Big oil, plastics & yeah… Syria @ WTF @ 4/12

 

Let’s just skip the preliminaries this week and jump right in to it. I got some stuff to say and I mean to say it…

Right here and now!

Killing us slowly but surely…

On April 4, 2016 Alberta-based TransCanada Corp said it had shut down its Keystone pipeline after leaking oil was seen near a pump station in South Dakota. TransCanada initially reported to federal authorities that only about 187 gallons were spilled.

A week later (4/8),  TransCanada says  nearly 17,000 gallons of oil had leaked in South Dakota since Saturday. A the time they had also told CNN Money that they had “yet to pinpoint the source.”

Let that sink in for a moment.

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This news just adds even more fuel to the argument that the Bamster order halting the continuance of the Keystone pipeline through America should be continued and not rescinded by a Trumptonian executive order as well as that maybe the Dakota Access pipeline seriously does need to be halted and reevaluated. At the time it was thought the incident might  bode more than just a minor inconvenience for TransCanada, which was trying to justify its desire for the 4,600-kilometer (approximately 2858 miles) Energy East pipeline (Image 1) it wanted to construct across Canada. That pipeline would send oil from Western Canada and North Western United States to Eastern Canada… specifically from Saskatchewan AND North Dakota (Again!) to refineries and port terminals in New Brunswick. As of March 29, 2017, the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) Hearing Panel said it would finally review the Energy East project along with the proposed Eastern Mainline project.

While, TransCanada had said, “Crews initially found visible signs of oil on a small surface area,” other reports indicated (and later verified) that it was a citizen walking in the area that saw the oil leak and reported the potential environmentally deleterious and grievous incident.

If true, then the problem is more serious than is so far being reported… which has been minimal at best as far as the main stream media was concerned (and still is for the most part: See the poor reporting they have done on more recent oil pipeline news)… because that would mean that TransCanada Corp highly vaunted leak detection system had (has?) bugs in it that obviously failed to do its primary job… detect failures in the system and obvious leaks.

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Just to review, and to remind ya’ll, Keystone is a pipeline that was approved by Canadian and U.S. regulators before it began commercial operations in June 2010. Its initial volumes were about 500,000 barrels of heavy crude per day from Alberta to Oklahoma. The pipeline eventually was expanded so that Alberta’s oilsands production could be sent to refineries on the Gulf coast of Texas. The ultimate completion of the “new and improved” Keystone XL  was stopped after tumultuous efforts by environmentalists, the public and concerned professionals convinced the Bamster to halt its construction. The original Keystone pipeline (see Image 2) however still exists and it (Phase 1) runs through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois, and then (Phase 2) runs through Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma, and, finally, (Phase 3) from Oklahoma to Texas.

Trumpty Dumpty has already, as indicated above, signed an Executive Order just days into his administration that effectively revived the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines. Then, on March 24th, he said he had granted a permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

TransCanada sealed off a section of the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota after a local landowner… not the company’s state-of-the-art equipment… detected the spill. (Photo: Courtesy TransCanada)

This oil spill was not the first incident on Keystone. Keystone reportedly recorded 35 leaks in its first year alone, including a spill of 21,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota. And, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration claims Keystone is an unsafe operation due to the fact that there had been up to 62 incidents regarding the pipeline which included “multiple anomalies” near St. Louis, Missouri. Once again, evidence that oil pipelines threatens and could poison drinking and irrigation water as well as crop land around a vital waterway that serves millions of people… just like the Sioux have been claiming all along regarding the Dakota Access pipeline.

And, once again, Trumpty’s administration has jumped before it managed to look, think or care and is now further immersed in what appears to be an elephant led turnover of our country’s environmental welfare to the greedy interests of corporate piggies. If, this continues the planet‘s further pollution and we the peoples’ continuance of  being destined to living in an ever growing poisonous land and being forced to ingest food stuffs and inhaling air that are more and more dangerous to our health and well-being is all but signed, sealed and delivered… lest wise as  long as Trumpty, et. al. is in power.

Making matters worse is the reality that this will be a further burden to our country’s sickening, sad and putrid health care system as well as eventually over stuffing the health insurance company’s and Big Pharma’s pockets.

