WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Offering a stunningly blunt appraisal of the North Korean leader, Jared Kushner said on Tuesday that Kim Jong-un was a “totally unqualified person” who attained his position of power only through nepotism.
“Here you have a guy who has no government experience, and he’s in charge of the whole thing,” Kushner said, in an interview with Fox News. “It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of.”
There are few scenarios more disquieting than a showdown between two mentally-erratic rulers with nuclear weapons in the middle of one of the world’s most densely-populated and economically-important regions. Yet that’s the scenario which seems to be developing in East Asia.
In brief, the North Korean regime, showing its usual bluster, is apparently about to conduct another nuclear or missile test. Trump has diverted the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group toward the region and warned that the US will not tolerate such a provocation. The North Korean regime has a history of ignoring foreign pressure to dial back its saber-rattling, and Trump has a history of taking aggressive actions without thought to, or even understanding of, possible consequences. But if the test goes ahead and Trump carries out some kind of military action against North Korea, the consequences could be enormous indeed.
The regime has repeatedly threatened that, if attacked, it would retaliate against our allies Japan and South Korea:
Jon Ossoff ran in a special election for the U.S. House of Reprehensibles in Georgia’s 6th district last night and ran 30 points ahead of his nearest challenger, a truly horrible woman named Karen Handel. Yet to Trump, who didnt even support Handel cuz she’s a broad or something, he did support the twist and she “won” bigley.
Now because Georgia, as much of the South, has this weirdo procedure where if the winner does not get 50% of the vote, we get a run off election in about 2 months time. I gather this is so the powers that be in Georgia, white men, can keep those pesky libtards or blacks or anyone not a conservative white con artist out of office by coming together to keep guys like Ossoff below 50%.
The coal operators were shrugging off the destruction, one of them actually recorded on video saying “These mountains ain’t no good for nuthin’ anyway.” Nothing except supporting families with the bounty of mature, diverse forests.
The environmentalists and local activists were jumping up and down with their hair on fire, accurately predicting the devastation of mountain communities to come over the next decades and demanding a solution.
You see, when you strip mine for coal, you are literally stripping everything from trees and leaf mold right down to bedrock.
There’s a pretty simple answer, I think, to why President Trump has made reversals on a handful of major policy stances since taking office–he’s learning things. When he decides, for example, that NATO is not obsolete, this could simply mean he has just found out exactly what they do–although it appears he is still under the impression they just started fighting terrorism recently.
Janet (née Folger) Porter is much enthused that maybe this time he’ll stay maybe this time, the heartbeat bill (for which she takes credit, though it has never passed anywhere) will pass the House and the Senate.
The look of a fanatic is rather chilling: you will have your rapists’ baby.
With his recent reversal on Janet Yellen and monetary policy in general, smart pundits are spending a lot of energy doping out The New Trump, but as far as I can tell it’s mostly a waste of time. A normal president might settle into a regular pattern. Trump continues to bounce — seemingly randomly — between any particular policy and alternatives, including absolute opposites.
So what actually led to Trump’s seeming shift towards potentially keeping Yellen in place as Fed chief and floating a moderate for the open Fed vice-chair in charge of banking regulations? Is it likely that Trump carefully thought through what the Fed does, determined what policies he would like to have going forward, and decided that the current chair is actually pretty good at implementing those policies?
I can’t remember who said it on MSNBC this morning, but it’s been bothering me all day. To paraphrase: “The entertainment value of Donald Trump’s Circus is as dangerous as the policies we laugh at.” Yes, I confess I delight in his gaffes and his outrageous tweets, jaw-dropping deeds and pronouncements, to the point where I look forward to my morning laugh of outrage as much as my morning coffee. I’m not alone, and of course laughing at someone feels good. It means we’re smarter, better informed and rational and someone else is not. That’s the cheapest form of humor, of course, akin to vaudevillian slapstick and plain old mockery.
Why is this dangerous? I think it creates a demand for more. It’s a demand that nature and the Trump organization doesn’t always fill.
Alex Jones is involved in a custody battle with his ex-wife for their three kids. Ex-wife wants InfoWars videos entered as part of her testimony that Alex Jones is unfit to raise the children.
Alex Jones’s lawyers are insisting that he’s just pretending and “playing a character” while calling Hillary Clinton a “demon from hell” and threatening sitting Congressmen with violence, all the while bragging about his personal friendship with Donald Trump.