John Kerry: It Was Trump’s Rhetoric That Made North Korea Decide “Hey, We Need A Nuclear Bomb”

The Hill reports:

Former Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview scheduled to air Monday that President Trump’s rhetoric has given North Korea a reason to say it needs to acquire a nuclear weapon.

“I think what the president needs to do is make sure he’s not feeding into North Korea’s fear of regime change, or of you know — a unilateral attack, or otherwise,” Kerry told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“And I think the rhetoric to date has frankly stepped over the line with respect to the messages that are being sent. It’s given North Korea a reason to say ‘Hey we need a bomb because if we don’t have a bomb, we’re going to — you know — not be able to protect themselves and they’ll come after us.’”

  • The_Wretched

    Huh? I thought NK got nukes under Bush the Lesser.

    • MagnaLupus

      I was under the same impression. I wonder if Kerry is trying to imply that Drumpf’s noise has simply justified Best Korea’s fears about what happens to weird little countries that don’t have nukes.

      • bkmn

        They have had nukes for a while but only recently developed technology capable of delivering them to the US. I think he is saying efforts to achieve that goal increased because of Trump.

        • Rambie

          Then Kerry wasn’t being very clear and you know the Trump-tribe will use it for ammo

      • davewolfusa

        I think he was making the distinction between nuclear and atomic — hydrogen vs uranium bombs. A hydrogen/ nuclear has far greater yield.

    • Bad Tom

      He did.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      I agree, and as much as I’d love to be able to blame the Screaming Cheeto for this, Kim would be frantically pursuing the ICBMs irrespective of who was in the White House.

  • JackFknTwist

    Mike drop !

  • bkmn

    I miss adults being in charge.

  • Boreal

    tRump is not my fucking president, just a pretender.

  • MikeBx2
    • MagnaLupus

      That’s cruel to throw that back in our faces. It’s too soon. I haven’t healed yet.

    • another_steve

      My husband doesn’t cry easily. The last time I saw him on the verge of tears was the morning after last November’s election.

      We sat at the dining room table with our coffee cups – in complete silence.

      We couldn’t believe it.

      • Ross

        “The last time I saw him on the verge of tears was the morning after last November’s election.”

        Might I suggest a small but important change?

        The last time I saw him on the verge of tears was the morning after last November’s theft.

    • Blake J Butler

      I’ve been vengeful almost a year today. politically and socially, i’ve cut ties with people i do not associate with anymore.

      I don’t watch the news, not even Maddow despite how much i used to enjoy her, i record her but i havent watched her in a year because i don’t have it in me.

      I’ve also learned to hate so called people on the left that helped baby huey win, stealing votes away from hillary that normally would have gone to a democrat. They knew better but didn’t give a fuck, they wanted this country to burn and the people in it to suffer under baby huey.

      Which is why i have such high hopes for tomorrow.

  • Treant

    Even I’m going to evaluate that one as “partially true.” NK has been working on nukes for years and, with or without justification, would have ended up with one.

    However, Dumpster made it seem very slightly more reasonable to have a small arsenal. NK knows China would protect them against a first strike. We know NK knows that. So there’s no real reason to have your own arsenal…except to deter the US from launching first since you can hit back.

  • HAAAAAAA
  • Leo

    OT. Blogger says Tay’s a Nazi, her lawyers sue, ACLU is countersuing. Bizarre.
    https://twitter.com/Variety/status/927635489653510152

    • gaycuckhubby

      STOP CALLING EVERYONE YOU DISAGREE WITH A NAZI!

      You can be rascist and misogynistic and homophobic and transphobic and xenophobic and an overall piece of shit and still not be a Nazi. Referring to everybody as a Nazi makes the term worthless.

      • Lazycrockett

        Shut up, nazi.

        • gaycuckhubby

          😁😁😁

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Is there anything she has done that has triggered this Nazi claim?
        Can’t say she has a been on my radar.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Who knows? Probably because her latest video was derivative of Beyonce’s

          • Natty Enquirer

            Nazi plagiarist! /s

        • Joe in PA

          But mostly: who cares?

      • Todd20036

        Um, you just described a Nazi

        • gaycuckhubby

          All Nazis are racist pieces of shits. But not all racist pieces of shits are Nazis.

      • Tulle Christensen

        I think my cat may be a Nazi

        • Karl Dubhe

          Mine is, uses his claws on my face as an alarm clock.

          “feed me, or else.”

      • another_steve

        While we’re on the subject… Let’s all stop labeling someone who posts unpopular, non-hive mind opinions on stuff (in these JMG threads and elsewhere) a “troll.”

