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Topics - Diego Cordero

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I sat down the other day and thought that it would be a good idea to write a brief history of South America and the interrelationships between each nation, so over this next week I will fatigue you all with my end less dribble of a university professor. But hopefully we will all learn a bit more about this section of the world that is as misunderstood as the African continent.

I will divide the presentation into several sections that will include a history of the past conflicts in the region and the relationships between nations; arms purchases and domestic production; and finally what the future may hold. I will try to be as un-bias as possible. I would like making this educational and open for discussion. Hope you all enjoy. As always it is a pleasure to openly debate topics on this forum. Thanks.


PART ONE: BRIEF BACKGROUND
In 2011 then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized then Venezuela's leader Hugo Chavez for his extravagant purchases of Russian and Chinese military equipment, arguing that this could begin a cascading arms race in South America. The statement has added fuel to the ongoing discussions about what direction South America's rearmament, or arms increase, is taking and what this could come to mean for the security of the region. Some people, including myself, fear an inter-state war could break out due to long standing feuds, an increase in force projection and geopolitical tensions.


Venezuelan Su-30 on flyby

The ongoing reports about major purchases by Venezuela, Brazil, and Chile tend to blur the actual geo-security situation in the region, as several countries -- with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay as the most prominent examples; have carried out only limited military acquisitions. The common perception is that an arms race raises the possibility of conflict. However, the reality in South America (and Central America as well) is that interstate warfare has seldom occurred since World War II; it has come very close at times (we will discuss this later) Additionally, it is misleading to assume that all South American countries are carrying out their arms purchases with the same gusto as Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela.


Chilean F-16 preparing for training mission

It is generally assumed, by most outsiders, that South America is either already engaged in an arms race or is about to enter one. This view is somewhat inconsistent because the start of an arms race is not easily defined, though one could say I was when Venezuela purchased Su-30s or Chile Purchased F-16s. It could also be argued that what is occurring is not so much a general arms race as it is a product of certain militaries capitalizing on weak civilian governments (like an updated version of former Uruguayan President Bordaberry in 1973) to increase their defence budgets. Furthermore, in spite of domestic security issues in several South American countries, most notably the insurgent movements in Colombia and Peru, the reality is that full scale interstate wars in the region have been notably scarce in the past few decades, which raises the question: is interstate warfare necessarily the future of South America? We will discuss whether an arms race could lead to general warfare in future instalments, maybe later this evening or tomorrow.
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Antifa, BLM, Occupy Wall Street, Et. Al. / Riots
Protester Gameday: Was Liberal Politics To Blame For The Violence In Charlottesville?

The Daily Caller
Henry Rodgers, Political Reporter
1:19 PM 12/02/2017

[Too short to excerpt]

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Daily Caller News Foundation breaks down the new bombshell report regarding the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12 in a must-watch episode the of the show "Protester Gameday."

Two DCNF reporters discussed the new report released Friday morning by the city of Charlottesville, which detailed a series of failures by the Charlottesville Police and Charlottesville City Council that helped contribute to violence at a white nationalist rally in August, a report released Friday details.

The new report explained that the death of Heather Heyer was due in part to mistakes made by the city council and Charlottesville police.

The DCNF was on scene in Charlottesville on August 12 and discuss the new information released in the 220 page report in the new episode.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/02/protester-gameday-was-liberal-politics-to-blame-for-the-violence-in-charlottesville/
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U.S. State Politics / Red State Revolt
The Red-State Revolt Spreads to Oklahoma
The Atlantic - Russell Berman

excerpted
*snip*
Officials in both parties attribute the Democrats' run in part to the party's motivation to fight back in the Trump era, scandals that have forced Republican legislators to resign, and the low-turnout quirkiness of special elections. But the overriding factor is likely a budget crisis that has starved funding for Oklahoma's schools, resulting in a teacher shortage and prompting more than one-quarter of the state's districts to hold classes only four days a week.

