Monday Open Comments

Israeli Flag at Masada

On May 14th, 69 years ago, President Truman recognized the State of Israel at 6:11 P.M. against the strident opposition of Secretary George Marshall and his State Department.  The entire American delegation and staff at the United Nations in New York threatened to resign. Harry Truman essentially told them all to go to hell.

On May 15th, the first full day of Israeli Independence, the armies and air forces of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan attacked the new nation, itself armed with small weapons, a few pieces of artillery, no tanks, no personnel carriers and no airplanes.

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74 thoughts on “Monday Open Comments

  1. Inside North Korea’s Accelerated Plan to Build a Viable Missile.
    Kim Jong Un has modernized the weapons program, sped test launches and forced Western leaders to worry more about Pyongyang’s intentions than ever.

    SEOUL—North Korea’s launch on Sunday of its most-sophisticated missile yet offered new clues into how serious the country is in its nuclear ambitions.

    In the past three years, North Korea has launched more major missiles than in the three previous decades combined.

    That acceleration is one of the most dramatic signs of leader Kim Jong Un’s push to overhaul the country’s weapons program since he took power in late 2011. He has modernized production of nuclear and missile parts, upgraded the program within the military hierarchy and overtly pampered engineers, forcing Western leaders to worry more about Pyongyang’s intentions than ever before.

    On Sunday, North Korea launched a newly developed intermediate-range missile, its 10th missile firing this year. Mr. Kim attended the test of the nuclear-capable missile and described it as a “perfect weapon system,” according to a state media report. Initial projections from several experts suggested it would be able to reach U.S. military forces in Guam.

  2. Great good morning Hamsters. Squeezed another cool morning out of that last front, 59 at 6 and plenty of ground mist. But today is the last one regrettably before the muglies invade.

    Good on Harry for giving ’em hell today in history.

  3. 3 Adee

    The State Dept. was a viper pit of jackasses and anti-Semites throughout the 20th century and nothing has changed. It remains to be seen whether Tillerson will be able to change that.

  4. People who think they are Jesus usually fail at the task.

    ‘He promised he would demonstrate his faith to us today, but he unfortunately ended up drowning and getting eaten by three large crocodiles in front of us.

    ‘We still don’t understand how this happened because he fasted and prayed the whole week. They finished him in a couple of minutes.

    ‘All that was left of him when they finished eating him is a pair of sandals and his underwear floating above the water.’

  5. Porn creep is something that I cover in my sexuality talk with my students each year. That term refers to how porn affects sexual relationships, usually with men but could affect women. The creeping expectations of sexual behavior in life to match the fantasies in porn tend to develop higher than possible expectations of their partners, eventually making sex with real life partners difficult. The immediacy of sexual gratification is another issue. If one can gratify oneself without a partner, why wait? And then, why at all?

    In this case, delayed gratification can greatly enhance a relationship.

    IMHO, any partner who uses porn is cheating on their loved one. It’s adultery without physical contact.

    I actually have kids ask “Well, how do you learn what to do with your spouse on the wedding night if you don’t have sex with others or watch porn before marriage?”

    Every dang year. /smh

    I reassure them that couples figure out what to do all the time. I point out that Adam and Eve had neither, and yet – here we are!

  6. Yes, Ms. Skunk is still under arrest awaiting arrival of the deportation officer (she’s being deported from my house). I would post photos, but that might infringe on her dignity, and since she’s black, it might be considered racist. Gotta consider things like that these days you know. You all have a good day, and I can wait to see what adventures are in store for me today.

  7. James Wood on Twitter….how I love his tweets!

    Cecile Richards ✔ @CecileRichards
    Nothing says “I love you, Mom!” like standing up for the right of mothers everywhere to get the care they need.

    James Woods ✔ @RealJamesWoods
    Hard to say “I love you, Mom” from a medical waste dumpster…

  8. And a brisk Good Morning to all ye Hamsters.

    Hmm, did I say that, or was it Iron Mary Cash?

  9. When you lose the support of Ann Coulter, some red flags should go up.

    I’ve heard some folks like to leave a football game in the first quarter, when their team is behind 7-0, figuring they’re gonna lose anyway.

