August 20, 2019

GREENLAND-NOT ANOTHER TRUMP "FOLLY"

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE,
FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, AUG. 20, 2019
BY BOB FRANKEN

GREENLAND-NOT ANOTHER TRUMP "FOLLY"
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For once the Trumpster has a thought that's not garbage. President Donald Trump was considering the idea of purchasing the massive and largely frozen island of Greenland from Denmark. Cue the laughter. My Montreal-raised wife tells me that in the nearly uninhabitable frozen tundra country of her youth, she and her Canadian friends grew up exclaiming, “It’s as cold as Greenland!” But POTUS, evidently, was serious.
It’s not new. In 1946, the U.S. offered $100 million for Greenland; $1.3 billion in today’s dollars, or 9 billion Danish Krone, give or take. A mere pittance, even if the real estatesituated in the frigid Arctic wasteland.
Actually, it’s because of its location location location that countries are so interested. There’s a brutal competition going on between the U.S., Russia and China for dominance in that Godforsaken part of the world, what with all the natural resources buried in the permafrost, which is gradually turning to mud because of global warming. It’s a strategic legion, as evidenced by the American Thule Air Base, located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in Greenland.
The island is an autonomous territory of Denmark, which immediately said it’s not for sale.

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August 17, 2019

OUR SPECIOUS SPECIES

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

OUR SPECIOUS SPECIES
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For all their bluster and destructiveness, it turns out that the Trumpsters are really just frightened little politicians. They wait until the media herd is focused on overcovering everything Jeffrey Epstein to quietly announce that they are making another move on their continuous rape of the Earth.
It was only in May that a major report from a United Nations science panel warned that because of climate change and other largely human causes, the world faces the loss of a million plant and animal species: “The diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems, as well as many fundamental contributions we derive from nature, are declining fast ...”
Not only are we neglecting our responsibilities as stewards of our planet, but we are jeopardizing our own species as well, because spreading extinctions ultimately threaten our food supply and ability to cope with so many environmental challenges. So what is the Trump administration’s response, as officially announced during the swirl of Jeffrey Epstein coverage? The finalization of plans to seriously weaken enforcement of the Endangered Species Act. That’s nothing more than a continuation of the ongoing effort to pander to energy companies and developers, who are major culprits in the relentless pillaging of natural resources. It’s part of an ongoing water torture to eliminate regulations, which threaten the corporate bottom lines.
It was during that same Epstein coverage orgy that other elements of the Trump gang declared war, and not just on the usual illegal immigrants who are trying to enter or stay here in the shadows. Now they are targeting legal immigrants, those who are seeking to become permanent residents. From now on, the path to a green card will be reserved only for those who have the means to live without government benefits like Medicaid and food stamps. Those who are poor or vulnerable are unwelcome.

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August 13, 2019

AGE-OLD GAFFES

FROM NORTH AMERICA SYNDICATE, 300 W 57th STREET, 41st FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10019
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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2019

AGE-OLD GAFFES
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When Joe Biden says he’s running for president, he means it literally. He likes to be seen jogging around at his various campaign events.
Obviously, that’s his way of showing that at 76, he’s not too old for the grueling physical and mental challenges of being POTUS. But it does raise a few questions: Does he stretch before he breaks into a trot? Is he aware that the bigger problem is his running off at the mouth?
Now, this is not a new concern. Joe Biden, after all, taught us what a “gaffe” was -- he’s been at it for a generation. He describes himself as “a gaffe machine,” tripping over his comments since at least 1987, during his first presidential campaign, which ended after he was caught repeatedly plagiarizing the speeches of a British politician. Over the years he has been a constant source of laughter. In the greatest hits of Biden classics there was this one, from 2007, describing Barack Obama: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
In 2008, he bounded onto a stage with this gem: “I’m told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up, Chuck; let ’em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about? I’ll tell you what, you’re making everybody else stand up, though, pal.” Chuck Graham was confined to a wheelchair.
Joe is still at it, telling people during a speech last week in Iowa: “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.” He then had to untangle his tongue and get it right. So he has been mangling his language for a long time. But now, given perceptions about his age, it’s a serious problem. It’s no longer funny, and no one is cutting him any slack, wondering if his missteps really mean he’s lost a step.

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August 10, 2019

RED FLAG POTUS

FROM NORTH AMERICA SYNDICATE, 300 W 57th STREET, 41st FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10019
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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, AUG. 9, 2019

RED FLAG POTUS
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First of all, the “red flag” idea, by itself, is a mealy-mouthed approach to gun control. It takes its name from the idea that police or others in authority may seize deadly weapons when someone raises that “red flag,” a warning about an individual who is unstable and therefore, as the expression goes, “a danger to himself or others.” Usually, it nods to due process by requiring a judge to issue an order. It’s sort of like a warrant.
It’s a tiny first step, unless it would raise that red flag against anyone who is deemed dangerous simply because he possesses or wants to possess one of the AK-47-like assault rifles, which have become the go-to weapon for mass murderers. There is no reason to have them outside of a war zone, other than to have the ability to slaughter other civilian victims. Let’s call removing them entirely what it really is: justified confiscation. We need to aggressively take these killing machines out of our society, and attach severe penalties, including prison time, for the manufacture, sale or even having one of them.
Of course, nothing like that will happen. We have a political system that includes at least one party that rolls over in fear of offending the gun lobby. The National Rifle Association and other similar organizations come armed, so to speak, with the U.S. national insanity over gun ownership. People will die to protect their right to own weapons. Ultimately, Americans are only temporarily moved when people frequently die in large numbers after some pathetic but heavily armed person loses control of his resentments, acquires an assault rifle and ammo, and goes on a slaughtering rampage. There are two reactions. At first, as a nation, we indulge our instinct to protect our loved ones, and are horrified by the loss of life that accompanies one of these tragedies. But after a day or two, we instinctually switch to protecting our personal cache of weapons.

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