        A blog troll is someone who engages in ad hominem argument (i.e., attacks the person, not the opinion/view being expressed by the person) or whose purpose in commenting is to disrupt conversation.

        There are genuine trolls, but the voicing of an unpopular or non-PC view doesn’t per se make a person a troll.

        • PickyPecker

          troll.

          • another_steve

            Chicken parm for dinner here tonight, sweetie.

            🙂

          • PickyPecker
          • another_steve

            Lol. 😉 The kids here have no idea what that picture is from, PP.

            Life, for most of them, started with Madonna.

          • PickyPecker

            Seriously? Isn’t Little Rascals a classic for kids?

          • another_steve

            Honey, we “kids” who watched those shows back in the 50s when they were syndicated for television under the title “The Little Rascals” are today struggling with urinary incontinence.

          • RoFaWh

            Don’t talk to me about urinary incontinence!

            I’ve reached the point where there are plastic tubs parked here and there so there’s always one within reach when the irresistible urge to pee suddenly strikes. Without them, it’s urine soaked undies more often than I care to think about.

            The problem is compounded by my taste for Gregg Homme undies. They are almost invariably made from very thin fabric that cannot entirely soak up the pee.

          • another_steve

            Women have their biological curses – breast cancer, endometrial cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer. We guys have the prostate.

            The symptoms of BPH are (to put it mildly) unpleasant. But as long as prostate-related problems remain “benign,” all is well. Relatively speaking.

            Men with BPH should keep that in mind.

          • RoFaWh

            Mine is due to nerve damage as my lumbar spine slowly collapses. My prostate is fine.

            I see nice Dr. Svorkdahl at the local pain clinic periodically for injections right into the spine. They help and the procedure doesn’t hurt. The needle is positioned with great precision by using a fluoroscope to see just where it is.

            As my GP once put it, getting old isn’t for sissies.

    • Lazycrockett

      Wut woo She’s gonna write a song bout you!!!!

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Ha! Kerry’s bombshell claim is certain to make Trumpbot heads explode!!
    Good times!

  • another_steve

    Surprise surprise…the orange sexual predator has made the world less safe.

    Who’d a’thought it.

    • RoFaWh

      Just as the GOP makes the US a worse place to live, not a better one.

  • Boreal
  • Boreal
  • bkmn

    I was really hoping Team Mueller would have dropped more indictments today, just to keep Hair Furor in full rage while he is in Asia.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e50aae7cef7195cf9a4c89918e689847ce39fbc6b3e5781fe99f0889d5fcb62.jpg

    • gaycuckhubby

      I doubt it will be on election day. Probably wed at earliest

    • Treant

      I wondered about that; it could be seen as influencing the elections, which would be justification for firing Mueller.

      • Natty Enquirer

        That would be an ironic blunder.

      • Tawreos

        If the actions of the GOP haven’t swayed their vote, I doubt anything will.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      These indictments are so addicting! Mueller can’t issue enough of them to satisfy our cravings.
      There is no cure for the nation’s Indictment-Crisis except more indictments – and soon!

      • Joe in PA

        Indictment crack!

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          Not enough drug mules Muellers to satisfy the insatiable demand.

          • Joe in PA

            LOL.

    • Karl Dubhe

      There’s voting going on today, in Virginia. Don’t wanna distract from that, do you? 🙂

      It’ll be Paddy Wagon Wednesday. The best “hump day” ever.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Please, I am begging to you, show some humanity and use the real “Annie” not that piece of shit movie that they called “Annie.” I am offended every time i see that horrible impostor. You could drive me to drink or just the liquor store which ever you prefer… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f74503f2ad45edb47ee4936b909af1c2c792c952f4e0f7757dc6d18b0eeadd98.jpg

  • Lazycrockett

    Well when you threaten to annihilate a country on the floor of the United Nations, yes they have every reason to fear and need to protect themselves from Drumpf.

  • Boreal
    • Joe in PA

      Maybe in your world. Sad!

      • Boreal

        Your post is low energy.

        • Joe in PA

          Don’t make me hurt you. 🙂

          • Boreal
          • Treant

            Get a room. With a video camera. And an unlocked door. And post the address.

          • Boreal

            URL on the way.

          • Joe in PA

            totally O/T…how was your chili yesterday? Hubs made ours with 1/2 venison. Blech. I could still taste it. 🙁 I hate it that I don’t like venison…we could eat if all year for free. 🙁

          • Boreal

            It was phenomenal. I used ground turkey and tomatoes from a friends garden, most of which were Romas. It’s tonight’s dinner as well since I am still at work.