  10. phil says:
    MAY 15, 2017 AT 10:32 AM

    When you lose the support of Ann Coulter, some red flags should go up.

    I’ve heard some folks like to leave a football game in the first quarter, when their team is behind 7-0, figuring they’re gonna lose anyway.

    Give up Phil.

    Its pretty obvious we’ve got Bush 3.0 in the oval office.

  11. Unfortunately acid tongue Ann, with whom I often agree, is still a female. I remember when she had a crush of the fat man from New Jersey before she decided to have a crush on Trump. She continues to base her opinions on feelings rather than on logic, so while her columns often make me feel better about things, they don’t cause me to think differently about things. In summary, who cares what Ann Coulter feels about anything?

  12. Coulter lives in her own world and runs her own game. Even though I frequently agree with her, I never rely on her for sage advice or really care who she supports from day to day. Ann’s primary goal is getting as much attention as she can – good or bad.

  13. Well, I’m pretty sure that things would be a lot better if we just had Hiliary, or John McCain, or Linda Graham, or Mitt Romney, or John Kerry, or ……..Algore

  14. I look at Coulter as a canary in the coal mine. Trump has so far done more for the right than the drunken she-witch could do in a lifetime. Has he hit 100%, H3ll wissin no. The perception that he is mostly caving as opposed to mostly winning is a creation of the LSM and all they have in the arsenal.
    That being said, there is lots of ground for improvement.

  15. El Gordo says:
    MAY 15, 2017 AT 11:02 AM
    Well, I’m pretty sure that things would be a lot better if we just had Hiliary, or John McCain, or Linda Graham, or Mitt Romney, or John Kerry, or ……..Algore

    Yah. Its freaking great. Wonderful. Magnificent. We should always accept somewhat crappy in order to not get crappy and never hope or try to get good.

    So I’ll just sit here like a good little conservative should and STFU.

  16. Exactly what the R-establishment sold us for 2 decades… My goodness where’s the duck tape.

  17. So I’ll just sit here like a good little conservative should and STFU.

    Bingo!! You hit the nail on the head Sarge.

    That’s precisely what the good little CON-servatives in office have been doing the last 30 years.

    That’s because deep down they’re 98% CON and 2% servative and you only see the servative side come re-election time.

    Swamp creatures through and through.

    Critical mass was achieved and they had a the hugest hand in delivering it. Rolled over and caved to every Demonrat whim.

    8 years a Hussein the Destroyer doormat.

    And they’re still losers and wimps cause that’s all they know how to be.

    Trump is the only one out there fighting while they’re still cowering in the corner.

    Just once I’d like to someone besides Trump tell Chief Baloney Salesman Schumer to STFU about his Russia freakin’ BSH#$$ and his special prosecutor.

    Or tell the same to Chuck Toad and the Goebbels on Steroids Media and his Russian propaganda bs line or just about anything else they constantly lie about.

    It’s hard for Trump to fly like an eagle when he’s surrounded by perennial, no flying, Butterball turkey losers who know no other way to be.

  18. Posted over yonder by a Friend…

    A union boss walks in from the factory next door and is about to order a beer when he sees a guy at the far end of the bar wearing a TRUMP “Make America Great Again” cap with two beers sitting in front of him.
    The union boss doesn’t need to be an Einstein to know that this guy is a Republican, so he shouts over to the bartender so loudly that everyone can hear, “Drinks for everyone in here, bartender…. but not for the Republican.”
    Soon after the drinks have been passed out, the Republican gives him a big smile, waves at him then says, “Thank you!” in an equally loud voice. This infuriates the union boss.
    After a few minutes, the union boss once again loudly orders drinks for everyone except the Republican. As before, this doesn’t seem to bother the Republican. He nods and smiles, and again yells, “Thank you!”
    A few more minutes pass and the union boss orders another round of drinks for everyone except the Republican.
    Just as before, this STILL doesn’t seem to faze the Republican who continues smiling and again yells out, “Thank you!!”
    Frustrated that he can’t seem to get the guy angered, the union boss asks the bartender, “What is wrong with that Republican? I’ve ordered three rounds of drinks for everyone in the bar but him, and all the dummy does is smile and thank me. Is he nuts…?”
    “Nope,” replies the bartender. “He owns the place.”
    ADVICE TO DEMOCRATS, LIBERALS AND ALL LEFTIES: WHEN YOUR HORSE DIES, IT’S TIME TO DISMOUNT.

