Quips, quotes, queries, qualms and quarrels regarding American politics, politicians, foreign policy and public accountability with particular attention to Drumpfen-putz Administration, the Drumpf Crime Family and the Mueller investigation.
Every day, it's another gigantic faux pas for our
apprentice president. Now, he's calling for the elimination of due process in
addressing the issue of immigration and granting of asylum. Trump has spent
much of his adult life skirting the law and breaking the law when it suited
him. He has always been a scoff-law and one who thought nothing of violating
conventions, social mores and legal contracts. It seems that Mr Trump now
consider the Constitution and the Rule of Law as impediments to his agenda of
This is simply unacceptable and quite obviously intolerable behavior from the
sitting president. It is long past time to call for his removal from office.
The consequences of inaction seems dire. The consequences of Trump's
impeachmentand the prospect of a Pence
presidency (however short-lived it might be) one the other, when compared to
the utter and possibly irreparable harm Trump is doing to international
alliances and allegiance to the Rule of Law, are less troublesome.
Caught between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, we should choose to get our
feet wet rather than to submit the soul of our nation to the ravages of the
Drumpf's Amerikkka has left the UN
Human Rights Council, stating that the Council did not protect human rights and
in fact, shielded those nation who are culpable of human rights offenses. A perverted
marriage of nonsense that would flabbergast Lewis Caroll, Franz Kafka and
George Orwell combined.
Pompeo puffed that the Council was an “exercise
in shameless hypocrisy, with many of the world’s worst human rights abuses
going ignored, and some of the world’s most serious offenders sitting on the
“The only thing worse than a council that does almost
nothing to protect human rights is a council that covers for human rights
abuses, and is therefore an obstacle to progress and an impediment to change.”
Of course, it was, in reality, the UN's chiding of Israel for murdering Palestinians
that actually provoked this lamentable action.
While the UN HRC has (to put it diplomatically) some rather dubious members - most
of the nations which sit on the current council have putrid records of systematically
violating human rights - the purpose of
the Council is undeniably a proper one.
A touch of bitter-sweet self-effacing
satire is provided, however, by the publicly announced resignation.
To wit: By leaving the Council for
these admitted reasons, the US is declaring that they have no enduring power and
effect no influence on the structure or actions of the Council. Curious, that.
The 9 nations which the US - the wealthiest and most powerful nation in history
- could not influence are (get this...) Burundi, Egypt, Rwanda, Cuba,
Venezuela, China, India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. These are
the member states which comprise the UNHCR as of Sep 21, 2017 (according to The
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and India are all aligned with the US
as allies. That's half the Council.
Moreover, Burundi, Rwanda and Cuba are on no one's list of most powerful influential
One would rightfully figure that
Cuba would align with China. Venezuela would be opposed to the policies on US on
That makes a minority of 3 on a Council of 10 and Nikki Haley and the weight of
the US could not sway or influence the UNHRC.
Twaddle, of course.
Smoke and strobe lights.
"Make America Feckless
Again" seems to be the standing order of the Drumpf mis-administration.
Ineffectual, impotent, enfeebled and
(the word of the hour) feckless.
Question: Has the US ever formally recognized the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)?
Answer: No... According to Quora;'North Korea, independent since 1948, is
not recognized by five UN members: France, Israel, Japan, South Korea, United
States; and one non-UN member: Taiwan. Seoul and the Republic of Korea claims
to be the legitimate Government of all Korea.',
So... how can POTUS meet with the leader of a nation
that the USA does not even recognize as legitimate? Do any treaties (or joint
statements) have any legal merit at all? Or has all brouhaha and folderol been
nothing but a shadow play?
Tonight on 'Celebrity Apprentice', Young Kim Jong-un,
in his first appearance on LIVE global television will accept the challenge to
stand toe-to-toe and jowl-to-jowl with a spray-tan dotard in a piss-stained wig
of spun silk.
Thinking - dreading
- that I might be experiencing the onset of arthritis, I went to see an
orthopedic surgeon in his private clinic. I had no appointment but saw the
doctor right away. I told him my concerns; he did a brief examination of my
hand, testing flexibility and range of motion and sensitivity. He immediately
wrote out a prescription for X-rays, a blood test and an analgesic for
discomfort. He told one to go to the hospital and that he'd know more after
seeing the X-rays.
So, off I walked to the hospital, a small private one, where I've been a
patient. I register, pay my fee (more on that later) and am handed a series of
vouchers after my national health care IC-card was read, the information
gleaned and new data inputted.
One voucher was for the blood test; my number is called nearly as I pulled the waiting-number
from the machine. Off I was sent to X-rays. I have barely enough time to call
my wife to tell her I'm at the hospital for tests, when the X-ray tech beckons
me to enter. Five minutes later, the X-rays taken (two views of both hands),
I'm off to the pharmacy for my meds. I go directly to the counter, present my
voucher and am given a packet with the prescribed analgesics in less time than
one can say 'socialized medicine'.
Back I walk to my doctor's clinic where I'm forced to wait a full five minutes
(harrumph) before I'm ushered into the examination room where I see my X-rays
from the hospital visit displayed on the doctor's computer screen. The doctor
has already consulted them and gives me the good news; all the joints of my
hands are clear. There is no sign of arthritis. He then recommends a thrice-daily
treatment of hot water soak followed by application of an analgesic gel. The
accompanying nurses hand me tube of the gel and I head for home, a happier man.
All of this was accomplished in about an hour - the round-trip walk from the
private clinic to the hospital took about twenty minutes.
As for the cost - the X-rays, blood work and meds cost NT$380; the private
consultation with my surgeon cost me another NT$300 for a total of NT$680 which
at today's exchange rate is...
wait for it...
And I'm not even a
citizen - just a registered alien.