All at we the peoples’ expense in every way imaginable.

Another way Big Oil is killing us softly with their song…

Now…

Think about this…

The raw materials for today’s plastics come from many places… but… most plastics are made from the hydrocarbons that are readily available in natural gas, oil and coal.

That plastic bag inside of your cereal box… plastic… most likely made from oil. Almost every piece of plastic you use or see every day… more than likely… made from oil. Your clothes… unless they are made from a naturally sourced fabric… cotton, wool, silk… they are probably made partly or entirely from oil.

Now, grok this… microfibers that get washed into our water ways and ultimately our oceans can come from many sources… things like fishing nets, bottle caps, packaging and plastics bags… but… they can also originate from a wide variety of textiles… nylon, polyester, rayon, acrylic and spandex. Or, things that almost all of us wear in one form or another every damn day. Things like workout and athletic clothing, fleece apparel, shirts, pants, etc…

Things that eventually need to be washed.

When we launder our clothes that are made from synthetics made primarily from oil, microfibers are released in the wash. The problem is that microfibers from synthetics don’t biodegrade… at least not for a very, very, very, very long time.

According to a 2012 article posted on the Algalita Marine Research Foundation website: “Although we don’t usually think of polyester fabrics as plastic per se, polyester is nonetheless a plastic material synthesized from crude oil and natural gas. And, like other plastics, polyester is a long polymer chain, making it non-biodegradable in any practical human scale of time, especially in the ocean because of the cooler temperatures.”

Instead, they add to the ever-increasing problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and other bodies of water.

In November 2011, Environmental Science & Technology, reported that a single polyester item of clothing that is washed can produce more than 1,900 fibers in one washing. And, “Every article tested produced more than 100 microfibers per liter of wastewater.”

That fleece hoodie you wore the last time it got chilly? The worst offender.

Now, here’s the rub… when microfiber pollution… from any oil based plastic source…  gets into our oceans it mixes with zooplankton which is a primary food source for fish and other seas creatures that can wind up on many dinner tables or in pet foods. Once we, or our pets, eat that oceanic food source we, or our pets, are now infested (infected?) with microfibers.

What essentially happens when an aquatic animal consumes microfibers… or plastic in any form… is that either the microfibers themselves can be digested and absorbed into the seagoing creatures flesh or a residue of the chemicals used to manufacture plastic can hitch a ride into the creature’s gut and these too can be absorbed into the flesh. Either way, it’s not a very good scenario.

In an abstract from Scientific Reports.com (published in 2015) researchers sampled fish and shellfish form public markets in California and Indonesia and examined their stomach contents and found large quantities of anthropogenic debris in the some of the animal’s stomachs. In English…  anthropogenic debris is debris cause by humans… or we the peoples. In Indonesia, they found human caused debris in 28% of individual fish and in 55% of all species. And, California they found human caused debris in the in 25% of individual fish. 33% of the individual shellfish and in 67% of all species.

All the anthropogenic debris recovered from fish in Indonesia was plastic pieces in one form or another.

Interestingly, and maybe very significantly, the anthropogenic debris recovered from fish in the California were mostly microfibers. While the researchers can’t be sure… they did not have the use of the proper equipment to confirm the material type… if the California fibers were synthetic or natural, it can probably be assumed a fair amount of the fibers were plastic or oil based fibers.

Let me repeat… the researchers found human caused debris or waste in the digestive tracts of more than 25% of the fish and shellfish sampled. And… this is where it becomes entirely more important… all were marketed for we the people to buy for our dinner tables.

The study also reported, “… there are more than 200 wastewater treatment plants discharging billions of liters of treated final effluent just offshore in California. Even though treatment results in a reduction of many contaminants, synthetic fibers from washing machines can remain in sewage effluent, (WTF’s emphasis) and may be delivered to aquatic habitats in large concentrations via wastewater outfalls… we might expect that billions of fibers are discarded into the Pacific Ocean from wastewater treatment plants in California every day.”

A previous 2014 abstract published online at PubMed.gov (US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health study) found significant amounts of microplastic in the digestive tracts of guts of European shellfish. The abstract refrained from stating these shellfish posed a health threat if consumed but did say the shellfish “could pose a threat to food safety.”

