What’s it take to wake the sleeping giant? — Iran lied about its nuclear program, eh? What else is new? Many observers in the West have expressed strong suspicions for many months about Iran’s dogged and hidden pursuit of making us glow in the dark.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is offering convincing evidence – half a ton of documents Israel has purloined from the Iranians and numerous recorded CDs – to back up his assertion that Iran cheated and continues to do so on the 2015 Iran nuclear nonproliferation deal.
What more does President Donald Trump need by the deadline two weeks from now to trash the deal that his predecessor blindly signed?
It’s way too early to crank up the Nobel chatter — South Korean President Moon Jae-in reportedly has suggested that President Trump should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Trump’s efforts to unify Korea.
Moon’s comment came after what Korea-watchers are calling a historic summit on Friday that brought the South Korean chief executive together with North Korea’s madman dictator Kim Jong Un. They supposedly agreed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
But before we get all warm and fuzzy inside, perhaps we ought to wait for the other shoe to drop – and odds are that it will hit the floor somewhere north of the DMZ. After all, this is international politics at its best (or worst). Too bad we can’t get Great Britain’s appeaser-in-chief, Neville Chamberlain, to weigh in on this “historic summit” between the two Koreas.
In case you forgot (or never learned it in the first place): Chamberlain was the British prime minister who signed the so-called Munich Agreement in 1938, giving up the region of Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler so the latter would stop his Nazi aggression into Europe. Well, that didn’t happen.
Chamberlain died a year before Pearl Harbor, so he never lived to see the folly of the Munich accord. The United States had to jump into World War II to deliver TKO punches to both Hitler and to Emperor Hirohito of Japan so the black cloud of planet-wide totalitarianism could evaporate.
Forecast: Stormy, with little chance of feathernesting – Stormy Daniels has filed yet another lawsuit against President Donald Trump, this time alleging defamation of character over for a tweet in which the sometimes brazen president stated that a forensic sketch of a man who allegedly threatened Daniels in 2011 was “a total con job.”
According to NBC and other news outlets, Daniels (aka Stephani Clifford) claims she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 and was warned by an unidentified man to keep quiet about it five years later, after she granted an interview to a gossip magazine. This latest lawsuit piles on the original one aimed at dissolving a confidentiality agreement Daniels signed days before the 2016 election, in exchange for $130,000.
Sorry, ol’ girl. You latest lawsuit has no more merit than the original action. Why? Because you’re a public figure. You cast yourself into the national spotlight, opening yourself up to whatever slings and arrows might come your way – from any direction.
Bad news, and more bad news – Bloomberg is reporting that the U.S. Treasury Department borrowed $488 billion from January through March — a record high for the quarter. Our central government just can’t seem to get a handle on what it takes to balance a budget.
Meanwhile, The Associated Press is reporting that crude-oil prices are about to top $70 a barrel — the highest level in more than three years. That means drivers can expect to continue paying even more at the nation’s filling stations. The U.S. daily national average for regular gasoline stands at $2.81 per gallon — up from about $2.39 a gallon a year ago, according to the Oil Price Information Service. In various spots across the land, 13 percent of gasoline stations are charging $3 per gallon or more, according to the American Automobile Association. So, forget riding any wave of prosperity from the federal income-tax cut. What Trump giveth, the greedy private sector mired in crony capitalism taketh away. (We won’t even touch on what’s happening to food prices here.)
Finally, if the fried food don’t getcha, the weedkiller will. Internal documents obtained by the Manchester Guardian show the federal Food and Drug Administration has found it difficult to identify any food on U.S tables or in restaurants that does not carry traces of glyphosate, which is used in pesticides and weedkillers. Only broccoli tested glyphosate-free. Back in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. Guess it’s time to go on a broccoli-and-water diet.
How NOT to get laughs from an audience — By now, you’ve likely heard all about gutter celebrity Michelle Wolf and how she tore up last weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner with her offensive, deplorable and demeaning one-liners.
The so-called comedian would be better characterized as a “lamebrained doodoo-mouth.” Who needs her? Or her wretched and raunchy rhetoric?
Goes double for so-called funny folks Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Seth Meyers, Rosie O’Donnell, David Alan Grier and others who worship at the trough of demeaning, hurtful un-comedy.