Trump Compounds Obama’s Terrible Error in Yemen

The Wall Street Journal reports on increased U.S. support for the war on Yemen:

The Trump administration has significantly increased military support for Sunni Arab states fighting al Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias in Yemen, said U.S. and Arab officials, drawing the U.S. deeper into the two-year civil war there.

American support now includes greater intelligence and logistical support for the militaries of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, these officials said.

The Trump administration also is moving to resume the sale of precision-guided weapons to Saudi Arabia, which were frozen during the final months of the Obama administration due to concerns about the rising numbers of civilian fatalities in Yemen.

Giving the coalition even more support further encourages and rewards the worst behavior of the Saudis and their allies, and it shows that the administration’s Iran obsession is leading it to escalate the worst Obama-era policy for all the wrong reasons. The administration’s Iran hawks support a policy that will do enormous harm to the people of Yemen and involve us in an atrocious war, but it will not reduce Iranian influence in the region. It will only make the region less stable, fuel sectarian hatreds, and strengthen jihadists as they take advantage of the situation. Republican hawks berated Obama for his treatment of regional clients, and many have called for having “no daylight” between them and the U.S. This is what “no daylight” looks like in practice: indulging and enabling their most destructive behavior and making the U.S. complicit in their crimes.

The report is somewhat misleading about the coalition campaign, almost all of which is focused on fighting the Houthi/Saleh alliance and virtually none of which has been aimed at Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The Houthis still receive only limited support from Iran, so to call them “Iranian-backed” suggests that there is far more Iranian involvement and influence than there is. Insofar as Trump administration officials accept the coalition line about “Iranian expansionism” in Yemen, they are letting themselves be played for fools. If they think that the coalition will suddenly take more of an interest in combating AQAP in the future, they are kidding themselves.

Support for the war on Yemen was arguably Obama’s greatest foreign policy blunder, and now Trump is starting off his presidency by compounding Obama’s terrible error with even more support for the Saudi-led coalition.

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Hillary’s going to need some ice to put on this burn from Joe Biden

**Written by Doug Powers

Just because Joe Biden is out of office doesn’t mean he’s retired from the zinger game:

“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” he said. “I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won.”

“I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president,” Biden continued.

Biden explained that he didn’t regret the time he was able to spend with his son Beau Biden, who later died after battling cancer.

“But do I regret not being president? Yes,” Biden said. “I was the best qualified.”

Ouch! By “best qualified” Joe might mean that he knows where Wisconsin is. In any case, so much for Biden being chosen to be future Dem presidential nominee Chelsea Clinton’s running mate.

*****

To make Hillary’s day even worse, Disney World is installing “mechanical Trump” in the Hall of Presidents:

Rumor has is Disney World’s constructing a “mechanical Hillary” that will wander around Enchanted Forest.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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Dear Mr President