"The people are just not happy," former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, a Republican, told me in a phone interview. "Government appears dysfunctional, and government officials appear unwilling to solve the problems of the state and the nation. And there will be hell to pay."

*snip*
Oklahoma Democrats view the situation as evidence of a fundamental failure on the part of Republicans who spent years railing against government spending and blaming the state's fiscal woes on a federal government led by Barack Obama, whose unpopularity in the state made his administration an effective foil. "They can't blame it on Obama anymore, so they have no choice but to take responsibility for the failures across the board in Oklahoma," said State Senator John Sparks, the Democratic leader.
*snip*

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-red-state-revolt-spreads-to-oklahoma/ar-BBFMoIu?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=HPCDHP
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American Politics / VOTER ID IN AMERICA
Contested Virginia Races Put Spotlight On Noncitizen Voting

Legislative contests could determine control of the House of Delegates in a state having a serious problem with illegal votes

PoliZette
by Brendan Kirby
Updated 01 Dec 2017 at 7:02 AM

Disputed races for the Virginia House of Delegates -- which could determine control of the chamber -- highlight the potential for fraud and even innocuous bureaucratic glitches to impact elections.

It has been three weeks since Virginians voted for governor and representatives in the House of Delegates, and the tenuous Republican hold is still not confirmed. Democrats swamped Republicans in the election but -- as things currently stand -- will hold only 49 seats to the GOP's 51 when the new members take office.

Several losing Democrats are seeking recounts, however, and a federal judge has left open the possibility of ordering a special election. Close outcomes include:

The 28th District in Northern Virginia, where Republican Robert Thomas beat Democrat Joshua Cole by 82 votes in a race to succeed retiring House Speaker William Howell.
The 88th District in Fredericksburg, where incumbent Republican Delegate Mark Cole beat Democrat Steve Aycock by a little more than 4,000 votes.
The 40th District in Fairfax County, where Republican Delegate Timothy Hugo defeated Democrat Donte Tanner by 106 votes.
The 94th District, where Republican incumbent David Yancey of Newport News beat Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds by just 10 votes.

No one has suggested that voter fraud played any role in the outcome of any of those races. But elections experts contend that the close races refute the argument that voter fraud is too rare to make a difference.

Even small numbers of illegal ballots could make a difference in races separated by handfuls of votes, said Hans von Spakovsky, a legal analyst at The Heritage Foundation and a member of Presidential Donald Trump's election integrity commission.

"That should be a big concern," he said.

In Virginia, illegal voting is not just a theoretical problem. The Public Interest Legal Foundation has uncovered documentation showing thousands of noncitizens on the voter rolls -- including some who have actually cast ballots. Since the 1980s, according to a report by the voter integrity group, 7,474 ballots have been illegally cast by noncitizens who never should have been allowed to register.

And those are just the people who voluntarily came forward and asked to be removed from the rolls. Representatives from the advocacy organization have said there is no way to determine how many ineligible voters might be on the rolls.

Von Spakovsky said Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has shown no interest in preventing illegal voting. He noted that the legislature passed a law requiring jury commissioners to alert election officials any time someone picked for jury duty admits to being a noncitizen. That way, von Spakovsky said, election officials could check to see if those people are on the voter rolls and remove them.

"And McAuliffe vetoed it," he said.

Von Spakovsky said the only possible motive is that the governor believes removing noncitizens would hurt Democratic election prospects.

"You can understand why he's doing that," he said.

https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/contested-virginia-races-highlight-election-vulnerabilities/
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American Politics / Congress
What Does Maxine Waters Actually Do In Congress?

Townhall
Timothy Meads
Posted: Oct 28, 2017 6:15 PM

Maxine Waters (D-CA) has rebranded herself in the Trump Era as a strong public servant standing up to the corrupt, demagogic president. Repeatedly, she has harangued the president during speeches that range from AIDS fundraisers to LGBT Gala award dinners.

