The Jury Talks Back

7/18/2019

USS Boxer Destroys Iranian Drone In Strait of Hormuz

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 2:35 pm

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From President Trump:

“The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a near distance, approximately 1000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down threatening safety of ship and ship’s crew.”

The president added that Iran’s drone “was immediately destroyed.”

Trump said the drone’s approach of the Boxer is “the latest of many provocative and hostile actions against vessels operating in international waters.”

He said the United States “reserves [the] right to defend our personnel, facilities, condemn iran’s (sic) attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.”

Trump also called “on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the straight and work with us in the future.”

Here is the Pentagon’s statement:

At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz.

A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew[.]

The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, is part of a build-up of Navy ships in the region following Iran shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone and the seizure of a foreign oil tanker by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

And in further news about the U.S. and Iran: Contrary to chatter, President Trump said today that he has not appointed Rand Paul to serve as an emissary to Iran. He did say, however, that he respects the Kentucky senator and would listen to any ideas he has about increasing tensions in the region. Further, President Trump also disputed talk that he had plans to send an emissary to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

–Dana

President Trump: Boy, I Sure Didn’t Like That ‘Send Her Back’ Chanting Last Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 1:07 pm

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You’ve got to be kidding me! Has he seen the video??

[Ed. This is a full clip of his comments focusing on Rep. Omar, which is worth watching as you can clearly see his intentional build up in his attacks on her. You can start at the 3:38 mark for the shorter version]:

My immediate reaction to his claim is, why didn’t he interrupt his supporters and explain to them that we don’t deport U.S. citizens? And that is what he was asked by reporters about the “Send her back” chant:

“I was not happy with it. I disagree with it,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

The chant began as the president made a litany of attacks on Omar, part of his days-long onslaught against a group of four minority, progressive Democratic congresswomen.

Asked why he did not stop the chants, Trump responded, “I think I did. I started speaking very quickly.”

The president did not speak up to stop the refrain. After the chants began, he paused for 14 seconds, looked around with a neutral expression and waited for the crowd to quiet down before continuing his remarks.

Trump also said that he did not chant “send her back”.

And speaking of Rep. Ilhan Omar, she was approached by reporters today outside of the capitol and decided to block traffic on Independence Avenue so that she could answer their questions. She responded to questions about the “Send her back” chant at Trump’s rally last night:

“I am not [scared for my safety.] What I’m scared for is the safety for people who share my identity,” Omar told a gaggle of journalists on Thursday.

“This is not about me. This is about fighting for what this country should be and what it deserves to be.”

She also accused the president of being “a racist” and “a fascist”.

Meh. I can’t stomach either one of them. They’re both grifters in it for themselves.

Anyway, I’ll leave you with something to make you roll your eyes: The View’s Joy Behar asks her fellow members of the brain trust why Trump can’t be brought up on charges of hate speech following last night’s rally:

America.

–Dana

GOP Congressman: ‘I’m A Person Of Color’, ‘Time To Stop Fixating On Our Differences’

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 6:10 am

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This happened while the House was considering a resolution to condemn Trump’s weekend tweets:

Ahead of Tuesday’s House vote to condemn as racist recent tweets by President Donald Trump about four Democratic congresswomen of color, a white Republican congressman asserted that he is a “person of color.”

“I think we’re going way beyond the pale right now. They talk about people of color. I’m a person of color. I’m white. I’m an Anglo-Saxon,” Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., said in an interview with Vice News on Tuesday. [“People say things all the time, but I don’t get offended,” Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Mike Kelly told VICE News before the blowup over Pelosi’s comments. “‘With a name like Mike Kelly you can’t be from any place else but Ireland.’”]

Kelly did not walk back his comments Wednesday, but instead said “It’s time to stop fixating on our difference.”

“My broader point in the five-minute long exchange was apparently lost, so let me say it again,” Kelly said in a statement to the Washington Post. “It’s time to stop fixating on our differences — particularly our superficial ones — and focus on what unites us.

“Attempts by Democrats and the media to divide and define us by race are harmful to our nation’s strength. We need to elevate our level of discussion, and I believe most Americans agree,” he concluded in the statement.

–Dana


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