  19. Trump never said he’d need anyone to be the great negotiator. Matter of fact, he led me to believe he was the only one who could.

    Now it’s still the media and the RINO’s in congress fault, CBS is saying now the White House staff is going to be shook up, so I guess it’s their fault too.

  20. That’s precisely what the good little CON-servatives in office have been doing the last 30 years.

    The only real Conservatives that have been in office in the last 30 years are Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.

  21. #27 Iron Mary Cash, I saw that posted over yonder, but the guy that walked in was a racist and the Bar owner was a Black Guy.

  22. So Powers Boothe croaks at the tender young age of 68, of natural causes?!? Who the F dies of natural causes at only 68 when getting good food and medical care is not an issue? I saw a picture and it looks like he was pickled from many years of heavy drinking and smoking. From what I have observed from my 57 short years in the meat sack, those who smoke and drink heavily usually do not live long.

  23. I think natural cause has become the number one cause of death. I think we need a law or FB campaigne or something. Probably a whole dang new fedral department.

  24. I see Phils problem. He’s got Conservatives confused with RINOs.

    And he thinks that Trump isn’t on the side of the RINOs.

  25. Once again I must explain.

    I see Phils problem. He’s got Conservatives confused with RINOs.

    Conservatives are the RINOs. Republicans are Republicans. Republicans cannot be RINOs. Who are Conservatives gonna vote for but Republicans? Lesser of two evils don’t yanno. Republicans cannot be RINOs. They can be Democrats hiding as Republicans, but cannot be called out even though we know that at times to vote they vote Democrat but they are still Republicans and the Republicans love em. Very seldom do you hear of a Democrat criticizing those “Republicans” but do not call them Democrats. Think Olympia Snow. Therefore the only true RINOs are Conservatives due to their voting patterns because 99% of the time Conservatives do not support what the Republicans are doing because the Republican only bring out the Conservative car from the garage around election time.

  26. #36 Sarge

    Well, consider the source is CNN, and that’s step one.
    Step two, repeat step one. Rinse.
    Step three, repeat step two.

  27. Once again I must explain.

    Then Phil doesn’t understand that Trump is a Republican. Those are the guys who at Con until election time.

  28. I think TT may have posted this article before or one that spoke of the same things; however: here it is again.

    HEADLINE: Moms: Your Kids Hijacked Your Brain for Life
    /snip
    Fetal Invasion and the Long Long Term
    Those aspects of how pregnancy changes the brain might not be too surprising, but this where things get weird. During pregnancy, the developing baby sloughs off cells, which take a ride through the placenta to a mother’s bloodstream. And then those cells are there, hanging out in the brain, bones, pancreas, wherever—some of them until mom dies. In rodents, scientists dyed some of those fetal-derived cells and saw that they had turned into fully-fledged neurons and integrated into parts of mom’s brain. For rodent mothers who’ve had boys, that means there were neurons with Y chromosomes in there.

    This is a new area of research, so scientists aren’t totally sure yet what the presence of these sneaker cells—called fetal microchimerism—means. One option is that they don’t really do anything interesting. But the other option, still a hypothesis for the most part, is pretty neat. A study that looked at the brains of people after they had passed away found that moms with more of their children’s cells in their brains were less likely to have anatomical signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The hypothesis from rodent studies is that the fetal cells might jump in and replace mom’s tissue, acting as a source of stem cells to replace mom’s old or diseased cells. Then again, other studies suggest that those cells just muck things up, causing immune responses. It’s a budding field.

    So, for wimminzes, having babies is a healthy thing and helps stave off alzheimers (maybe) and the evidence (in other articles) show that those wimminzes who abort or never conceive have higher rates of breast and other cancers.
    moral of the story: lets send more money to Planned Parenthood for the wimminzes, right?

