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Sunday, June 19, 2016 ISSUE #873

Weekly Comments:  Questions, questions, and more questions

Who are you going to believe? 

President Obama announced that ISIS is shrinking and its power and influence is diminishing. Two days later his Director of the CIA essentially said ISIS is expanding its influence, including training terrorists to sneak into the US with Syrian refugees or to cross the border from Mexico.

          Do fifty career diplomats in the State Department know more about the success of our policy in Syria and Iraq than the President? Even the Secretary of State is not sure.

          Are walls effective?  Maybe it depends on how high.  If 7 feet is not high enough, how about 11-feet 8-inches?  This is not about the “Trump Wall” with Mexico, which Secretary Clinton and President Obama dismiss as useless. No, this “wall” is the fence around the White House, which Obama decided would be more effective if it was a few feet higher.

          What is the root cause of the massacre in Orlando? Donald Trump quickly blamed the Orlando slaughter on radical Islamism.  President Obama and Secretary Clinton got in a huddle and discussed options. “We previously blamed a video. We don’t believe in radical Islamic terrorism. Let’s blame it on guns and hatred of gays.”

         What if the killer had targeted Disney World instead of a gay nightclub? Every night Disney has fireworks. He could have shot a hundred before the crowd even realized it was not just the sound of fireworks.

          What if the killer had made a bomb and set it off, either at the nightclub or a crowded entrance to Disney?

        I bet ISIS is telling all the potential “home-grown” Islamic terrorist killers, “Don’t use a bomb. Don’t use poison. Use a gun that looks like an assault rifle. They’ll blame the gun, not us.”

Historic quote by Will Rogers:

(Automatic weapons, ie. machine guns, were essentially banned nine years after Will wrote this.)

“You know what has been the cause of the big increase in murders? It’s been the manufacture of the automatic pistol… The automatic pistol is as much more dangerous and destructive than the old Six-Shooter, as poison gas is over perfume.” WA #145. Sept. 20, 1925

Note: Cleveland Cavaliers gave the city their first championship in 52 years, Cavaliers over Golden State Warriors, 93-89. First NBA team to come back from a 3-1 deficit.

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