Saturday, February 24, 2018

Jonah and the Whale and the war that never ends

Recently there’s been a massive uproar on gun control in America, why not the same uproar on America bombing other countries!!!


There's a huge refusal in the United States to take an honest look in the mirror.

In Iraq, the war drags on with the Islamic State killing 2 police officers in Khabbaz oil field and kidnapping five people near Shirqat.

On the topic of ISIS, they plundered a Mosul tomb in 2015.  Now archaeologists have made discoveries at the site.  Harry Pettit (DAILY MAIL) reports:

ISIS' destruction of the biblical tomb of Jonah has revealed a once opulent palace and inscriptions detailing the life of an Assyrian King.
Seven clay tablets, found in a palace hidden under the Tomb of Jonah in the northern city of Mosul, describe the rule of a king named Esarhaddon.
The inscriptions describe Esarhaddon as 'king of the world', and claim he rebuilt the ancient cities of Babylon and Esagil during his reign.
They also lay out the man's family history, giving scientists fresh insight into the ancient royal bloodline of Assyria.
The tablets were found in four tunnels dug by ISIS looters looking for Assyrian treasure beneath the Tomb of Jonah, a shrine sacred to both Christians and Muslims.
The site was blown up by the terror group during its occupation of Mosul from June 2014 until January 2017, when the city was retaken by Iraqi forces.
Archaeologists picking through ancient rubble left behind by the group found a previously undiscovered palace containing white marble murals of bulls, stone statues of demi-goddesses and seven marble inscriptions.

A more recent discovery?

That the US has no plan to end the Iraq War.

Oliver Knox (YAHOO NEWS) reports:

President Trump has all the legal authority he needs to keep U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq indefinitely, the Pentagon and State Department said in a pair of letters released on Thursday. The letters also warned that the United States reserves the right to take military action to defend its anti-ISIS allies in Syria, potentially setting the stage for new clashes with regime forces and their Russian partners.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., to whom the letters were addressed, sharply criticized the administration’s reasoning and said in a statement that Trump risks “acting like a king by unilaterally starting a war.”
Borrowing arguments first advanced by the Obama administration, the Pentagon and State Department argued that the undeclared war on ISIS — and the presence of some 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and 5,200 more in Iraq — is legal under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the 2002 AUMF that set the stage for the invasion of Iraq. In late January, the Trump administration signaled that it would not seek a new vote to authorize the mission in Syria.

That part about the argument first being advanced by Barack?  Somehow Joe Gould (DEFENSE NEWS) misses that part of the story.

The following community sites updated:

  • 'Why so many mass shootings? Because our society is in a state of collapse' (Margaret Kimberley)

    Some Tweets from journalist Margaret Kimberley:

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    I’m paraphrasing but this is what Obama said to . “I’m sorry for your loss but f**k you.” In 8 years Obama DOJ only prosecuted 2 cops. The one who killed was not one of them. He is still on the force and got overtime pay for appearing in court.
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    it's still kind of incredible how much liberals are committing to the "Black liberation is a Russian plot and always has been" line
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    "I think what happens is white people get to be everything. They get to be victims. They get to be heroes. And black people continue to be criminalized for our moments of courage." This video is less than 3 minutes long and absolutely worth watching:
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    IMAGINE: A massive effort to impact the election using social media data mining, spending millions of dollars to get Trump elected. ...The British company that did it is Cambridge Analytica. Not Russians.
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    I was quite disappointed when Jill Stein took to pushing the “Bernie Revolution” shtick. I get that he was on the lefter side of what anyone running as a Dem had on offer, but revolutionary he ain’t.
  • I'm always skeptical about these reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Does anyone have information about it.
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    Here to tell everyone that Bernie Sanders doesn't believe the sh*t he's spewing about Russia. Bernie knows that Russia didn't cheat him or wanted him or Trump over Clinton. Bernie thinks he can get a chance to lead Democrats by playing ball. Sadly they'll cheat him again in 2020
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    Some white people disagreed with my prediction that armed teachers would shoot black students... but over 100 pieces of hate mail later, I feel like they've proved my point for me. Here's some of the lowlights. (by )
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    As you read this tweet, Turkey has surrounded, with its navy, a large part of the Republic of and is threatening to launch another military invasion of the island. Despite that, there is silence from the world. Idiocy over Turkey has cost lives - and thousands of them.
  • Still sheepdogging. And for what. The dems won't let him get anywhere near the nomination. What a dope.
  • Face it. is a chump.
  • Glen Ford explained the why of after Las Vegas. Same applies for Florida school shooting. White supremacy is the answer but read his entire analysis.
  • “The idea that this deeply dysfunctional, chaotic, anarchic state called the United States of America has anything at all to teach the rest of us as to how we should organize our societies is not just absurd it is deeply offensive.”
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    America makes these monsters, but it doesn't want to take the blame or fix the conditions that make these monsters.
  • Why so many mass shootings? Because our society is in a state of collapse.
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    Remember when you killed Abdulrahman al-Awlaki?
  • I wouldn't want to touch Erdogan either.
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    Once is liberated from Al-Qaeda, the world will see the same response from its inhabitants as the world saw once East Aleppo was liberated: jubilation. And, like with East Aleppo, East Ghouta will serve as another testimony about the facade that is the White Helmets.
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    As I write, Turkish forces are massacring civilians in while Al-Qaeda is massacring civilians in Damascus from their positions in . Despite those atrocities, there is silence from US and UK politicians and journalists. Deplorable and unforgivable.
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    Medium is a publish platform, not a news paper. They are censoring conservatives for their politics. This is wrong, and it’s merely a matter of time before they censor more people.
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    caitlin is right on syria. those who supported Al Qaeda and its affiliates will not be treated kindly by history.
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    I rather be homeless or even a “Russian bot” than sell my soul for a pathetic job on selling pussyhatters war propaganda. Stop LYING, asshole. Karma will haunt you one day. Enough with these evil regime changes.
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    No bigger conspiracy theorists than those who desperately believe that is true despite the lack of any solid evidence and take as an article of faith the word of terrorists that Assad has used CW.
  • I knew Mother Jones had gone down hill. But now their liberals are calling for censorship. Shameful.