Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Putin Sends Trump A Message In The Air

Russian jet buzzes US plane after Syrian drone downed
A Russian jet came within five feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane near the Baltic Sea Tuesday after the military announced earlier that day it had shot down another aircraft belonging to the Moscow-backed Syrian government.

Gee, Trump hasn't tweeted about a U.S. plane getting buzzed by a Russian jet. I wonder why?

The World Is A Safer Place Without Saddam Trump

The personal encounter with refugees dispels fears and distorted ideologies and becomes a factor for growth in humanity. - Pope Francis

The Secretary Of State's 3 Point Plan
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly has a three-point plan to both improve relations and work with Russia, one of which includes facing global threats posed by the Syrian civil war, the proliferation of North Korea’s missile and defense program and a third that could seem strange to some: Cybersecurity and cyber-espionage.

It was odd that the White House banned cameras and audio at yesterday’s press briefing. Usually, they only ban facts. - Stephen Colbert

Republican Shenanigans

Republicans don't care when you point out their hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is baked into their pie. It's a feature, not a bug. - Jeff Tiedrich

Hugs Are Hard!
First Daughter Ivanka Trump went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to talk about her new child tax credit proposal — and she was greeted by Sen. Marco Rubio (R – FL).

Trump is running a fundraising contest where the winner gets to have dinner with him. James Comey was like, “Trust me, that is not a good prize. Don’t do it.” - Jimmy Fallon


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During a meeting with the president of Panama, President Trump said, “We did a good job building the Panama Canal,” despite the fact that the canal was constructed over a century ago. Mr. President, if you’re going to keep saying stuff this dumb in front of other world leaders, could you at least wear a big bandage on your head? You know, so it seems like there’s a reason. - Seth Myers


The three paragraph description below is packed with fascinating information from the Dept. of State historian.

Teddy Roosevelt not only built the Panama Canal, he created the country of Panama after a one day standoff with Colombia. President Roosevelt famously stated that "I took the Isthmus, started the canal and then left Congress not to debate the canal, but to debate me." 

Building the Panama Canal, 1903–1914

President Theodore Roosevelt oversaw the realization of a long-term United States goal—a trans-isthmian canal. Throughout the 1800s, American and British leaders and businessmen wanted to ship goods quickly and cheaply between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Roosevelt on a digging machine during construction of the
Panama Canal, circa 1908. (Library of Congress,
Prints and Photographs Division)
To that end, in 1850 the United States and Great Britain negotiated the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty to rein in rivalry over a proposed canal through the Central American Republic of Nicaragua. The Anglo-American canal, however, never went beyond the planning stages. French attempts to build a canal through Panama (province of Colombia) advanced further. Led by Ferdinand de Lesseps—the builder of the Suez Canal in Egypt—the French began excavating in 1880. Malaria, yellow fever, and other tropical diseases conspired against the de Lesseps campaign and after 9 years and a loss of approximately 20,000 lives, the French attempt went bankrupt. In spite of such setbacks, American interest in a canal continued unabated. The Hay-Pauncefote Treaty of 1901 abrogated the earlier Clayton-Bulwer Treaty and licensed the United States to build and manage its own canal. Following heated debate over the location of the proposed canal, on June 19, 1902, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of building the canal through Panama. Within 6 months, Secretary of State John Hay signed a treaty with Colombian Foreign Minister Tomás Herrán to build the new canal. The financial terms were unacceptable to Colombia’s congress, and it rejected the offer.

President Roosevelt responded by dispatching U.S. warships to Panama City (on the Pacific) and Colón (on the Atlantic) in support of Panamanian independence. Colombian troops were unable to negotiate the jungles of the Darien Strait and Panama declared independence on November 3, 1903. The newly declared Republic of Panama immediately named Philippe Bunau-Varilla (a French engineer who had been involved in the earlier de Lesseps canal attempt) as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. In his new role, Bunau-Varilla negotiated the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty of 1903, which provided the United States with a 10-mile wide strip of land for the canal, a one-time $10 million payment to Panama, and an annual annuity of $250,000. The United States also agreed to guarantee the independence of Panama. Completed in 1914, the Panama Canal symbolized U.S. technological prowess and economic power. Although U.S. control of the canal eventually became an irritant to U.S.-Panamanian relations, at the time it was heralded as a major foreign policy achievement.

This was a classic example of U.S. gunboat diplomacy in Latin America, and the best illustration of what Roosevelt meant by the old African adage, "Speak softly and carry a big stick [and] you will go far." (Wikipedia)

This can’t be easy for Trump’s lawyers. Like, they’re representing someone who lies even more than they do. And lying is their job. - James Corden

Rock The Voter News

Because Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was in on talks about firing Comey, he may need to recuse himself from the Russia probe. He would be the third member of this investigation to be gone, after Attorney General Jeff sessions and former FBI Director James Comey. It’s all in the latest season of “Survivor: Justice Department Island.” - Stephen Colbert

Georgia On Our Minds: Vote Your Ossoff
Thousands of voters in the suburbs north of Atlanta grabbed the country's attention Tuesday as a special congressional election neared its end as a referendum on President Trump.

And in a parallel universe, Pres Hillary Clinton sends her son-in-law to Mideast peace talks & Limbaugh actually begins screaming in German. - John Fugelsang


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This weekend, Trump took his first trip to Camp David. He spent the whole weekend walking around, exploring the property and looking for the Wi-Fi password. “I got to tweet! I got to tweet!” - Jimmy Fallon

Business/Tech News

The Supreme Court ruled that a company has the legal right to have an offensive name. In other words, Trump Tower is going to stay Trump Tower. - Conan O'Brien

Boeing 797 Features: Twin Isles!
The world has been given a peek at Boeing's plans for a new small twin-aisle aircraft, unofficially dubbed the 797. Boeing released the first image of its new "middle-market airplane" at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday as a teaser for what will be ...

Dear USA- once you deindustrialize, automate & outsource jobs overseas try not to call Americans who can't find work 'lazy.' - John Fugelsang

Gender specific hairstyles for guys:
French Brad
Chauvinist pigtails
- OhNoSheTwnt



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Yet another family forced to wear hand-me-downs

Odd News

Time To Deflate Photo

An African Bush Viper, possibly the same species that has morphed into the White House.


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