          • PickyPecker

            Last of the tomatos, I’m betting.

          • Boreal

            Yes. That’s it. Now it is frozen or store bought.

          • ZRAinSWVA

            It’s always hard to see them go…we have just a few left, all beefsteaks (yellow, red and striped), along with a large number of green tomatoes…yum!

          • PickyPecker

            How odd! Hubby surprised me with his homemade chili for dinner yesterday! Was phenomenal, as always. Venison is not allowed in our house. lol

          • Silver Badger

            I think venison is like rabbit, squirrel and possum. You have to grow up eating it in order for it to be palatable.

          • ben-andy

            I have 4 possums in the freezer. I’m going to dig a big hole in the garden and put them under a nice new grove of banana stems. I’m the top predator on my block.

            Nasty marsupials. Not native to CA, imported to feed Okies who quickly decided they’d rather eat ANYTHING else. They’re very invasive [the possums, I rather like Okies].

          • PickyPecker

            The teeth on those critters!!!

          • Mike__in_Houston

            The possums or the Okies?

          • Nic Peterson

            Loved having productive bananas. We had a stand of Latundan, commonly called ‘apple bananas’. What a mess they create and they reproduce as quickly as Mugwai.

          • RoFaWh

            Rabbit isn’t bad. It’s like chicken with extra bones.

            I once went to dinner at a co-worker’s house. I was the first guest to arrive, and when I did, the hostess whispered “we’re having rabbit but don’t tell anyone.”

            I suspect she said that to every guest as they arrived.

          • Priya Lynn

            The first time I ate venison I was around 12. It tasted like very bland beef.

          • Karl Dubhe

            Ever tried it with more bacon?

            I can only eat venison when it’s drenched in pig fat. And spices, lots and lots of spices.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            Don’t forget more spices.

            You asked earlier for a non Facebook link to a nice inspirational video I found to counter current politics.

            Found it!

            https://youtu.be/PveLZCyNN4U

            PS: Totally on topic ’round these parts…I want that barber!

          • ZRAinSWVA

            Try canning it with beef bullion. Seriously.

          • Karl Dubhe

            If ever I get some, again, I will.

            Otherwise, I’ll live without. 🙂

          • RoFaWh

            One of the women I worked with for years used to head up to northern BC (up by the border with Yukon) with her husband to go deer hunting every year. She told me once that the venison from that area is much better than the venison from around here; because Victoria’s climate is so mild, parasites thrive and the meat is laced with them. Not so in the much colder north.

            Since they ate the stuff, I can only take her statements as true.

          • KevInPDX

            Joe, is lamb (or bison) too strong for you? Some people even find Willamette Valley lamb strong. I get it, but… I love venison! I even like mutton if it’s not too fatty. Elk is less gamy and even better tasting. Difficult to get drawn for a decent hunt for elk or deer in WA or OR.
            PA (& NY) has sooooo many eastern white tailed deer they are an urban/semi rural nuisance, agricultural menace and uncontrollable (I am very fond of deer who are alive too). Chili is a good way to use deer meat if ya like deer meat. A tempeh chili can be quite nice too. Use black beans though. Now kidney beans I have a problem with lol (Major tangent, sorry. I’ve had a few home brews).

          • ZRAinSWVA

            NO mutton! Definitely not! I grew up on a farm where we raised sheep. The older culls always ended up in barley soup, which would become a big, gelatinous mess after a couple of days. {{{I could still barf at the thought of it!}}}

          • Joe in PA

            Hi Kevin, I can do lamb if it is really lamb (not mutton!). A friend has a caterer friend that makes these tiny lamb lollipops that are great. I’ve had venison back strap (loin?) and it was good. But just about any other time…not so great. I really thought chili would ‘disguise” it. Hmmm. We live in an agricultural area…one would think the deer would be just like beef with all the corn/soy beans they consume. 🙁 Thanks for the reply.

          • Silver Badger

            beat me too it by mere seconds.

          • Todd20036

            Couldn’t have put it better!

          • Joe in PA

            Dammit, I knew I should have added “and not in a good way.

            🙂 Perv.

          • Nic Peterson

            Girls! GIRLS!

      • JWC

        Cost about as much as a bed sheet and you dont have to cut eye holes

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      I cross the street whenever I see one of those.
      Creepy!