Today in Michigan, Waters led a raucous chorus at a women's rally, chanting "Impeach 45! Impeach 45!" But, people would be wise to remember that her career is one of corruption and failure.

Rep. Waters has passed just three bills in her 27 years in Congress. That means on average, Waters produces something noteworthy for constituents every 9 years. One of the bills was renaming a Post Office. Impressive stuff.

In the interim, she is busy making money for her family and allies. Her family has accrued more than a million dollars during her time in the House, according to Red Alert Politics.

Furthermore, the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has given Rep. Waters the most corrupt member of congress four separate times. Waters' shady financial dealings should concern all Americans. Democrats still have produced nothing that shows President Trump should be impeached, but financial kickbacks abound for liberal members of Congress like the "great stateswoman" Waters in a slew of various ways.

Source: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2017/10/28/reminder-maxine-waters-has-only-passed-3-bills-in-nearly-30-years-n2401808
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American Politics / College Liberals
California Students Storm Library to Shut Down College Republicans Meeting
OCTOBER 19, 2017 BY MARK MECKLER


The New Democratic Fascists continue their assault on free speech on college campuses. Amazingly...they do not hide their intent. They intend to violently and aggressively shut down any speech or any assembly of persons, with which they disagree. Why? Fascism. A social media post from Haik Adamian read:


"White Supremacist, fascist sympathizing College Republicans are having a meeting at McHenry library, room 0332. Everybody be aware of this violent, racist activity happening evryyday on this campus!

We need a movement of people on this campus that rejects the "right of assembly", or "right of free speech" for white supremacists and fascists."

Ridiculous. And, of course, they followed through. Here's how Campus Reform described the scene:

College Republicans meeting at the University of California, Santa Cruz was taken over by protesters screaming that the group's existence is a threat to the safety of students.

Shortly after the CR meeting convened, one student entered the ground floor room of McHenry Library to ask attendees which group was assembling. After being informed that the meeting was a gathering of College Republicans, the student returned about 15-20 minutes later with company.

When they came back, they shouted, they threw fits, they accused the College Republicans of causing a "violent environment on campus." (Let that sink in for one second, considering who was being attacked and who attacked.) They also used words like "fascists," "racists," and "white supremacists" to describe the conservative students. To top it off, they said "dialogue is violence."

These children (and I use that term intentionally) are not operating in a vacuum. They are being taught these ideas by professors at these institutions, and by the broader leftist movement

Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markmeckler/2017/10/california-students-storm-library-shut-college-republicans-meeting/?utm_content=buffercb597&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=David+Clarke
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Homeless, Disabled Bus Passenger Attacked by Man Seeking Slavery Reparations
Milo.yiannopoulos.net
OCTOBER 19, 2017

A deranged assailant with a record of racially-motivated harassments attacked passengers on a Maryland mass transit bus in Washington, DC. Marquis Evans-Royster, 27, immediately spat on the 52-year-old victim, who is homeless and remains unnamed in reports, after boarding the bus in the suburb of Silver Spring without paying the fare.
According to ABC in Washington, Evans-Royster hurled racial epithets at the victim, who initially tried to ignore him, before going through the victim's pockets, attempting to steal what little the homeless man had.

"You owe me for making my grandmother a slave," Evans-Royster claimed as the victim attempted to push him away. The driver of the bus also recalled Evans-Royster saying two white passengers of the bus should die as well as all white people are evil.

Other passengers tried to stop the assault but were threatened with being covered in urine by Evans-Royster.

"Who carries around a bottle a urine?" said Desi Cureton, another passenger, who told the media she believed Evans-Royster must have had mental issues.

The bus driver repeatedly threatened to call the police, causing the transit traducer to flee. Police managed to identify Evans-Royster from the surveillance footage, leading to his arrest four days later. He was charged with assault and racial harassment theft, second-degree assault, destruction of property and possession of a false I.D. These charges combined carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

ans-Royster has a lengthy police record which includes charges of race or religious harassment, robbery, and assault.

