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The Middle East Left Behind by Obama

Socially, former President Obama took the steps needed to make sure that we were progressing in this country. He led the way in legalizing gay marriage, blocked both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines from happening, and even took steps to prevent climate change. I respect him for this because I think it was an unpopular decision to do what he did. He knew that this would only further anger the Republican Party. When it came to Hillary continuing the Democratic ways for the next four years, one has to think that Obama thought he would have four more years.

That is neither here nor there. The real reason I'm writing this article is to talk about how much I disagree with his foreign policy in the Middle East. An already turbulent region was turned upside down, yet again, because of the Obama administration. Obama was, in a sense, anti-Israel. After reading about the Sykes-Picot agreement, it is clear that the situation is murkier than most think. You can read about it here…

Pope Warns of Global Water War

Pope Francis recently spoke about how he was concerned that the globe would launch into a new world war over water. He talked about how he was worried that people don't have access to clean, drinkable water, calling for people to do more to improve this terrible situation.

The Pope pointed to a UN report that, "nearly 663 million people lack ready access to improved sources of drinking water, while the number of people without reliable access to water of good enough quality to be safe for human consumption is at least 1.8 billion.” (source)

Before diving into the issue of the world's water supply, I think it is important to say that the Pope should try to figure out what is going on in his own church before he starts talking about the ethical thing that people should do on a global scale.

With that being said, there is no doubt that the world will eventually run into a problem with its water supply. No, this is not a conspiracy theory based off of the movie Interstellar.…

Codename Curveball

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, known to most of the world simply as "Curveball", was an Iraqi chemical engineer who claimed to work at a plant that made and mobilized Weapons of Mass Destruction in the mid to late 1990's under Saddam Hussein.
Curveball's story is one that is seldom told in the United States because it exposed the weaknesses in the intelligence community. It now seems as though people forget that we weren't going to war with Iraq to eradicate radical Islamic terrorists, but to seize and destroy WMDs that Saddam Hussein was creating and getting ready to use. 
This seems like a perfectly good idea. The trouble is, we found out the hard way that Iraq never had WMDs. It could have been prevented.
Curveball defected from Iraq in 1998 and attempted to get a green card in Germany. The way that he thought he could get his green card was to leak top secret information about harmful weapons that Iraq was making.
Rafid said that he had graduated at the top of…

ISIS and "The Blessed Ban"

The New York Times' ISIS reporter Rukmini Callimachi is stationed in Eastern Mosul in Iraq. The Iraqi army recently liberated the eastern part of the city, while ISIS maintains its hold on the west. The two armies are currently separated by the Tigris River.

The Iraqi army is driving ISIS out of major cities with the help of the United States, Russia, and other nations. A US-led coalition reportedly killed top ISIS figure Rachid Kassim within the past 72 hours, according to The Pentagon. Things are looking up for--what seems to be--the first time in the fight against the extremist group.

While this is a great step towards the defeat of ISIS, Callimachi is reporting that ISIS is using President Trump's recent ban of seven primarily Muslim nations as firepower.

On February 8th, Callimachi (@rcallimachi) tweeted out to her followers:

8. The resident said ISIS has been openly celebrating the ban. They've even coined a phrase for it: الحظر المبارك Or "The Blessed Ban"

The Mom of a Backpacker Killed in Europe Does Not Like Our President

(SOURCE)- LONDON (AP) — The mother of a backpacker slain in an Australian hostel wrote an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, rejecting the decision to label her daughter's death as a terror attack.

The August slayings of Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, and fellow Briton Tom Jackson, 30, were on a list of 78 attacks the White House says were "executed or inspired by" the Islamic State terror group — and under-reported by the media.

Rosie Ayliffe says the possibility of terrorism was discounted early in the investigation.

I want to be the first to say that I am all for the proper vetting of those coming into our country. I want those in the country to be properly screened as well. This does not apply to only people who practice Muslim extremism, but people who practice Christian extremism and anarchy as well. If you want to disrupt and alter my daily life, I don't see a place for you in our nation and I don't know why anyone else would either.