    /sarc off

  29. In order for someone to serve in the highest office in the land, they must first be elected. In order to understand how someone is elected, you must understand the fundamentals of statistics. Fundamentally, regardless of the issue, if you conduct a scientific poll, the results, when charted, will form a so called “bell curve”; ie, outliers on both the left and the right with a large hump in the center representing where the majority of the subjects are located. If you then draw a line straight down through the center of the bell, half of the people will be on one side of that line and the other half will be on their side of the line. So, in order to win, one must attract a few voters from one side of the line to join their side of the line – either govern slightly to the right or to the left of the centerline. Trump won by being on the right side of the line in the right states to achieve victory. If he then turned hard right in governing, he would prove himself to be a liar to those who thought he was a centrist. Everybody who is elected is either a centrist or a liar. I frankly prefer a centrist over a liar. I love Ted Cruz, but he would not have won the general election. One of those other clowns might have won the general, but frankly I sort of doubt it. If Trump starts screwing up on major issues, I’ll join the crowd calling for his head. But so long as he’s merely driving the lefties insane, I’m good with that. As to the congresscritters, they have proven themselves totally useless. Regardless of whether they call themselves R or D, they are all in the same boat looking out for each other and enriching themselves at our expense. Obviously, there are always a few exceptions, but overall it seems to me that Trump has at least stemmed the tide of the march to the left that this country has experienced for the past 60 years or so – hard to turn it all around in 150 days. Given the alternatives, I’m hard pressed to be too critical of Trump thus far.

  30. A blind monkey would have beaten Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College.

    That’s why the Republicans made a deal with Trump.

  31. None of that was what he said.

    None of that is what got him elected.

    All of that is what the establishment told us for decades.

    All of that is why Trump got elected – because all of that was what the establishment had been spewing AFTER they got elected.

  32. A blind monkey would have beaten Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College

    Yes but up until and even on election night, Trump supposedly had no chance and no path to win the electoral college.

    Would the blind monkey have had a clearer path before the election?

    Would someone have thrown a banana peel on the path to enhance the blind monkey’s chance to win the electoral college and ultimately the presidency?

    Would the Russians have colluded with the blind monkey in an attempt to throw a monkey wrench into our electoral process?

    If so, would Chief Baloney Salesman Schumer have spanked the blind monkey and also spanked his monkey blind for monkeying around with our elections?

    Would James Clapper have stood and clapped upon seeing Chief Baloney Salesman Schumer spank his monkey blind?

    So many questions.

  33. Yes but up until and even on election night, Trump supposedly had no chance and no path to win the electoral college.

    Would the blind monkey have had a clearer path before the election?

    Would someone have thrown a banana peel on the path to enhance the blind monkey’s chance to win the electoral college and ultimately the presidency?

    Would the Russians have colluded with the blind monkey in an attempt to throw a monkey wrench into our electoral process?

    If so, would Chief Baloney Salesman Schumer have spanked the blind monkey and also spanked his monkey blind for monkeying around with our elections?

    Would James Clapper have stood and clapped upon seeing Chief Baloney Salesman Schumer spank his monkey blind?

    So many questions.

    That makes literally no sense at all.

    Ted Cruz would have won against Hillary.

    The Republicans didn’t want that. The last thing they wanted was a Conservative winning the election, especially if it was Cruz.

    If that had happened, they would have had to actually repeal Obamacare.

  34. #32 SD

    #27 Iron Mary Cash, I saw that posted over yonder, but the guy that walked in was a racist and the Bar owner was a Black Guy.

    Davey, my Friend must have cleaned the joke up for posting, or your Friend wanted the other version.
    🙂

  35. The Chron this afternoon delivered its May edition of Luxe Life, its high-style mag Vogue/New Yorker wanna be publication aimed at the high-income set in the Houston immediate world area. It did attract elegant advertising that likely nourished the company coffers, every page in full color.

    Can’t even hazard a guess how many recipients of this edition will really be interested in its contents. Mariposa will certainly not be unless there’s a page containing a cat food ad with a scratch and smell section.

  36. That makes literally no sense at all.

    You’re the one that stated a blind monkey could’ve won the EC against The ain’t no ways tired BillHilly.

    I was just proposing questions I would’ve had had a blind monkey actually run and won the presidency.

    I will tell you this, had a blind monkey run and won it would’ve made a believer out of me or as my sage old grandpa used to say…one man’s barrel of monkeys is another man’s barrel of monkey wrenches.

  37. 54

    That’s right Brother Squawk.

    You remember the rodeo clown that donned an Obama mask.

