WaterCooler, Friday! 9/9/2016 - Open Thread - Crackpot Leaders, Tampons in Men's Room, Vote Putin 2018

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North Korea: Let’s Recap, Shall We?

As reported by RedState’s Caleb Howe, North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un, fired off a missile earlier this morning that surpassed the destructive capability of the nuke dropped on Hiroshima.

Kim Jong-un: Revisited

Fox News World, 8 September 2016: North Korea’s crackpot dictator Kim Jong-un has banned his people from using sarcasm in their everyday conversations in a fresh crackdown on criticism of his leadership.”


BBC News, 9 May 2016, BBC Team Expelled from North Korea: “They were speaking very ill of the system of the leadership of the country when they should have been reporting very fairly, objectively and very correctly.”


BBC News, 8 May 2016: Kim Jong-un:”As a responsible nuclear weapons state, our Republic will not use a nuclear weapon unless its sovereignty is encroached upon by any aggressive hostile forces with nukes.”

There is also ambiguity in his announcement about nuclear weapons. How, his opponents might ask, does he define the “encroachment of sovereignty?” Is he saying that a nuclear North Korea would only strike if attacked or might it be something less than that? It is not clear.

How does a man whom some call, “Brilliant Leader,” ascend to power who is so sensitive to criticism he bans it from public use; who expels journalists from his country because he judges their statements as unfair; and, with finger inches from his country’s nuclear button, threatens attack if he perceives them as unfriendly?

Thank God, Americans have more sense than to allow a man like that anywhere near our nuclear button.


Do men NEED tampons in their bathroom?

Sexual Education when I was in school was one of those easy “A” classes. I mean, it was informative, entertaining to a prepubescent child and straight forward, boy parts and girl parts, kind of stuff. Simple.

Why is it in 2016 that colleges, even Ivy League Universities like Brown, are mucking up the works with gender confusion?

In the letter to the student body, Nguyen wrote that the executive board hopes “to set a more inclusive standard for this issue moving forward, both in terms of the language used and how future initiatives will be implemented, keeping in mind that menstruation is experienced by more than just those who identify as women and that not all people who identify as women menstruate.”  – Washington Post, 9 September 2016

No, smart-people-not-acting-very-smart! Argue if you must against gender roles, but one very special way a woman is identified as a woman is she menstruates. No matter how it’s cooked, it’s still chicken. Simple.


Guess who else is running for President?

In other words, Putin expects members of his team to be loyal, follow orders like soldiers, and efficiently relay the will of the sovereign down the chain of command.

This explains the composition of the new guard – technocrats and officers from the military and security establishment, known as siloviki – that Putin is grooming to serve as the new Russian elite after the 2018 presidential election.  All the President’s Little Men, Andrei Kolesnikov, Carnegie Moscow Center

There’s more than one way to prepare for a 2018 reelection campaign and Russian President Putin is vigorously extricating his “Team of Rivals” from their encumbrances to more suitable responsibilities.

The old associates are being removed under different pretexts and by different means. For example, [Sergei] Ivanov ― whom many viewed ten years ago as a potential successor to Putin ― was given a new job: “Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology, and Transport.”

I’m sure Putin who, according to Donald Trump, has “an 82 percent approval rating, according to the different pollsters, who, by the way, some of them are based right here,” will easily skirt any concerns his constituents might have given his exemplary record thus far as leader of Mother Russia.

The presidency is the only institution in Russia today that has not been hollowed out, so it is the president who will make all major political decisions. Everyone else is just a liaison officer.

Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks will surely have hacked the Kremlin during the lead up to 2018. Surely. I’m sure Putin’s emails are far juicier than boring DNC emails. Can’t wait for that “October surprise,” Mr. Assange.


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