Nobel Nobel

Eye on the Prize, Number 11

You wouldn’t like it in Oslo in December. Weather is terrible. No worries. Your presence is not required:

North Korea’s U.N. envoy says denuclearization off negotiating table with United States

By Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 7 (Reuters) – North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Saturday that denuclearization is off the negotiating table with the United States and lengthy talks with Washington are not needed.

Ambassador Kim Song’s comment appeared to go further than North Korea’s earlier warning that discussions related to its nuclear weapons program, the central focus of U.S. engagement with North Korea in the past two years, might have to be taken off the table given Washington’s refusal to offer concessions.

Hey! There is still a shot at Mr. Congeniality. Then, maybe not.

This is your president speaking.

Number 234 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpThe Fake News Media is doing everything possible to belittle my VERY successful trip to London for NATO. I got along great with the NATO leaders, even getting them to pay $130 Billion a year more, & $400 Billion a year more in 3 years. No increase for U.S., only deep respect!

4:36 PM · Dec 4, 2019Twitter for iPhone

New Flash! The Fake News Media don’t have to do anything to belittle your trip to London for NATO. You have done that nicely.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 28 of a continuing series

That’s Congressman Devin Nunes, representing California District 22. He is on the House Intelligence Committee, and he is seen here in clips from The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. He is commenting on the scheme by the Ukrainian government to work against Donald Trump’s campaign for president in 2016 and to support campaign rival Hillary Clinton. We see him making such remarks multiple times.

The problem is this is the definition of breathtaking inanity. The notions Congressman Nunes continued to push during the committee session are completely at odds with known facts.

Yeah, Ukraine was not the country working to tip the scales in 2016. It was mother Russia, which fact Mr. Nunes and multiple Republican officials in the government choose to ignore. Was ever our breath so taken away.

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Eye on the Prize, Number 10

A reminder, the President of the United States is a deal maker:

North Korea snubs Trump, saying he hasn’t earned a new summit to ‘brag about’

November 18, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. CST

President Trump’s transactional approach to foreign policy assumes that everything has a price. The problem for him in his nuclear gamble with North Korea is that Kim Jong Un may not be buying.

In a blunt put-down Monday, North Korea rejected what a senior adviser to Kim called another “fruitless” one-on-one with Trump. It was the latest reminder that Trump’s open-door policy for bargaining with authoritarians means those leaders can slam the door in his face.

“We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us,” said Kim Kye Gwan, a veteran diplomat and Foreign Ministry adviser. “As we have got nothing in return, we will no longer gift the U.S. president with something he can brag about.”

Now aren’t you glad you didn’t vote for that Hillary woman?

The Ever-Diminishing List of Those Who Cannot Obtain Life Insurance at any Price

Number 25 in a series

The way it works is this. A rising star in the world of god worship (money worship, power worship, your findings may vary) runs out of room in the world of myth and magic and comes up against the hard reality of the physical world. So he needs to be replaced, and a new rising star takes his place. And the newbie suddenly finds it is impossible to obtain life insurance at any price.

ISIS names new leader as it confirms Baghdadi’s death

So, Mr. al-Hashimi al_Qurashi, welcome to the club. And for me will you please send my personal regrets to your insurance agent. May his name become legend around the bureau office.

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Eye on the Prize, Number 9

Next year for sure, Sweet Cheeks.

North Korea says it’s running out of patience with US

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday said it’s running out of patience with the United States over what it described as hostile policies and unilateral disarmament demands, and warned that a close personal relationship between the leaders alone wouldn’t be enough to prevent nuclear diplomacy from derailing.

In a statement published by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol said there has been no substantial progress in relations despite warm ties between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. He said the persisting hostility means “there can be the exchange of fire at any moment.”

I’m already making my reservations for Oslo. See you there, Mr. President. Or else in jail.

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Eye on the Prize, Number 7

World peace is finally within our grasp. What would we ever have done without Donald Trump?

US, North Korea break off nuclear talks: report

U.S. and North Korean negotiators broke off high-level nuclear talks after months of negotiations between the two countries.

Reuters reported Saturday that North Korea’s top official present for negotiations with the U.S. told reporters that the U.S. had brought nothing to the table for the latest round of talks.

“The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off,” Kim Myong Gil said.

Right now I’m making plans to journey to Oslo this December to watch the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee hang it around our president’s neck. And I am holding my breath until then.

This is your president speaking.

Number 216 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse!