Dear Mr. President
Denial. We’d rather make jokes about it, but in our most sober of moments, the ones we try to have when we are alone, without mirrors to our feelings of hopelessness or terror, in these moments we understand with deadly clarity the power to destroy as well as heal belongs most to denial, for denial is an enemy that we invite behind our carefully maintained walls. Denial is our frenemy. Here in America our government has been selling our great nation to the highest bidder. I’ll get to the how in a minute. Shoot, we have plenty of time to armchair quarterback this one; but before I do, let’s at least agree that we all knew about this. I cannot imagine anyone doesn’t agree with me that since President Carter spent his last day in the White House, the richest people in the world have been allowed to join forces to become a force that has become a law unto itself, and that that thing has relentlessly, and without a shred of mercy, thrown itself upon America, and savaged our people, our land, and our lives. If we don’t agree on that, well, then nothing I say to you is going to change your mind. But, c’mon, let down your denial. Deep down, maybe not so deep, you know I’m right.
Glass Steagall, union busting, the FCC act of 1996, antitrust law restructuring, executive order powers, ALL foreign trade agreements. Let’s just look at the first of these scourges and the last (we don’t have THAT much time). Glass Steagall was a law that simply put, forbade banks from becoming directly involved in trading stocks and futures. Either you understand that one or you don’t. Hillary voted to remove Glass Steagall, an act passed in the wake of the failure of 5000 banks during the depression that worked right up until the time it was removed by a majority of nearly the entire congress and senate (senator Bernie Sanders being nearly a lone crusader filibustering for nearly 30 hours alone against removal). It’s gone now pardners! And promptly all the banks failed! WHO KNEW!!! Yeah. Now, what’s damned important to know about this, is that you signed yourself and ALL of your family, present day to the unknown future to a damned bank note, yes a loan agreement, to PAY for that bit of daylight robbery. People try to make this complicated, but many the prosecutor has come forward to offer prosecution for this rank con game, but many are those who have taken a bit of that tainted money to say ringingly “that’s NOT on the table!”.
Now trade agreements. I’ll make this real simple, why would you, or I, or Joe the rag man go to the poorest part of town, to people with the least resources, and a history of burgling your business, looking for a partner!!!???? What’s that all about? What got into us that when those men and women of our very own government sold us into slavery, yes I said it slavery. What else will or seem like when those who will never know you call the shots for America with the alternative being foreclosure? You know and fear foreclosure. We all do. The lights go off, accompanied by the water, gas, and Internet. The ATM card doesn’t work, and a tow truck shows up to repossess your car. Your card has been declined. And here folks, capricious, fickle denial will skip off happily with all your stuff leaving you with…well, nothing.
What I fear most is that we will never have the courage to look at lives that have been foreclosed upon. I fear we are so weak that we will endorse our children’s slavery as the 18th and 19th Welsh and Scottish coal miners did; offering them up to our lords, and lairds, cringing, begging not to have our dignifying fig leaf of denial stripped away.
They say support our president. Tens of thousands are saying support our president; angry unto rage over the overt attacks on the president’s stumbles. What I said, and say again, is save your president. He needs your help. Let tens of thousands of people send this article, this message to our president at @realdonaldteump. Soon. He can only hear the voices inside the beltway, and if he is a good man, he will come out and meet us. Meet our families. See the destruction that has been wrought upon us by the globalists. Share this, or call your aunt Hattie, or just send it yourself to @realdonaldtrump.
Hear us Mr. President! Help us to find our way, and we will give you the light to find it.
Signed
The Deplorables

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Newborn Baby Girl Rescued After She Was Buried Alive by Her Parents Who Wanted a Boy

Discrimination against girls through abortion and infanticide is rampant in India.

This week, the India Times reported another horrifying abuse case where a newborn baby girl allegedly was buried alive by her parents, likely because she was a girl. According to the report, the family already had five older daughters.

Someone rescued the baby girl on Saturday in the Jajpur district of Odisha, India after seeing her feet move above the ground, according to the report. Authorities said the newborn girl immediately was taken to the hospital; her umbilical cord still was attached. None of the reports indicate if charges have been filed against the parents.

Here’s more from The Indian Express:

“An ASHA worker of Anjira panchayat came to the CHC with the rescued baby girl. The newborn is believed to be between 04 and 06 hours old. The girl was in a critical condition. We immediately started her treatment and stabilised her condition,” said Chintamani Mishra, Medical officer of Dharmasala CHC.

“The baby was buried upside down. She was wrapped in a cloth. We found two small feet above the ground and believed that the baby was alive,” said Alok Ranjan Rout, who rescued the infant.

In the past few years, other reports of girls being buried alive by their families also have surfaced in India. In 2012, the BBC reported the father and uncle of a newborn girl were arrested after they allegedly tried to bury the girl alive in Pilkhua, India. In that case, a graveyard caretaker rescued the girl.

Experts estimate millions of girls are missing in India due to sex-selection abortions and infanticide. Culturally, girls often are viewed as financial burdens because of dowries and other practices.

The 2011 India census data shows there are 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under age 7 – the most unbalanced gender ratios in the world, according to the BBC. In some parts of the country, the problem is even worse. For example, in the Indian state of Tiruvannamalai, men outnumber women at a ratio of 1,000 to 878.

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Discrimination against girls has become such a huge problem in India that doctors are prohibited from telling parents the sex of their unborn baby. However, the practice still occurs.

Some research suggests that wealth, not poverty, may be linked to gender discrimination. A 2016 analysis of the data by India Spend found that the per capita income in India rose nearly 10 times at the same time as the ratio of boys to girls dropped.

