mind having roads to drive on, schools for their kids, hospitals, airports and stuff. Never met a "no taxes" person that was ever backed up their beliefs by not using tax supported stuff.

Anonymous said...

Uh, taxation IS theft by coercion.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately O'Reilly is back on the air tonight.

11:53 - one step at a time. First they had to be allowed to vote and it's gone step by step since then. You can't ask for everything all at once.

3:17 - if we're paying for them, then hell yes we're going to use them. If not, then we would use the money we'd save from taxes (about $35,000 for me this year, which is sickening now that I see it as a dollar amount and not just a tax rate percentage) to pay school tuitions and tolls and hospital bills, etc.

wordkyle said...

317 - Odd. I've never met a "no taxes" person. Many who think taxes should be less and government should be smaller and spend more responsibly, sure. But never anyone who seriously advocated for no taxes at all.

jon spencer said...

You could use a current photo of Charley Hoffman as has his hair cut short this year.

Anonymous said...

I believe in my God and my country and myself.

Anonymous said...

3:17 thanks for the straw man argument. We haven't been hearing them lately since Obama left office.

Anonymous said...

7:48 is a humble bragger.

Anonymous said...