The president’s tweet is in apparent response to another by Katie Hopkins:

20 hours in Stab-City UPDATE 2 stabbed to death 1 shot dead Three stabbed – but not dead. Wandsworth & Tower Hamlets This is Khan’s Londonistan.

Wow! killings in London, and the mayor is responsible. Killings in the United States, and the president is not responsible:

US leads the world in child gun deaths

(CNN) — Death by gunshot was the second-highest cause of death in the United States in 2016 among children and adolescents ages 1 to 19, according to a study released Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The mayor needs to get his act together.

This is your president speaking.

Number 215 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

Thank you Mr. Prime Minister, a great honor!

That is great news for the President of the United States, and for the people he serves so humbly. Apparently the need for humility is manifest.

Israeli Town Named After Trump Appears to be Fake News

But according to an article in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz and multiple reports in the Israeli press, it’s more Potemkin village than Trump Heights. No actual town or village has actually been founded at all. It appears to be little more than a PR stunt to curry favor with the President who continues to openly support Netanyahu as the country moves toward new elections in September. No money has been budgeted for the new town. Nor is there specific location. Indeed, there’s no commitment to build a town at all. The decision will be left to the government that takes power after the next election. In the words of Israeli journalist Barak Ravid: “A settlement by the name of “Trump Heights” or “Ramat Trump” doesn’t exist. It my exist in the future but the Israeli cabinet still hasn’t even decided to do it. For now there’s only a sign.“

The head of the Golan caucus in the Israeli Knesset, Zvi Hauser went even further: “Anyone who reads the fine print of the ‘historic’ decision understands that this is a conceptual decision. There is no funding. There is no planning. There is no location and there is really no committed decision.”

The ceremony seems to be an effort to further burnish the current government’s bond with President Trump who loves nothing more than a ribbon cutting ceremony with his name is shiny gold lettering. The decision to build a town may be taken later. Or it may never happen at all. For Trump the fine print doesn’t seem to matter.

May we all become humble.

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Eye on the Prize, Number 5

How about that Nobel Prize?

The Nobel Peace Prize (SwedishNorwegianNobels fredspris) is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel, along with the prizes in ChemistryPhysicsPhysiology or Medicine, and Literature. Since March 1901, it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses“.

Barack Obama won the Prize just for getting elected. Later this year we expect President Trump to make the trek to Oslo to get his.

Sources say that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un expressed his anger and frustration with the US following his failed summit with President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a North Korea-Russia summit in Vladivostok, Russia. CNN’s Brian Todd reports.

How about that Nobel Prize!

Maybe next year.

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How about that Nobel Prize?

The Nobel Peace Prize was established by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, and it is awarded each year on 10 December. In 2010 newly-elected President Barack Obama was the winner. This year it is expected that Donald J. Trump, our 45th president will be the recipient. Who would doubt this?

Since being elected president in 2016, Donald Trump has worked tirelessly to bring disparate factions together and to bring peace to war-torn regions. Most critically, he has teamed up with Supreme Exalted Dictator for life Kim Jong-un of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) to de-escalate the DPRK’s hostile intentions and it’s program to develop long-range missiles carrying nuclear warheads. For that we are eternally grateful.

Last week Mr. Trump leveraged his long-term friendship with Chairman Kim to convince him to dismantle the DPRK’s aggressive weapons program and to initiate real democracy and an enlightened human rights era in the DPRK.

This impressive accomplishment is not to be underrated.

The world is indebted to these selfless champions of world peace.

Cheers to our great American president, and blessed be the name of Chairman Kim.

And all the rest is bullshit.

Uncle Bye-Bye

Yes, it is a continuing series (9).

We return to the fascinating phenomenon of DPRK Supreme Exalted Leader for Life, Kim Jong-un, affectionately known as “Uncle Bye-Bye.” He’s called that because the last time a lot of people see him he’s telling them, “Bye-bye.” Forever. Take the case of Kim’s uncle and former protector, Jang Song Thaek, himself an uncle for life of Kim.

The image above shows the unfortunate uncle being helped to his feet and out of a meeting, presumably after being informed he would not be required to attend these meetings in the future, forever.

So that’s our featured character, focused, decisive, and final.