Let's get to the re…

Last Night I Got Sleep Paralysis and It Was Horrible

Last night was a pretty normal night. I went out with some friends and then headed back to my dorm to get some sleep. I was having some trouble staying asleep, waking up every ten minutes in a state of confusion. After many times falling asleep and waking up from a new dream, I realized that I was not actually in my dorm room, but in a dream version of my dorm room. This has happened to me in dreams before but I usually wake up by the time I realize that I am dreaming. However, this time was different. I moved my laptop without using my hands. I made weird colors appear in a wave in front of my eyes. Everything was awesome. It was definitely one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me.

With every positive story, there is a negative one. After what seemed like forever in this dream, I began to wonder if I could wake myself up. I tried really hard and couldn't do it. I tried a few more times, still no luck. After trying about 5 or 6 times to wake myself up from this drea…

What's Going on at UC Berkeley is Hideous

Milos Yiannopoulis was scheduled to speak yesterday at UC Berkeley, but the speech was ultimately cancelled due to violent protests that broke out on campus. People were seen lighting fires, tossing bricks into glass windows, and assaulting police officers.
Let me be clear, the people who violently protested: you are in the wrong. If you do not agree with someone's point of view, regardless of how ridiculous and hateful that it is, protest by gathering peacefully. Let the Milos know that he is in the wrong with words and not actions. By throwing the tantrum that UC Berkeley kids did today, liberals of the world got a bad reputation. People who lean conservative look at situations like this and see liberal America as a bunch of babies who hate free speech. I don't think that I can blame them here. 
Now, before you think that I support Milos, I want it to be known that I think that he is a garbage human being. I want to make that crystal clear. He is strongly against feminism a…

EU Reaches Deal to Allow Cell Phone Roaming Throughout

(SOURCE) - The European Union reached a deal early Wednesday morning that should pave the way for consumers to use their mobile phones throughout the 28-country region without paying roaming fees.

Three-way negotiations between the European Parliament, Council and Commission ended just after midnight with a pact on the pace of slashing rates telecom companies charge each other, according to the office of Parliament’s rapporteur Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, a Finnish member of the Socialists & Democrats.

Honestly I think this is super cool. I love to see examples of technology changing with the times and not standing still. From what I understand, it is super cheap to go from country to country in Europe. Roaming fees must have been one of those things that people didn't originally think of but turned into headache to deal with in the middle of country hopping. Europe isn't that big, so imagine going from state to state here and having to pay roaming fees. That would be tragic.

As …

Devonta Freeman...Tread Lightly

(Source)- How are defenses supposed to account for Julio Jones' physical route-running when doubling him means opening up seams for Taylor Gabriel? How will New England get an outside pass rush on Ryan and have enough linebackers to match up with the Falcons' tight ends? Most importantly, how is any unit supposed to defend the complementary running back styles of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman?

Freeman has a short and sweet answer to the last query.

"We can do whatever we want," Freeman told Pro Football Talk on Thursday. "Pick your poison. ... We've had the game plan. The game plan doesn't change."

I honestly just don't understand. When are people going to learn that talking smack to the Patriots is only going to fire them up more? Maybe if it was a Week 10 matchup I wouldn't make too big of a deal out of this. Let us take a look at those who have called the Pats out recently...

A young safety calls out the greatest…

Boston Immigration Protest

I've never been to a protest before today. While I didn't actively participate, I thought it was important to go and check out this small piece of history. I stated my views on the matter yesterday and was happy to hear that a federal judge blocked the ban of people coming into the country so those detained at airports were free to go about their normal business. Here are a few things I noticed while walking around Copley Square:
-Everyone was pretty happy and calm. I expected there to be angry citizens cursing the president and his administration, but people were level headed and on the same page. Violence definitely would not have been the answer today.
-There were a fair share of idiots there who obviously had no business chanting and protesting, but were doing so just to protest something. It usually was white guys in their late teens and early twenties that brought signs that were humorous and had nothing to do with the actual protest. There were also people there who pr…

