Yeah, I know I’m ahead of the power curve on this one, but I think our president is a shoe-in for the next Nobel Peace Prize.
I’m also of the opinion that in light of the Nobel’s recent history, President Trump very well may consider the Nobel medallion itself little more than a glorified doorstop.
As we all remember, the Nobel committee selected Barack Obama as the 2009 recipient. And Obama’s qualifications? Well, he wasn’t George W. Bush… and that’s all those pussy Europeans considered important.
Anyhow, I think our president should accept when he wins the Norwegian honorific for his efforts to evade World War III on the Korean Peninsula.
Upon his acceptance, I certainly would consider it as Trump’s crowning glory if he were to accept in the name of our fellow American citizens in the Mariana Islands chain, as well as Otto Warmbier.
As everyone remembers from last summer, North Korean government-controlled media specifically threatened the US territory of Guam with a nuclear strike.
As the reliably leftie Independent newspaper of London noted;
North Korea is reviewing plans to strike US military targets in Guam with its medium-range ballistic missiles to create “enveloping fire,” according to state media.
The governor of Guam, Eddie Baza Calvo, posted an address early Wednesday morning on YouTube, telling island residents not to worry.
“I know we woke up to media reports of North Korea’s talk of revenge on the United States and this so-called newfound technology that allows them to target Guam,” the governor said. “I’m working with Homeland Security, the rear admiral and United States to ensure our safety, and I want to reassure the people of Guam that currently there is no threat to our island or the Marianas.”
Directly north of the American territory on the Marianas chain is the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI).
While most State-Siders don’t even know that the Marianas Islands are 100 percent American, both Guam and the CNMI are a whole lost closer to Pyongyang than Washington, DC (2,000 miles vs nearly 13,000 miles, respectively).
As Gov. Calvo (R) informed the Commander-in-Chief that not only the residents of Guam, but also those in the CNMI know what it’s like to be “targeted”.
All Americans knew the feeling of being within range of NoKo ballistic missiles, but our fellow Americans on the Marianas probably wouldn’t even have enough warning time to even take cover.
It’s no small wonder that thousands of the Chamorro gathered at towns and villages up and down the chain to publicly recite the Rosary asking for celestial intervention.
A more than worthy co-recipient would be the late Otto Warmbier.
As the president noted post-summit, it was young Otto that the catalyst for the two leaders meeting in the first place. As reported by NBC News, Trump credited Warmbier untimely death for making the talks possible;
“Otto Warmbier is a very special person and he will be for a long time in my life. His parents are good friends of mine. I think without Otto, this would not have happened,” Trump told reporters at a Tuesday news conference in Singapore.
“Something happened from that day, was a terrible thing. It was brutal,” the president added. “But a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea. I really think that Otto is someone who did not die in vain. He had a lot to do with us today.”
Warmbier’s parents, Fred and Cindy, issued a statement Tuesday, “We appreciate President Trump’s recent comments about our family. We are proud of Otto and miss him. Hopefully something positive can come from this.”
The summit, where Trump and Kim signed a joint statement agreeing to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, was held on the anniversary of Warmbier’s release.
Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student from Ohio, was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016 after he was arrested for taking a poster from a hotel he was staying in while on a tourist visit to Pyongyang and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
However, he was released by North Korea on “humanitarian grounds” in June 2017 and sent home in a coma, where doctors described his condition as “unresponsive wakefulness.” He died days later on June 19, and it is still not known what exactly killed him.
Eight members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) , to include the monumentally dimwitted Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), have joined forces in another attempt to push through something called the Police Accountability Act.
As reported by Pete Kasperowicz of the Washington Examiner, if any given law enforcement official (LEO) should be found of committing murder or assault in the line of duty, the same LEO would also find themselves up on federal charges that could result in the death penalty;
Several House Democrats have introduced legislation that would subject state and local police to the death penalty if they are found guilty or assault or murder.
The Police Accountability Act, from Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., is one of the Democrats’ answers to the police brutality that they say still plagues black Americans around the country.
His bill would subject police to the death penalty when cops commit certain crimes that already trigger the death penalty in other circumstances. Johnson, who has introduced this bill in prior Congresses, said it’s needed because police cannot be put above the law.
“I support our law enforcement officers,” Johnson said. “They have a difficult job to uphold the law and to protect and serve the American people and to keep them safe from harm’s way. They should be commended and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
“But law enforcement officers are not above the law and should be held accountable like anyone else,” he added.
“People are rightfully demanding an end to unequal justice, and that those who are responsible for the use of excessive force be brought to justice,” Johnson said.
Unfortunately for Congressman Johnson and his pals at the CBC, reporter Philippe Lemoine of the National Review has already published data that sinks the Democrat narrative the black males are somehow “targeted” by police;
According to this narrative, black men are constantly harassed by the police and routinely brutalized with impunity, even when they have done nothing wrong, and there is an “epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black men.” Even high-profile black celebrities often claim to be afraid of the police because the same thing might happen to them. Police brutality, or at least the possibility that one might become a victim of such violence, is supposed to be part of the experience of a typical black man in the U.S. Events such as the death of Brown in Ferguson are presented as proof that black men are never safe from the police.
This narrative is false. In reality, a randomly selected black man is overwhelmingly unlikely to be victim of police violence — and though white men experience such violence even less often, the disparity is consistent with the racial gap in violent crime, suggesting that the role of racial bias is small.
Let’s start with the question of fatal violence. Last year, according to the Washington Post’s tally, just 16 unarmed black men, out of a population of more than 20 million, were killed by the police. The year before, the number was 36. These figures are likely close to the number of black men struck by lightning in a given year, considering that happens to about 300 Americans annually and black men are 7 percent of the population. And they include cases where the shooting was justified, even if the person killed was unarmed.
Similarly, a black man has on average only 0.32 contacts with the police in any given year, compared with 0.35 contacts for a white man. It’s true that black men are overrepresented among people who have many contacts with the police, but not by much. Only 1.5 percent of black men have more than three contacts with the police in any given year, whereas 1.2 percent of white men do.
Perhaps living proof that a mind is a terrible thing, Rep. Johnson is best known for his concern that the US territory of Guam might “tip over” if too many Marines were stationed in the Island.