In the case of oysters and mussels the microplastic… be it fibers or otherwise doesn’t need to migrate from the digestive tract into the flesh… people tend to eat the entire organism, including the digestive tract.

And from the website “The Salt What’s On Your Plate” on your table” a December 13th piece reported that a research group found that “Plastics… when they end up in the ocean… are a sponge for chemicals already out there.  We found that when the plastic interacts with the juices in the (fish) stomach, the chemicals come off (the) plastic and are transferred into the bloodstream or tissue.”

They also concluded, “A lot of people are eating seafood all the time, and fish are eating plastic all the time, so I think that’s a problem.”

Microfiber pollution in oysters?

So what’s it all about Alfie?

Plastics and how they can be used… especially in creation of textiles and the manufacture of clothing and other things we used daily… back packs, travel bags, rugs, etc… is another humongous reason why the big desire exists to transport oil cheaply all over the place. It ain’t just fuel.

The argument from the oil industry can easily be summarized… if we don’t have easy and bountiful access to oil then industries and the jobs they provide all throughout America will suffer… yes, from fuel needs, but more importantly, from the textile plants, to clothing manufacturers, to wholesalers and retailers selling these things that people need daily that can be made from oil based products exceedingly more cheaply than natural based products.

So… what’s a poor we the people to do?

AHHHHH… fortunately… I hold the key to that reality.

HEMP!

Just like the dude told Dustin Hoffman in the Graduate “plastics”, I am telling you… “Hemp!”

Hemp plastic is an affordable bio based natural fiber composite that can totally utilized to replace oil based raw materials.

According to Wiki… “Hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation, mulch, animal bedding and biofuel.”

Hemp can also be consumed by people… NO! not to get stoned… but… “Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted or made into dried sprout powder. The leaves of the hemp plant can be consumed raw in salads.”

Hemp can also be made into a liquid and used for baking or for beverages such as milk, juice and tea. The oil from the seeds can be cold-pressed and is high in unsaturated fats

And, if the THC content… the ingredient that gets peeps high… is below a certain level…  “with proper licensing and proof of less than 0.2% THC concentration (for European importers, in the U.S. it needs to be 0.0%)” … it can be consumed by most folks without worries.

Wiki says, “In the U.S., imported hemp can be used legally in food products and as of 2000, was typically sold in health food stores or through mail order.”

Hemp is the word… and… maybe… even does a body good.

So, Big Oil… put that in your pipe and smoke it.

And… oh, yeah… while, I’m at it… Big Oil… Fuck off!

Just my opinion… but…

It would be remiss of me not to spend time on arguably the biggest news of the last week or so… Trumpty Dumpty’s authorization to launch missiles into Syrian airspace and bomb one of their military airbases.

I want to get a few things straight right off the get go…

I have no answers to the Syria civil war that has been going on for way too long, a war that has caused way too many needless deaths and has forced the Syrian people to suffer through hell itself with many Syrians trying to escape the war-torn land by mass emigration to wherever they possibly could… essentially, to any country that would allow them refugee status.

I believe Syria would be much better off without Bashar al-Assad as its president. But, I also believe the alternative… the rebels or some other religiously aligned group… would not be all that much better… fair and righteous… for the Syrian people.

I believe Assad has used unethical and tortuous means to hold his rule over Syria and has resorted to the use of outlawed methods of warfare… including chemical weapons… against those who oppose his presidency.

But, I am not convinced he was responsible for the deaths of Syrians… including many children…  who were killed in the most recent incident where chemicals were the cause of most of those deaths

That is what I believe I know…

That facts as I have seen from the news media sources and the internet…

Syrian government planes conducted an airstrike against the rebel-held city of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib province and somehow a “poisonous gas” was released that directly caused the deaths of at least 86 Syrian citizens including at least 10 very young children.

The Syrian government swiftly denied dropping chemical weapons. Russia, its ally, said a Syrian air strike had hit a rebel-held weapons stockpile, releasing deadly chemicals into the air.

Leaders in the West condemned the regime and many countries around the world condemned Assad’s government for using a chemically loaded bomb against the Syrian people.

Trumpty Dumpty declared that his view of Syria and its dictator had changed, but, initially, declined to say what he would do about it.