Tyrone Kenney, a 70-year-old black man who grew up in the Civil Rights Era, condemned Evans-Royster's actions.

"It speaks to the state of the times," he said according to WJLA. "People are desperate, they're looking for leadership, they're looking for guidance, but they're not getting it at home, they're not getting it from [the] government. It's a period of time I've never seen before."

Source: https://milo.yiannopoulos.net/2017/10/homeless-disabled-bus-passenger-attacked-by-man-seeking-slavery-reparations/
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American Politics / Trump-Russia Dossier
FEC Complaint Alleges Hillary, DNC Broke Election Law By Not Disclosing Trump-Russia Dossier Funding

ZeroHedge
by Tyler Durden
Oct 25, 2017 4:57 PM

Today the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign committee violated campaign finance law by failing to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia. The CLC's complaint asserts that by effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny the DNC and Clinton "undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures."

On October 24, The Washington Post revealed that the DNC and Hillary for America paid opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig into Trump's Russia ties, but routed the money through the law firm Perkins Coie and described the purpose as "legal services" on their FEC reports rather than research. By law, campaign and party committees must disclose the reason money is spent and its recipient.

"By filing misleading reports, the DNC and Clinton campaign undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures," said Adav Noti, senior director, trial litigation and strategy at CLC, who previously served as the FEC's Associate General Counsel for Policy. "Voters need campaign disclosure laws to be enforced so they can hold candidates accountable for how they raise and spend money. The FEC must investigate this apparent violation and take appropriate action."

"Questions about who paid for this dossier are the subject of intense public interest, and this is precisely the information that FEC reports are supposed to provide," said Brendan Fischer, director, federal and FEC reform at CLC. "Payments by a campaign or party committee to an opposition research firm are legal, as long as those payments are accurately disclosed. But describing payments for opposition research as 'legal services' is entirely misleading and subverts the reporting requirements."

While details of the payment arrangements remain scarce, FEC records indicate that the Hillary campaign and the DNC paid a total of $12 million to Perkins Coie for "legal services." Marc Elias, a Perkins partner and general counsel for Hillary's campaign, then used some portion of those funds to turn around and hire Fusion GPS who then contracted with a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to compile the now-infamous dossier. Per the Daily Caller:

source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-25/fec-complaint-alleges-hillary-dnc-broke-election-law-not-disclosing-trump-russia-dos
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Financial / Regulations
Lots Of Presidents Talked About Getting Rid Of Bad Regulations -- Trump Is Actually Doing It

Investor's Business Daily
10/2/17

Reegulation: Getting rid of unneeded regulations may be the single-most effective spur to economic growth that's available to the federal government. Thankfully, unlike most recent presidents, President Trump is taking the job of cutting bad regulations seriously.

That can be evidenced by the special "Deregulation Day" that Trump declared for his "cut the red tape" event on Monday. Hey, if you didn't know it was Deregulation Day, you're not alone.

Still, the president seems to be pushing a minor revolution of sorts, as he repeals all sorts of rules that once impeded the economy. And he's not done yet. The Competitive Enterprise Institute claimed "Trump ends fiscal year as America's least-regulatory president since Reagan."

It's no exaggeration. As the CEI has noted, Trump froze regulations early in his term and argued that up to 70% of regulations were simply unnecessary. He set a tone, and he's lived up to it. Consider this: The Federal Register, the bible of federal rules, peaked at record high 97,110 pages under President Obama in 2016. Today, under President Trump, it stands at 45,678 pages.

