The Turkish/Kurd war is moving swiftly. Roughly a week old and the worst is becoming apparent.
Stories abound of roadside executions. Kurds tied, made to kneel, and then shot. Not once. Not by one person. Many times by many Turkish soldiers.
The slaughter was predicted even before the war began. Trump did not listen. Or if he did, he did not care. A Kurd military leader is reported to have said to certain U.S. leaders this past week, “You are leaving us to be slaughtered.”
A week and 100,000 persons displaced. How many more as time moves on.Some estimates are 200,000 more for a total of 300,000.
Woe the adjoining countries. Woe Turkey. Woe Trump. There is enough blame to go around and it will go around.
Something difficult to understand here. Trump has the 1,000 U.S. troops pulled out. Knowing full well the disaster that will befall the Kurds.
Last week had another military announcement of consequence. Trump’s administration announced the U.S. was sending more troops and fighter jets to Saudi Arabia. Thousands of more troops and 2 squadrons of fighter jets.
There is a strangeness involved. Since May, the U.S. has sent 11,000 troops to Saudi Arabia. Three thousand in the last month alone.
U.S. warmongers say Iran is “clearly responsible.” Cited in support is a claimed attack last month on oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia. Another reason is that the U.S. wants to have a “robust military capacity” in the region to respond to any crisis.
Something is wrong here. Quickly forgotten the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the dismembering of his body. Forgotten also that our friends the Saudis gave us $4 a gallon gasoline several years ago. Topped with 15 of the 9/11 perpetrators having been Saudi citizens.
Trump acting in typical fashion. Forgetting the U.S.’s “real friends” and seeking the friendship of nations led by despots.
Some quotes/sayings out there that have application today.
Mark Twain: “It’s easier to fool the people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
Fact check says Twain may not have said it. However they do not claim that he actually did not or another did. They are just not sure. Whereas most do attribute the statement to Twain.
I set forth the quote to identify one of the reasons that the same percentage continues to support Trump.
Then there is Bill Murray who said, “It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.”
Respectfully, Trump is lacking in intelligence.
A saying that has been bouncing around Florida for a few years which I believe has application to the White House and those that work within its walls: “Florida must have the highest rate of kindergarten dropouts.” Delete “Florida” and replace with “The White House.”
Another saying involves “ignorance taken to a whole new level.” Our present leader has turned ignorance into an art form.
The entire world seems to accept that politicians lie. Especially when they fail to deliver on campaign promises. The public seems to accept the situation. Pols are given a free pass.
No more in the City of Las Margaritas in Mexico.
The farm citizens were pissed the Mayor failed to deliver on campaign promises. Like failure to improve roads, and bring drinking water and electricity to their community.
They kidnapped the Mayor, tied him to the back end of a pick-up truck, and dragged him through the streets. Fortunately, he suffered no serious injuries.
A mob followed the pick up truck. Yelling in support of the Mayor’s punishment.
Imagine the outcome if such began happening to some of our politicians who fail to deliver on promises. I am not subscribing to the method. It might work, however.
I did go out last night! Finally! Only for 2 1/2 hours, however.
Joined Tammy for a manicure. We had an interesting chat as she worked on me.
The beginning of Fantasy Fest is friday. Goombay. We agreed that the first 2 days of Fantasy Fest known as Goombay are a family event.
The conversation then turned to business. She told me the same thing that Lori who does my hair has told me over the years. Both have “local businesses.” They do not depend on tourists.
When there is a slow season tourist wise, their customers cannot afford hair and nail treatment. Their incomes are down.
However, as soon as there is a big weekend or week, business booms the following week. The ladies have money! Money to attend to their personal needs.
Tammy and Lori plan accordingly.
Stopped at the Chart Room. In and out. Packed. No room to even stand. Half the crowd appear to be bikers.
Drove down Duval to look at the bikes parked along the curb. No bikes. Actually City had parking area fenced off so no bikes could park. Apparently a City/biker feud.
Intended to have dinner at La Trattoria. Packed, also.
Decided to go home and make a sandwich. Instead stopped at Outback. Last time there 2 years ago. Half empty. Enjoyed a light meal, watched football and baseball, and chatted with a lovely waitress. Tasha from Poland. Here 5 years. Lovely. We talked about diets. She just lost 18 pounds.
Roughly 10 years ago, Donna Barnett took me as her guest to see The Rocky Horror Show at the Waterfront Playhouse. Great show!
The show returns this week for a 7 day run. October 19-25.
I look forward to “seeing” the show again. Perhaps with Donna and Terri.
Today is Sunday. Sloan due at 1. Several things to be worked on.
Enjoy your Sunday!