The analysis found that the wealthiest states in India tended to have the most disproportionate ratios of boys to girls. For example, Delhi has the second highest per capita income but its ratio of boys to girls is 1,000 to 896, according to the report.

According to the report, one explanation could be that wealthier families can afford ultrasounds and tests to determine whether the unborn baby is a boy or girl.

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Good Punctuation Can Sure Save A Lot of Money

“Punctuation Saves Lives,” goes the tagline to a meme you might have seen. Above it appear two sentences:

“Let’s eat Grandma!”

“Let’s eat, Grandma!”

Droll, very droll. But commas are no laughing matter to the Maine company Oakhurst Dairy or to the workers who sued it for unpaid overtime. Ten million dollars might now change hands because of a simple comma—or rather the lack of one.

The case turned on what is known as the serial, or Oxford, comma—the comma that (sometimes) precedes the last item in a series, as in: “Ted bought a house, a car, and a boat.”

Some people hold that such a sentence needs two commas: one after “house” and one after “car.” The second comma is the Oxford comma. But others contend the sentence should have only one comma (after “house”) and that a second comma would be superfluous.

For the remainder of the column, these two groups shall be referred to as (1) Oxford comma proponents and (2) people who should burn in hell.

To see why, consider this tweet from writer Justin Hendrix: “When @LouiseMensch reported on the FISA tap, she included details that implicated Putin’s own daughters, Carter Page and Paul Manafort.”

Former Trump aide Paul Manafort is alleged to have links to Vladimir Putin. But this is the first time anyone has ever suggested he and Trump adviser Carter Page are Putin’s daughters. An Oxford comma would have made it clear that the details implicated (a) Putin’s daughters, (b) Page, and (c) Manafort.

A New York Times reporter recently provided another (fictitious) example of the confusion that can arise when the Oxford comma is omitted: “I’d like to thank my parents, Mother Teresa and the pope.” That would make for quite a scandal.

Unfortunately, many news organizations have decided to omit the Oxford comma, although some of them grudgingly permit it in cases where confusion might arise. But that only creates more confusion: First because it looks inconsistent, and second because there is bound to be confusion about whether certain cases might cause confusion.

Confusion certainly arose in the Oakhurst Dairy case. (Oops. Make that “the case involving Oakhurst Dairy,” since just about every grocery store in the country has a dairy case.)

According to Maine law, overtime rules do not apply to:

The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:

(1) Agricultural produce;

(2) Meat and fish products; and

(3) Perishable foods.

This can mean one of two things:

(a) Overtime rules do not apply to packing carried out for the purpose of shipping or distribution.

(b) Overtime rules do not apply either to packing carried out for the purpose of shipping, or to distribution.

If you drive a truck that delivers perishable dairy products, this distinction makes a big difference, because while you do the distribution, you don’t do the packing. So your legal claim to overtime pay hangs on exactly what the legislature intended.

Unfortunately, the legislative intent is hard to discern from the text of the statute, because the Maine legislature abjures the Oxford comma. If the legislature used the Oxford comma—and used it consistently, not inconsistently the way many news outlets do—then its meaning would be plain. A comma would prove whether the lawmakers meant “packing for shipment or distribution” or “packing for shipment, or distribution.”

A lower court ruled in favor of the company. An appeals court reversed that decision and found in favor of the drivers because the lack of a comma rendered the sentence unclear.

You might think that qualifies as the most expensive comma question ever, but it doesn’t. That honor belongs to an errant comma inserted in an 1872 tariff act. Because of the comma’s placement, fruit importers successfully argued that fruit was exempt from U.S. tariffs, and American taxpayers had to cough up $2 million, which comes to roughly $40 million in today’s dollars.

So perhaps good punctuation does not literally save lives. But it can sure save a lot of money.

This column originally appeared at the Richmond Times-Dispatch

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State sends dead teen bill to fix guardrail

LOUDON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — A Loudon County father who lost his daughter in a car crash said she would be alive today if it wasn’t for the guardrail she hit.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation acknowledged the guardrails are unsafe and has started to correct the problem.

Hannah Eimers was just 17 years old and had her whole life ahead of her.

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Jared Kushner named to another position in the Trump administration

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will head up the new White House office of American Innovation, White House officials confirmed  Sunday.