The Syrian Coalition, an umbrella opposition group, referred to the suspected chemical attack as a “crime similar to that in Eastern Ghouta in 2013 that the international community allowed to pass without accountability or punishment.”

Within days Trumpty did a 180 degree turn from his previous stance on the Syrian civil war and said he was “moved” by the vision of the children who had suffered and died from the chemicals that were released at Khan Sheikhoun. He intimated this was the primary reason and ultimate justification as he issued a statement from his Florida estate that said, “Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air base in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

The day after the U.S. attacked Ash Sha’irat air base in Syria a Trumpty official said that as many as 20 Syrian aircraft were destroyed in the airstrikes but added that the missiles did not target every aircraft at the base and that the runway was untouched.

The U.S. Ambassador to the UN said the attack was “fully justified” because the “moral stain of the Assad regime could no longer go unanswered.”

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. did not discuss the military strike with Russian President Vladimir Putin or political leadership in Moscow either before or after it occurred.

BUT… U.S. military officials said they had communicated with its Russian counterpart to minimize any chance of Russian causalities who might be operating out of the targeted air base.

In an interview Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Col. Steve Ganyard, an ABC News contributor and a retired Marine Corps fighter pilot said that “the message has been sent” and then added “We’ll just have to see how Assad reacts to this.”

In the aftermath, these issues come to mind…

Ganyard’s thought first…

Russia has already vowed to help bulk up Syria’s air defenses, as the Kremlin accused the U.S. of breaking “international law” by launching a deadly missile attack against an airfield Thursday night.

A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement that said measures to beef up defenses would be completed in short order shortly to “protect the most sensitive Syrian infrastructure facilities.”

Assad authorized and his military carried out an attack on Syrian civilians within days of the U.S. bombing the Syrian military airfield.  What exactly does that tell you?

In my opinion… the U.S. accomplished squat by attacking that airfield.

In fact, we pissed off people who didn’t need to be pissed off. A lot of that support from our friendly countries? Especially our European partners? It will fade. Particularly, if we get further involved in Syria that involves committing troops and materials to conduct a “police action.”

Can he, or can’t he?

Various political peeps on both sides of the aisle said Trumpty needed to get congressional approval before he could wage, and/or sustain, an attack on the Assad led Syrian regime.

Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) said, “While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked.”

So much for Trumpty’s assessment that America’s national security was at stake.

Rand added “The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate. Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer, and Syria will be no different.”

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sided with Paul’s assessment of the situation as he said, “(Trump) can use military force in defense of US. But attacking #Assad regime requires congressional approval.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said the air attack on Syria was “an act of war” and added that “Congress needs to come back into session & hold a debate. Anything less is an abdication of our responsibility.”

Since 9/11… and arguably many times before that date (see Korean War and Vietnam War)… presidents have had carte blanche to go around waging all sorts of wars and military police actions all over the damn globe. Make it so that if a president wants to wage a war on any one for any reason he NEEDS to go to Congress first or face impeachment.

End of this discussion.

Who’s zooming who?

Somebody is lying…

As mentioned before… SecState Tillerson said we did not discuss the military strike with either before or after it occurred.

SecState speaks to the media hours before the U.S. missile strike

Our political and military leaders said all sorts of havoc was accomplished and we destroyed all manner of key Syria attack capabilities. Specifically, Pentagon chief James Mattis said, “The assessment of the Department of Defense is that the strike resulted in the damage or destruction of fuel and ammunition sites, air defense capabilities, and 20% of Syria’s operational aircraft. The Syrian government has lost the ability to refuel or re-arm aircraft at Shayrat airfield and at this point, use of the runway is of idle military interest.”

BUT… U.S. military officials said they had communicated with its Russia to minimize any chance of Russian causalities who might be operating out of the targeted airfield.

And, Russian officials said the morning after the U.S. attack that Moscow had received advanced warning of the strike on Shayrat Air Base. They also said that “the combat efficiency of the U.S. strike was very low,” and only 23 of the 59 launched missiles hit the base and the airfield’s runway wasn’t even damaged.

In fact, reports have emanated since that said war jets had already flown from the airfield and the supposed destroyed runway.

Who did what?