Anything Xtra Is Xtra Money

Growing up, we knew not to go to the beach until four in the afternoon, and to clear out by sundown. Now the same is true for Monica’s Mercato.
The entire clientele has changed. I remember squeezing my way into the old shop for “un porcion di parmiggiano” and maybe an empanada. Now they offer a Tuuka Special. You even have to wait thirty minutes for a call-ahead order placed the day before.
Just this afternoon, a tightly-wound mannequin of privileged upbringing held up the line for a good ten minutes trying to substitute grilled chicken breast for the mortadella in her Italian sub. 
“Like, is mortadella, like, the one with the chunks in it?”
The fellas behind the counter tried heroically to comprehend the request through the whining, while her idiot boyfriend perspired with shame in the glare of the incredulous behind him.
Why must the entitled defile perfection? 
Two mini-Biebers cut the line in front of me to join their acquaintance in tapered sweats at the counter, insisting upon Calabri…

Banning People from 7 Muslim Nations Probably Isn't a Good Idea

(Source)- President Trump’s executive order on immigration quickly reverberated through the United States and across the globe on Saturday, slamming the border shut for an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Boston, an Iraqi who had worked for a decade as an interpreter for the United States Army, and a Syrian refugee family headed to a new life in Ohio, among countless others. 

Around the nation, security officers at major international gateways had new rules to follow, though the application of the order appeared uneven. Humanitarian organizations scrambled to cancel long-planned programs, delivering the bad news to families who were about to travel. Refugees who were on flights when the order was signed were detained at airports.

Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya.

Sorry for using "FAKE NEWS" in my snippet above to get you up to speed. Anyways, I don't know what I expected. I don't know what he is expecting. But, by barring people from entering the Unit…

Guy Who Murdered a Cop Tried to Kill Himself on Facebook Live

The suspect in a double shooting has shot himself on the Crescent City Connection, according to a source. He appears to still be alive. Sylvester Holt is accused of shooting a Westwego police officer and a pregnant woman early Friday morning shooting at the intersection of Ames and Barataria boulevards. Police are currently on the the Crescent City Connection speaking with a man they believe is the suspect, Sylvester Holt. As of 3:40 p.m., he appeared to be surrendering with his hands behind his head. Officers had their guns drawn. Out of an abundance of caution, pulled the livestream of the scene. The officer killed at the scene was identified as Michael Louvier, according to Jefferson Parish Newell Normand. The woman was identified as 32-year-old Simone Veal of the 4000 block of Lillie Street in Marrero. The Jefferson Parish coroner said Veal was about eight weeks pregnant when she was killed.
Okay so today as I was trolling the internet I came across…

Loretta's Last Stand, Like For Real, The Last Time I Would Ever Go There

The wait at Sweetcheeks was an hour forty five, just slightly longer than we were willing to wait. 
All day, all week really, I daydreamed of pulled chicken smothered in sweet barbeque sauce, hearty mac and cheese, savory potato salad, and shoveling buttery honey biscuits into my mouth until I fell out of my chair.
But it was not to be.
The next logical option seemed to be a trial run at Loretta’s Last Stand, the new southern fried chicken bar that replaced La Verdad on Lansdowne Street. 
We walked in and were slapped in the face with a faint mirage of the old woman hand rolling tortillas behind the take-out counter, peacefully enveloped in the smoke of slow cooked pork. 
La Verdad was the best taco stand this side of Maria’s Taqueria within Boston city limits. Its unexpected closing left a gap in the Lansdowne Street pregame street food and made decent Mexican fare that much harder to find in our meat-and-potatoes city.

Enter Bob’s Country Bunker...

The low country, low culture ambience …

Thoughts On Trump and the Inauguration

Well, the time has come. Trump is scheduled to be sworn in at around 12 noon tomorrow morning. I'm not gonna get into the fact that he lost the popular vote and how he probably isn't the best fit for the country. What he did in this election season was amazing and shocking to most of America. It showed that Middle America and the middle class felt neglected. Hopefully he can fix that issue, while at the same time, figuring out how to appeal to the masses. 

As a quick side note, I have always thought of this guy to be a jerk. I followed him on Twitter back in the day just to laugh at his stupid takes. I used to think that The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice were weird power trippy shows. But, to each his own and now he is the president. He is a successful businessman (maybe) that will hopefully steer America into a great era of prosperity while at the same time taking steps in the right direction socially. 

At the end of the day, I want him to succeed because I want Ameri…