“We can confirm we are making an announcement tomorrow to establish the White House office of American Innovation and look forward to sharing additional details,” the official said.

Kushner and a team of former business executives will focus on utilizing business ideas to improve government stagnation, according to the Washington Post. It will also reportedly consider privatizing some existing bureaucratic functions.

“We should have excellence in government,” Kushner said Sunday. “The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”

Trump  said that Kushner and his team would have full authority to fulfill campaign promises such as reforming the office of Veterans Affairs and developing more efficient technology and data infrastructure for government agencies.

“All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump told The Washington Post in a statement. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”

The team was designed to shake things up, using tried-and-true business models from business executives with little-to-no political experience instead of stale government ideas to run the country. According to The Post, the team will focus on technology and data, and will work with business tech giants like Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff and Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk will also work with the group, which has already met with more than 100 leaders and government officials.

Although some leaders consulting with the team have not agreed with Trump’s previous policies, including the immigration executive order, they are eager to join forces.

“Obviously, it has to be done with corresponding values and principles. We don’t agree on everything,” said Benioff, who was a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “I’m hopeful that Jared will be collaborative with our industry in moving this forward. When I talk to him, he does remind me of a lot of the young, scrappy entrepreneurs that I invest in in their 30s.”

Kushner will report directly to Trump. Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the president hopes to bring his own business achievements to the public sector.

“He recognized where the government has struggled with certain projects and he was someone in the private sector who was able to come in and bring the resources and creativity needed and ultimately execute in an efficient, cost-effective, way,” Hicks said. “In some respects, this is an extension of some of the highlights of the president’s career.”

 

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Watch: Interview between Ted Koppel and Sean Hannity gets heated

On Sunday’s episode of “CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS News aired a featured story by Ted Koppel that included a clip of a heated interview between Fox News host Sean Hannity and Koppel.

Koppel’s story was about the significant political divide currently facing the United States, which Koppel believes to be a serious and potentially dangerous problem. During one section of the interview, Koppel interviewed Hannity at Fox News’ studios, and things got feisty between the two popular news hosts.

Koppel leveled a charge against opinion news shows like the one Hannity hosts in prime time, to which Hannity responded, “We have to give some credit to the American people that they’re somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show,” Hannity said. “You’re cynical.”

“I am cynical,” said Koppel.

“Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?”

“Yeah.”

“You do? Really?”

“In the long haul I think you and all these opinion shows—”

“That’s sad, Ted. That’s sad.”

“No, you know why? Because you’re very good at what you do, and because you have attracted a significantly more influential—”

“You are selling the American people short.”

“No, let me finish the sentence before you do that.”

“I’m listening. With all due respect. Take the floor.”

“You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”

Hannity would later write on Twitter that CBS News edited out many of the examples Hannity gave to Koppel showing why he believes “journalism is dead” and that “liberalism has failed.”

“Fake ‘edited’ news,” Hannity wrote about the clip that aired. “I gave a [sic] example after example of why I say ‘journalism is dead’. I also gave many examples of how liberalism has failed.”

Fake “edited” news. I gave a example after example of why I say “journalism is dead”. I also gave many examples of how liberalism has failed https://t.co/prynzE2yLQ

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 26, 2017

Hannity also called on CBS News to release the entire interview, which he says lasted 45 minutes, so people can see the truth.

“‘Fake Edited News’ @CBSNews release the Unedited [sic] 45 minute interview so people can see the BS games you play in the edit room,” wrote Hannity. “I dare you!”

“Fake Edited News” @CBSNews release the Unedited 45 minute interview so people can see the BS games you play in the edit room. I dare you! https://t.co/prynzE2yLQ

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 26, 2017

Hannity claims he repeatedly asked Koppel during the interview to keep important statements Hannity made throughout the interview in the final cut, statements Hannity says did not appear in the version CBS aired.

“Funny behind the scenes After I answered the first question, Ted said ‘none of that will air’. So I kept saying ‘Ted u need to keep this in,’” Hannity wrote.

Funny behind the scenes After I answered the first question, Ted said “none of that will air”. So I kept saying “Ted u need to keep this in” https://t.co/137pQ8GfLC

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 26, 2017

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Freedom Caucus Members: Health Care Debate ‘Isn’t Over’

In the aftermath of the House GOP’s health care bill being pulled from a vote Friday, conservatives vowed to continue working with the fractured Republican conference toward health care reform.