As far as the assessment that Assad was responsible for the chemical attack that left at least 86 people dead…

The Russians questioned whether Syrian President Bashar Assad was behind Tuesday’s gruesome chemical attack, arguing instead that his air force struck a chemical arsenal held by rebels.

When Putin was asked by a reporter “What is your opinion on the use of chemical weapons in Syria? Which side do you think used them? What is your analysis on this situation in Syria?”

Putin responded by first saying he deplored the use of any weapons of mass destruction, which included chemical weapons. “… and in cases where it is proven, we participate in the consolidated action toward the eradication of these weapons.”

He then said that the “Syrian government has appealed to the international community to come and inspect the sites in which it was found that the rebels had used chemical weapons. This call was not answered. The reaction came from the international community only during the last time those weapons were used.”

He then got down to throwing down the gauntlet right at the U.S. governments’ feet…

“What is my analysis?

I’d like to think that common sense speaks for itself. The Syrian army was on the offensive in some places. They had surrounded the rebels entirely. For them to suddenly give away the trump card to those who continually call for regime change is frankly a crock of shit. (WTF’s emphasis) It’s completely illogical, especially as it took place during the visit of a U.N. observer.

I am more than sure that this was simply provocation on behalf of those that would like to pull other countries into this war, that would like to garner support from other militaries’… the U.S. primarily. I have no doubts about this.

“(America) keeps saying that Syrian government forces were the ones that had used chemical weapons, and thy have evidence… Well then show us said evidence, show the U.N. observors and show us at the Security Council.”

And… “If evidence exists it must be shown. If it is not shown, then it does not exist. Alluding to some intercepted conversations, which prove absolutely nothing at all cannot serve as a justification to attack a sovereign country.”

I sure would love to see the evidence, now that he mentions it…

And, an analysis by Colonel Patrick Lang, (ret.)

Lang does not mince words when he says… “Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie.”

He says the Russians told the U.S. on the Syrian government’s proposed target… which was that a rebel stronghold that was believed to be a weapons/explosives depot was targeted.

He adds “… The Syrian Air Force hit the target with conventional weapons. All involved expected to see a massive secondary explosion. That did not happen. Instead, smoke, chemical smoke, began billowing from the site. It turns out that the Islamic rebels used that site to store chemicals, not sarin, that were deadly. The chemicals included organic phosphates and chlorine and they followed the wind and killed civilians.”

And, why did he conclude it was not sarin?

“The so-called ‘first responders’ handled the victims without gloves. If, this had been sarin they would have died. Sarin on the skin will kill you. How do I know? I went through “Live Agent” training at Fort McClellan in Alabama.”

(Editor’s note… evidence indicates that skin to skin contact does not always mean death will occur.  Evidence does indicate a person infected by skin to skin contact would at the minimum exhibit the following symptoms: diarrhea, along with excess fluids running from their eyes, noses, mouths, sweat glands and urinary tract. BUT… and it is a big “but”… sarin affects so many of the body’s organs that, usually, an antidote is needed to help people who are exposed to it live. And, it should be administered almost within minutes if not sooner.)

Lang adds… “The Russians and Syrians were informed, or at least were aware, that the attack was coming. They were able to remove a large number of their assets. The base the United States hit was something of a backwater. Donald Trump gets to pretend that he is a tough guy. He is not. He is a fool.”

He finally concludes that… “This attack was violation of international law. Donald Trump authorized an unjustified attack on a sovereign country. What is even more disturbing is that people like Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and NSA Director General McMaster went along with this charade.” And…  “It should also alarm American taxpayers that we launched $100 million dollars of missiles to blow up sand and camel shit.

(Walter Patrick “Pat” Lang, Jr. is a commentator and expert on the Middle East. He is a retired US Army officer; a private intelligence analyst, and an author. After he left the military, he held high-level posts in military intelligence as a civilian. He also has led intelligence analyses of the Middle East and South Asia for the Defense Department and other world-wide HUMINT activities.)

Trumpty Dumpty is a hypocrite…

The hypocrisy of Trumpty was on full display all throughout this entire incident…

He said his heart and soul were rented apart when he saw the children foaming at the mouth as they lay dying or were already dead. So, within mere hours he decides he needs to immediately act and attack with lethal power.