If you count the nine months of regulations propagated by Trump vs. President Obama in 2016, it comes out to 2,183 rules put forward by Trump, compared with 2,686 rules for Obama, an 18% decrease. But even those numbers are deceptive, since many of Trump's new regulations are in fact getting rid of or freezing old regulations. And in terms of the size, Trump's "significant rules" -- those having $100 million or more in estimated economic impact -- are just 116 in his first nine months, down 58% from Obama's 274.

source: http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/lots-of-presidents-talked-about-getting-rid-of-bad-regulations-trump-is-actually-doing-it/
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Conspiracy Theories / JFK Assassination
Unsealed Docs Reveal KGB Thought LBJ Could Have Been Behind JFK Assassination

New York Post
By David K. Li
October 27, 2017 | 12:16am

The Soviet Union theorized that President Lyndon B. Johnson could have been behind JFK's assassination - and also feared Moscow could be blamed and attacked, according to documents in a major release of files related to Kennedy's slaying on Thursday.

The Dec. 1, 1966 FBI memo, which relayed unconfirmed speculation, noted that sources said the KGB "was in possession of data purporting to indicate President Johnson was responsible for the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy."

The memo, which was forwarded to the White House by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover with the all-caps title: ""REACTION OF SOVIET AND COMMUNIST PARTY OFFICIALS TO THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY" said:

"KGB headquarters indicated that in view of this information, it was necessary for the Soviet Government to know the existing personal relationship between President Johnson and the Kennedy family, particularly that between President Johnson and Robert and 'Ted' Kennedy."

In days following JFK's killing, Moscow believed the slaying could be used by rogue American military leaders to whip up anti-Soviet sentiment and even lead to an attack.

Soviets feared dark US forces were "interested in utilizing the assassination and playing on anticommunist sentiments in the United States," according to the FBI.

"Our source further stated that Soviet officials were fearful that without leadership, some irresponsible general in the United States might launch a missile attack on the Soviet Union."

Oswald lived in the Soviet Union for nearly three years from 1959 to 1962 and married a woman from Minsk.

The release of documents was made to satisfy a 25-year deadline set forward by the Oct. 25, 1992 enactment of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act.

However, many of the files were held back from release by President Trump after the CIA and FBI asked for more time to redact information that could cause "potentially irreversible harm."

While Soviets believed JFK's killing could have been engineered internally, LBJ saw a foreign link to the assassination.

source: http://nypost.com/2017/10/27/unsealed-docs-reveal-kgb-thought-lbj-could-have-been-behind-jfk-assassination/

While I've never paid much attention to the all the Kennedy assassination theories floating around over the years, even I am familiar with the idea that Johnson may have been involved. Whether or not it's true, I can't say but it certainly isn't new.
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Constitution / 2nd Amendment
That's right I said it. GUN CONTROL THE CHOICE OF COWARDS.

Do you know why I said that? I will tell you. It's because you can't face neither the facts nor the truth. You tell us we are the ones being un reasonable, who wan't dead children, who don't care about the carnage and accuse us of trying to compensate or being paranoid. Truth is we have tried it your way. We have compromised time and time again and the end result was not a reduction in crime but in the rights of the law abiding.
Would you like a short history lesson? Coarse you wouldn't but your going to get it anyways.

1934 it became illegal to own a sawed off(that means barrel cut down or off) shotgun, fully automatic(that means machine gun), and suppressor(no they don't make a gun go phew phew phew like in the movies) without first paying a very expensive tax then going through a very lengthy process.
Why was this done? Because we just haadd to do something about all the criminals going around and shooting the country up.
Never mind the fact that those guns where as a rule stolen, it didn't do jack sh$t in stopping things.

1969 We decided the best way to combat a rising crime rate was to make it illegal for a felon to own a gun.
It worked so well that not only did murder continue to rise, we created a new industry, black market firearms.

1993 The Brady Bill, since being a Felon wasn't enough to stop a Felon from getting a gun we thought we could make another law and instant check that would stop the bad guys from getting guns. It's worked so well, just ask people in places like Chicago. Oh sure, they like to talk about all the people who where blocked from buying a gun as a success. Never mind the fact that a good chunk where people who simply shared a name with a criminal, and outright mistakes. Not like you can't get a gun just as easy on the street anyways.