“This is not the end of the debate,” Mark Meadows, a Republican from North Carolina and chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said on ABC’s “This Week.” President Donald Trump, he added, “will deliver” on health care reform.

Republicans had scheduled a long-awaited vote Friday on the American Health Care Act, a bill that would have partially repealed Obamacare. But after failing to win the support of members of the Freedom Caucus, along with some centrist Republicans, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill.

The Freedom Caucus is a group of roughly 40 conservative lawmakers in the House. Its members, including Meadows, vocally opposed the proposal because they didn’t believe it would lower insurance premiums, among other concerns. The bill had the support of Ryan and the Trump administration.

Trump initially blamed Democrats for the defeat, suggesting he understood the Freedom Caucus’ opposition.

“This is a hard time for them,” he said of the Freedom Caucus. “This is a hard vote.”

But on Sunday, Trump shifted to lay blame on the Freedom Caucus and outside conservative groups who opposed the legislation, including The Heritage Foundation and Club for Growth.

Trump tweeted on Sunday:

Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2017

“Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!”

The Heritage Foundation is the parent organization of The Daily Signal. Its lobbying affiliate, Heritage Action for America, formally opposed the repeal and replace bill brought forth by Ryan and the White House.

Responding to Trump’s tweet, Meadows, who played an integral role in the negotiation process said, “If [Democrats] are applauding, they shouldn’t.”

.@RepMarkMeadows tells @GStephanopoulos “this is not the end” of health care debate: Pres. Trump “will deliver.” https://t.co/CrakR00Ixk pic.twitter.com/o0oK4OMDok

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) March 26, 2017

“Conversations in the last 48 hours,” Meadows added, “are really about how we come together in the Republican conference and try to get this over the finish line.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the GOP’s health care defeat “a victory for the American people.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, called on the factions of the Republican conference to unite.

“Let’s stop doing the blame game and get back to work and do what we told the American people we were going to accomplish, which is repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered health care program,” Jordan said on “Fox News Sunday.”

The Freedom Caucus, Jordan added, did the country “a favor” in opposing the bill because it “didn’t repeal Obamacare.”

It is unclear whether the GOP will be able to fulfill its promise to repeal and replace Obamacare before Congress moves onto other legislative priorities such as tax reform.

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, a former Republican senator from South Carolina, responded to Trump’s allegation in a series of tweets.

“.@POTUS Unfortunately experts agreed AHCA wouldn’t truly repeal Obamacare & lower premiums, agree with you we can now get better bill,” DeMint tweeted.

.@POTUS Unfortunately experts agreed AHCA wouldn’t truly repeal Obamacare & lower premiums, agree with you we can now get better bill

— Jim DeMint (@JimDeMint) March 26, 2017

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., another member of the Freedom Caucus, took to Twitter Sunday to respond to Trump’s allegation that blocking the American Health Care Act  “saved Planned Parenthood.”

“I take it GOP leadership still hasn’t told Trump the [Planned Parenthood] provision was a 1 [year] bait and switch? See page 23 of [Congressional Budget Office report],” Massie said.

I take it GOP leadership still hasn’t told Trump the PP provision was a 1yr bait and switch? See page 23 of CBO https://t.co/O9cGKQeqzb https://t.co/yKVPG1UvHe

— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 26, 2017

Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said it is now incumbent on Republicans to “find some consensus.”

“It’s incumbent upon those two groups, the conservatives and the moderates, to come together, hopefully in the coming days, to find some consensus, to present something to the president that certainly not only gets him 216 votes, but, hopefully, 235 votes,” Meadows said.

“To put a stake in it today would not be accurate, and nor would be the narrative that this is a great failure for the president.”

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Liberty University, Liberty Counsel Named in Lesbian’s Lawsuit Over Ex-Partner’s Escape From Country With Daughter

Miller and Isabella Liberty University and the religious liberties organization Liberty Counsel have been named in a revived parental kidnapping lawsuit that had been placed on hold while one of the defendants in the case was on trial. “We were surprised to learn that we’ve brought back into a case that we’ve previously been dismissed out of,” David…

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