Yet, he bars (or least tries to anyway) Syrian refuges from entering the U.S. because they may be terrorists. Many of the people… especially the children he sheds tears over… who were affected by exposure to the chemicals at Khan Sheikhoun could be in the U.S. right now… safe from the horrors of war. If, only, he had allowed them the freedom to exit from the long and drawn out Syrian civil conflict.

This is the same Trumpty Dumpty that as a presidential candidate repeatedly warned against American military intervention in response to the exactly the type of event that just happened in Syria. The same candidate who warned against “Very Bad Illegal Hillary” and her war mongering propensity.

This is the same Trumpty Dumpty who in 2013 after a confirmed chemical attack on Syrian civilians that was 10 TIMES WORSE than what occurred in Khan Sheikhoun tweeted, “The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!” And, “What I am saying is stay out of Syria.”

Then within a week’s time tweeted… “AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA — IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!”

This is the same Trumpty Dumpty who as a candidate criticized the war in Iraq and pooh-poohed the incident where chemical weapons were used in Hajabja that killed an estimated 3,200 people and said, “Saddam Hussein throws a little gas, everyone goes crazy, ‘oh he’s using gas!’” Then topped it off with… “He (Hussein) did that so good.”

“Saddam Hussein throws a little gas, everyone goes crazy, ‘oh he’s using gas!’”

The same Trumpty Dumpty who as president had his SecState saying things like he thinks the U.S. could work with Assad to resolve the Syrian conflict.

The same SecState who, as recently as March 30th said that Assad’s long-term status “will be decided by the Syrian people.”

And, on the same day the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations was heard saying, “our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out.”

And now I am supposed to believe after one incident he suddenly has had a magnificent change of heart… he is overwhelmed with pity and heartfelt sorrow by the beautiful children who were murdered?

Sorry, if I seem a bit underwhelmed…

Sorry, if I fail to jump on the bandwagon and hear the war drums banging loudly and the overly righteous indignation of many of our political leaders in Congress suddenly saying giving the Trumpster thumbs up for dishing out justice for Assad’s unconscionable act.

I have failed to read, or hear, about even one instance of a major media outlet saying that the attack on Syria by Trumpty’s order was maybe improper… not very well thought out. They all praised the emperor for attacking with swift and pious justice.

Sorry. Frankly, I do not believe he did anything of the sort.

In fact, I am inclined to believe he did this because his opinion numbers were tanking… some polls say as low as a 20% approval rating.

The man is a phony and a hypocrite, who cares for only his own ass.

This attack may or may not have been warranted but in no way did it need to occur as rapidly and without very much forethought.

And, now… we are sending an armada toward North Korea?

Please…

Just when I though this column was over… they pull me back in…

At press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said yesterday (4/11)… “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had a … someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink …  to using chemical weapons. You have to, if you’re Russia, ask yourself, is this a country and a regime you want to align yourself with?”

When asked to explain his words, Spicer said “I think when you come to sarin gas… he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing. He brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that. But I was saying that in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down into innocent… into the middle of towns.”

Before I say anything… Is there not one damn person in the present administration who knows how to think before they engage their pie eating holes?

Now… what Spicer said is dumb… asinine… just beyond the pale and incredibly insensitive.

Frankly, he needs to be replaced. He just does not have the ability to think on his feet. Which is a primary requisite any press secretary should have. And, if that press secretary is Trumpty’s? It is an imperative requisite.

Sean of the Dead just does not have the job skills to do the job.

Now addressing his remarks…

Millions of people died during the Holocaust, with gas chambers being one of the primary ways of killing the victims.

Hitler murdered his own people in so many ways it is almost hard to put into words but let’s just say… all those people he sent to the gas chambers… they were not Germans?

And, to use the words “Holocaust center” as a euphuism for gas chambers?

Not real sensitive there… are we Sean?

Understand, Spicer apologized for his comments and did call them “insensitive.” He added, “Frankly, I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison. And for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”

And, ya know what? I believe him. I do.

His problem, as I said, is that he just doesn’t have the job skills to do his job and needs to be fired and replaced.

WTF places palm to face and slowly just rubs and sighs…

Another thousand words…

 

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