    Didn’t he get fired, sent to sensitivity training and then 2 years at a reeducation camp in Siberia?

  38. I just been popping in and out, I probably got trolled and the crowd is laughing. I mean we all listened to D_n Hatrick coming on the radio after getting elected politiciansplaining to us underlings, governing is hard folks. No way any of us would take that line and run with it, would they?

  39. It’s not too early to look at your representative and determine how effective he or she may have been in advancing your agenda. Did they vote for Paul Ryan for speaker? If you are unhappy, there is something you can work with. Do you call, write, and otherwise harass your representative and senator?I hear that sometimes works but I’m not certain that I believe it. Why have all those former conservative Houston representatives turned into establishment stooges? I often see people advising us to correspond with our rep in a polite matter – BS, they are reprehensible weasels and need to know what you think – not how you feel, but what you think, in your firmest tone. Did they vote for that continuing resolution – if so, why? Is government shutdown really a bad thing? Sitting here complaining about the world according to Hambone really won’t go very far in moving the needle, but it is a start. Don’t forget that you heard it from the skunkmaster.

  40. Don’t forget that you heard it from the skunkmaster.

    That cracks me up. Skunkmaster is a name for a medical marijuana distributor out of California. Wow I never knew..
    El “Chapo” Gordo

  41. No I voted Trump after knowing better cause I fell for it. What I’m on Hambone complaining about is people now refusing to see none of it was true, not blaming the guy who said he would rattle every cage till it all fell apart, but talking down to me explaining bells and having to get the other side of the aisle to go along before we can get a freaking thing done.

    *Edit “undone”

  42. GJT
    My stance on Trump is still ambivalence. From one point I can see where the man has honestly attempted to do what he said he was going to do. He has rolled back a butt load of Obama stuff. Much of what he wants he needs the cooperation of a Republican Congress and Senate. So I cannot fault him for falling short on other issues because he does not have a sympathetic Congress/Senate. On the other hand he has committed unpardonable sins.

    As for knowing better about voting for Trump I blame the rest of the country. They summarily removed the only conservatives in the primaries. I do not blame Trump. Like any other American he has the opportunity to become president. Unfortunately our society likes NIGYSOB as a platform plank. Trump did articulate his desires but he also played the game that we all know and love so well.

    I cannot buy into writing him off by taking solace that “Hey it could have been Hillary”. That just chills my stuff. Sadly we still have the Kevin Bradys and John McCains in office. I voted against Brady (AGAIN) but alas the majority of the people decided that people like me are wrong. Till deadwood like those guys get swiped out of office even Reagan would be hamstrung and hogtied.

  43. When Trump won the nomination, conservatism lost and it lost big. That saddens me because in the past everytime conservatism was tried it won. We live in a screwy country and there is no place to hide

  44. Reagan would be in this same place, so would Cruz. Trump said he was going to go in and wreck the place. That was the where I was at, That was where the people now explaining to me bells and how hard governing is were.

    Brady didn’t change, Culberson didn’t change, Ryan didn’t change, I didn’t change. I can’t stand her but Coulter didn’t change. Trump did, and now I guess some of his believers have as well.

  45. And finally it is my STRONG opinion that the reason why most people do not like Trump is because of personality.

    /oh boy this oughta be even more fun

  46. GJT

    I am in no way hard core defending Trump. I think he realized something I said a long time ago, he is only one piece, the executive branch. He discovered he has a legislative branch to contend with. So yeah I suppose he did change.

    Trump is a deal maker, he always will be and for him getting a piece of what he wants is a win, no matter if we the people lose. And that has bothered me about him from day 1 that he announced.

  47. #61 – I’m not talking down to anyone, and the idea that the majority, the eReps, need to reach across the aisle has never occurred to me. Reaching across the aisle as a Rep is a deadly sin as far as I am concerned. I’m only talking about winning a vote with a measurable population participating in the election. I’ve been saying it even before the last election that the eReps would be the downfall of this President if left to their own devices. We know where the Dems stand – it’s the linguini spined eReps that are failing us. And it all starts with leadership, both in the House and the Senate. Those weasels are a threat to all that remains good about this country. Until we the voters start turning these weasels out to pasture, nothing will change.

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