Thursday, July 27, 2017

Open Thread About "Cooperation"

Frankly I am still recovering from my High School Class Reunion last weekend, so I am not in the mood. I had a great, fun-filled weekend, renewed some old friendships and had an amazingly politics-free weekend. But since we need something to ponder for the day, here's are animals helping animals:

Here are some sheep saving bunnies from a flood in New Zealand!

And here is a photo of an alligator playing Uber driver for a turtle!

And lastly a dog saving a drowning baby deer in Long Island Sound. Rumor has it that once the fawn got his sea0legs back, he ran right back out into the water and had to be saved by the humans...

If only our Congresscritters could work this well together...

Anyway, the floor is open.


Critch said...

Sheep are a higher form of mammal than most politicians...

BevfromNYC said...

Critch - Or the sheep are the donors and the bunnies are the politicians. Same for the alligator/turtle situtation. However the dog seemed genuinely interested in saving that little fawn - That would make him the Bernie Sanders of dogs.

Okay, I didn't want this to go dark, but then I went there...

Anthony said...

Trump's new spokesman has accused Preibus of orchestrating leaks.

Pence has praised Trump's ridiculing of Sessions.

Also the Pentagon and Republican lawmakers (who were working on a bill on the subject) were surprised by Trump's ban on transgender troops.

Just another day that ends in 'y' for the Trump administration.

tryanmax said...

Republican lawmakers (who were working on a bill on the subject) were surprised by Trump's ban on transgender troops.

This is not entirely accurate. House GOP lawmakers were working on a budget amendment that would limit defense funding on gender reassignment surgery, not a ban on transgender personnel. That's not to say they weren't surprised, though.

So, here are the positions as they stand now:
Democrats: "Join the military and get a sex-reassignment for FREE!"
Generals and Military experts: "Kick all the trannies out!"
GOP: "Let the trannies stay, just don't pay for their surgery."

This setup was put in place by three tweets when no one was talking about it the day prior. Completely by accident, of course.

BevfromNYC said...

Don't you find it just a bit ironic that the '60's/'70's SJW's were fighting to end mandatory conscription and now they are demanding military service as a human right?

Critch said...

Bev, that is a very astute observation.....very good...

I also remember when the Left absolutely loathed the military, but now they act like it's their's to play with..

Anthony said...

Sounds like the US has several thousand transgender soldiers. Huh.

According to Keane, after Carter lifted the military ban on transgender people in June of 2016, several thousand soldiers opted to change their gender, receiving medical treatment as of October 1st of 2016.

Anthony said...

The DoD is openly resisting Trump on trannies and Congress has shown it doesn't trust him on Russia. I can't stop laughing. Making even easy stuff hard.

The Department of Defense declared Thursday there will be “no modifications to the current policy” on transgender service members for now, a day after President Trump issued a surprise three-tweet directive banning those troops from the military.

In a memo to service chiefs and commanders, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr. declared no changes to the policy until "the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance" -- which has not yet happened.

“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect,” Dunford said in the memo obtained by Fox News. “As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions.”

Dunford’s statement suggests Defense Secretary James Mattis wasn’t given any significant heads up on the policy change. Mattis was on vacation when Trump tweeted. Mattis has also been publicly silent amid questions about Trump’s announced ban, though the White House said Wednesday that Mattis was "immediately informed" of Trump's decision.

Dunford himself was not aware that Trump was going to announce the ban, a U.S. official said.

The Senate on Thursday delivered Donald Trump the first big bipartisan rebuke of his presidency, giving final approval to a package of sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea that constrains his bid to defrost relations with Moscow.

The Senate voted 98-2 to approve the sanctions bill that cleared the House earlier this week. Trump must now decide whether to sign a measure that allows Congress to block any attempt to ease or end penalties against Vladimir Putin's government and imposes new sanctions in response to a Russian electoral disruption campaign that the president continues to dispute.

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