Which brings us to the case of adventurous American student Otto Wambier, who decided a few years ago to pay a visit to the worker’s paradise and failed upon entering Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, to notice the sign that read plainly, “Surrender all hope, ye who enter here.” Poor Otto had not been long in DPRK land before he decided it would be a great idea to steal a propaganda poster, just for a souvenir, realizing too late that the price would be his life.. I can only imagine the conversation before young Warmbier left for his last adventure:

“I’m going to the DPRK.”

“You’re going where?”

“To the DPRK. It’s going to be a great adventure.”

“Son, if you go there it’s possible the next American face you’re going to see is Dennis Rodman.”

“Wow!”

“Could be Bill Clinton.”

“Monica Lewinsky?”

“Dream on.”

In any event, Kim returned the Warmbiers’ son practically in a box. He died days after arriving back in the USA, never regaining consciousness. It’s a tragic lesson for anybody who thinks Kim is a stable human being. Even President Trump is aware of Kim’s deadly nature.

Except when he isn’t.

Full disclosure: President Trump’s first statement above is from the Los Angeles Times in 2017.

“There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life,” Trump said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.

“Otto’s fate deepens my administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency,” he continued. “The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

Winding down, let’s be clear on a few things. Kim Jong-un is a brutal dictator who has people killed on a whim. Anybody who take’s Kim’s word at face value is fool of the first kind or else a person of like kind. President Trump’s recent—and failed—attempt at cozying up to Kim in order to snatch an ounce of victory out of his failed governance should be apparent to all who are not of his ilk. People with good sense are counting the days before we are rid of this embarrassment. Kim, too.

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How about that Nobel Prize?

I just hate it when I screw up and people rub it in and never let me forget what a mess I made of things. People shouldn’t be that way.

Except, it’s so much fun when you can sit on the sidelines and watch some dirt bag screw up time after time, and you get to rub it in and force Trump supporters to eat shit and get it all over their faces. Call me Mr. Cruel.

That didn’t take long.

Screenshot New York Times on-line

From The New York Times:

HANOI, Vietnam — President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, abruptly ended their second summit meeting on Thursday after talks collapsed with the two leaders failing to agree on any steps toward nuclear disarmament or measures to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

“Sometimes you have to walk,” Mr. Trump said at an afternoon news conference in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

In case Trump supporters are suffering some kind of memory lapse, here is a reminder:

This is your president speaking.

Number 196 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse. He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket – an Economic one!

People, you need to listen to this man. He means what he says.

This is your President speaking.

Number 148

And now a few words from the President of the United States:’

We need a President who isn’t a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!

Truer words never came out of our president’s mouth:

Donald Trump bragged about himself to the United Nations. The UN laughed.

Updated 3:42 PM ET, Tue September 25, 2018

Which brings us to Tuesday morning — and Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” Trump said, as he does.

“So true,” said Trump, clearly caught by surprise by the laughter. “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK,” he added to more laughter and some applause.
To clarify

Diplomats Say They Were Definitely Laughing At Trump At The UN

Yes, if the world was not laughing at us before, they are now. Thank you, President Trump. In less than two years as President of the United States you have made the world laugh again.

Buyer’s Remorse

Number 33 in a series

Whatever happened to buyer’s remorse? You know about buyer’s remorse. It’s when you purchase something because it looks good in the store, but when you get it home you realize you got a bad deal. Some of that’s going around. Finally.

From ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, 26 July 2018, currently streaming on Hulu: Two years ago people voted for candidate Donald Trump in surprising numbers, despite his obvious lack of integrity and workable plans. We recall the towering promises he made, promises no living man could possibly fulfill. Actually, what no living woman could fulfill either, but that’s a story from a another day.

We see now-President Trump coming against some hard reality. In his campaign he reminded American workers, American  manufacturers, and American farmers they were getting a bad deal from other countries. Unfair trade deals were siphoning us dry, and President Trump, he told us, was going to fix all that. How is that working out?

Easy to say. Here’s the reality.

What do I know, but I had the notion that Congress was supposed to approve appropriations of $12 billion and up.

Here is the President in the American heartland urging farmers to wait, the promised land is just around the bend. He offers a new hat, as well.

Not to worry. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reassures us this is not a bailout. I guess the question is, “Then how do you spell bailout?”

Farmers in the heartland, who largely voted for candidate Trump, are telling ABC News they don’t want handouts. They just want access to markets.

That might not be forthcoming. The President’s unwise moves on trade have taken these farmers and also many manufacturers, out of some world markets, and other countries have moved in.

I’m hoping I’m beginning to see some signs of remorse, but then remorse does not pay the loan at the  bank.