This isn't even everything. Not even the local and state laws across the country which have made ownership of certain firearms illegal, require registration as an owner, registering weapons and a host of other stupid sh$T that hasn't done a damn thing. But this is un Constitutional in your world because guns are bad and we gotta' do something right?

Truth is we have tried doing 'something' that something has been the a slow and gradual Euthanasia of the 2nd Amendment. It hasn't worked.
Nor will it. How should I put this? It's like trying to fix problems in the housing/construction industry by regulating the use and or ownership of saws and hammers. Going after the tools used doesn't fix the problem know does it? Your not going after the people misusing the tools.

Instead of talking about more gun laws and demanding we the law abiding submit to even more un Constitutional erosion of our rights how about you worry less about 'Social Justice' and stop letting people out of jail after serving a fraction of their sentence? I know this is going to be hard for you, but there are some people who should not be out on the street. Some people are a danger to society. That means you can't dope the crazy out of them, or they are dangerous criminals. THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO EITHER COMMIT CRIMES AND OR KILL PEOPLE. You may think your little laws make it harder for them to get a gun, but in reality all you are doing is making it harder for the law abiding to defend themselves.

Got that? No matter what laws you make criminals and crazies won't obey them. If you weren't cowards you'd get this. But since you are(cowards) you will never in a million years understand this simple piece of logic. I'll explain it to you very simply, you are your own first responder. DO you honestly think the Cops will get their in time to save yours and your loved ones a$$es? Do you think there will be a cop around if your minding your business one night and some thug and his boys decide they want to have a little 'party' with your wife, girlfriend or daughter? It may be rare, but that don't mean much when your the one having to deal with it, know does it?

What does matter is that rarely do the people who do these crimes NOT have convictions for MULTIPLE VIOLENT OR WEAPONS offenses. While you scream about guns being bad and needing more laws you have no issue letting the people out of Prison EARLY who mis use them. Can't have it both ways, not only does that make you a coward it makes you a hypocrite. You want to do something about 'gun violence'? Pull your head out your a$$, grow a pair, and push for punishing criminals, locking up crazies and leave the law abiding gun owners the hell alone!
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Financial / Hollywood
Michael Moore's Broadway Show Falls Short at the Box Office
By Charles Passy
Oct. 23, 2017 8:30 p.m. ET
www.wsj.com

Film director Michael Moore may have arrived on Broadway with the self-professed goal of taking down a sitting president.

But in the end, his politically liberal-minded show, "The Terms of My Surrender," which closed this past weekend, failed to wow at the box office.

In its 13-week run, including a preview period, the show had ticket sales of $4.2 million, according to BroadwayWorld.com, a theater website that tracks grosses based on data from the Broadway League, a trade group. That figure represents only about 49% of the show's potential gross.

Mr. Moore's largely one-man production started on a strong note, taking in $456,000 in its first full week. But it quickly fell well under that mark, with ticket sales dipping below $300,000 in some subsequent weeks.

By contrast, Bruce Springsteen's show, also largely a one-man affair, has taken in nearly 100% of its potential gross in two of its first three weeks. The rock star's production, simply titled "Springsteen on Broadway," already has grossed a total of $6.6 million, far eclipsing Mr. Moore's show.

True to the billing, Mr. Moore's production skewered Republican President Donald Trump. It also focused on Mr. Moore's life and history of political activism.

In an email, Mr. Moore said the show was "the most artistically gratifying experience of my life." He said there are "talks happening about taking this show on the road." A spokesman for "The Terms of My Surrender" said a San Francisco engagement is being discussed for early 2018.

The spokesman didn't comment on the budget of the production or if it made a profit or loss. The show's lead producers are IMG Original Content and Carole Shorenstein Hays.

Theater-industry observers say reviews of the show, which mostly were negative, affected the box office. A critic for the New Yorker magazine said Mr. Moore "doesn't have a late-night comedian's timing. He punctuates his own jokes with nervous giggles, mumbles between lines, and, despite his baggy frame, has little sense of himself as a physical comedian."

Moreover, observers noted that Mr. Moore wasn't helped by the fact that many comedians already are offering that Trump-skewering perspective--without charging their audiences the price of a Broadway ticket.

source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/michael-moores-broadway-show-falls-short-at-the-box-office-1508805059
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Jokes / Racist jokes
I asked a Chinese girl for her number. She said, "Sex! Sex! Sex! Free sex tonight!" I said, "Wow!" Then her friend said, "She means 666-3629."
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International Politics / Ukraine Civil War
State Department Briefing for Foreign Media


QUESTION: So last week, you made a statement about the UN peacekeeping mission to Ukraine, and thank you for that. And question is: What will be the position of the United States in the current session of the UN General Assembly? Are you going to discuss it with other members of UN Security Council, and are you ready to support the Ukraine - Ukraine's initiative? Thank you.

MS NAUERT: And Ukraine initiative to do what?

QUESTION: To - about the UN peacekeeping mission in the eastern part.

MS NAUERT: Ah, okay. The Russian proposal for a UN peacekeeping --

QUESTION: And the Ukrainian proposal then.

MS NAUERT: Okay, okay, okay. Got it. So I want to make this clear and I don't want to jump ahead of anything that would happen at the UN General Assembly. We are still working out our meetings at the United Nations. We don't have a full set - we don't have all of our meetings just set. I expect to be able to provide a rundown of the meetings that we have scheduled hopefully tomorrow, and then the White House will issue theirs at some point too.

In terms of peacekeepers and that idea that you bring up, we support the Normandy partners. That has not changed. They have an effort to try to implement the Minsk agreements. That is something that we stand firmly behind. That is indicative in the fact that we brought back Ambassador Kurt Volker to help facilitate that.

The second thing I want to mention: We believe the possibility of a UN peacekeeping force for eastern Ukraine is certainly an idea that is worth exploring. I think that's something that I touched on last week. We consider that a possible means of protecting Ukrainian citizens regardless of their ethnicity, their nationality. We see it potentially as a pathway to restoring Ukrainian sovereignty and also territorial - excuse me - integrity.

However, I want to be clear about this, and that is any such force should have a broad mandate for peace and security throughout the occupied territory of Ukraine up to and including the border with Russia in order to avoid deepening or institutionalizing the divisions inside Ukraine. Other nations, European nations - Germany is one example - agrees with us on this matter. Our goal is simple. We would like to restore Ukraine's territorial integrity and also protect Ukrainians no matter what their religion is, no matter what their ethnicity is, or their language.

And if I may, I also want to mention that we believe it's important to improve the security situation as a first step. We've called repeatedly for Russia to ensure a real and durable ceasefire. We would like them to disengage along the line of contact, withdraw heavy weapons, and allow full, unfettered, and safe access to the international monitors, including the international border.

I might also add that we lost an American, who was one of the OSCE monitors, earlier this year in Ukraine, and we want to express our condolences again to his family and make sure that monitors who can provide full, fair information in the field have the ability to operate in a dangerous environment safely. And we think that that is important. Okay.

Source: https://fpc.state.gov/274078.htm
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Welcome New Members / Ask a Question to the Admins
This thread is predominantly for new, inexperienced posters on Think Right. There will be one in each forum and the questions should relate to the overall topic of the forum in which it is located..

It is for true nubie or greenie questions that we do not want to clutter up our main threads with.

It is also for "off the wall," questions or suggestions, even from more experienced users on Think Right.

Our forum is very broad ranging and everyone cannot be experts on everything...so in one of the forums, if you have a legitimate question you have been afraid or embarrassed to ask...this is where you can do it.

As moderators see questions that may fit into these categories on other threads...they may well move them here to try and keep our more serious threads as professional as possible.

Be patient. Longer time members will watch these threads as will moderators...but it may take us a whole to get to some of these questions.

So...with that...carryon!