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  • EdA

    Well, Senator Cottonhead and over 50 other Republiscum Senators warned the ayatollahs of Iran that they should step up their efforts to build a nuclear weapon because a future Republiscum president would renege on the multi-national nuclear agreement with Iran. I suspect that there are a lot of Iranians who are kicking themselves that they had more faith in America than essentially every Republiscum senator did. But then, they were and are the faithless ones.

  • Joe in PA

    He’s got that Kennedy hair. 🙁 #jealous

    • Lazycrockett

      … The smell of Sunday in our hair
      We ran on the beach with kennedy flair
      Sweet sweet burn of sun and summer wind
      And you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling …

      kd. lang

  • gaycuckhubby
    • Treant

      Dis my gardens and I will fuck you up.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Sounds like a petunias versus pansies fight to the death.

    • coram nobis

      The War of the Roses.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        War of the douches

    • Lazycrockett
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      I’ll bet that creepy Rand deliberately mowed over his neighbor’s flower bed.

      • Cipher

        I’m betting he sprayed some nasty pesticide after being told it would harm the neighbor’s granchildren, crops, well, etc. Because, you know, Libertarian BS values…

    • Tomcat

      I told him to keep his damn prayer plants off my property.

    • Tatonka

      Rand probably wanted to plant some kind of ornamental bamboo. That stuff can spread faster than a herpes outbreak.

    • Cackalaquiano

      A “flora issue”

    • Gerry Fisher

      Our country is being sold out by treasonous snakes, and a US Senator gets into a physical altercation over flora.

      • djcoastermark

        Well finally a new meaning to flora duh !

    • RoFaWh

      Probably a dispute over just where the property line is.

      Common as dirt (in more than one sense).

      The underlying structural issue is that many states still have wholly antiquated laws regarding real property, hence the expensive title searches before one signs on the dotted line to buy a place.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Karl Dubhe

      I was hoping all of the replies would say ‘retire’, many of them did. 🙂

    • Treant

      Is he still talking? He honestly hasn’t gotten the message yet?

      • danolgb

        There’s only one voice Bernie listen’s to.. Bernie’s. Barney Frank told us that a long time ago.

    • Blake J Butler

      He did nothing to help in Virginia, and only select candidates are getting help from our revolution, Perriello is doing more to help everyone down ballot than this old independent asshole.

      The party owes him nothing, especially when he can’t help the party and 3/4ths of the people in it. Super delegates are there to help people get elected that will support the party which cannot be said for him who might as well be a justice democrat, an independent with no intent to support the party but try to mold it to his liking.

      27 dollars per donor also won’t be enough to take on the GOP and their mega donors, you need to bring guns to a gun fight, not a knife, you’re going to need all the help you can, including mega donors.

      • Lazycrockett

        He shouldnt be allowed to run as a democrat. Make him run as an independent. Exile Him.

        • Blake J Butler

          He’s also not going to like it that a couple of states already are moving away from caucuses and instead are having primaries.

        • danolgb

          Did you see my post about how he manipulates the VT Senate race? He files to run as both an independent and enters the Dem primary. That not only gives him a lot of free publicity, but it sends the message that regardless of whether or not he wins the primary, he’s going to run as an independent. This tells any serious challengers to stay out and he’ll just kamikaze the vote in the general and knock them both out if needed. He “wins” the primary, then declines the nomination. Why do we keep letting him in a primary where he plans on turning down the nomination? If anything sounds like rigging an election, it’s this. I kinda wonder what would have happened if he had won the presidential primary. I’m starting to think the would have pulled the same stunt.

          https://vtdigger.org/2012/06/13/sanders-papers-filed-peyton-running-for-governor/#.WgDYL9WnFaS

        • Gretchen

          No one should be allowed to run as a Democrat who isn’t a party member. For an office like president, you should have some pretty substantial bona fides as a long time party member to get on the ballot let alone any actual support from the party.

    • Tomcat

      He sure likes to use our party to collect donations to HIS cause.

    • danolgb

      You know that big “bombshell” Donna dropped? It was reported on when it happened. So of course Bernie was “stoic” when she told him. He already knew.
      And pay particular note to the passage where the agreement was based on Gore’s campaign’s exact same agreement. Guess who was Gore’s campaign manager.
      https://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/clinton-puts-tight-grip-on-dnc-wallet-119748

    • Gretchen

      Dear Local Garden Club,

      I am not now, never have been, and do not intend to become a member of your club, but I do not like your group’s bylaws or how you elect your officers. I agree with how you grow your personal gardens, and I have been a gardener myself for a long time. I have been encouraging young people to start gardening. Since I have been so successful getting young people excited about gardening, I think you should listen to me instead of the people you elected to make decisions for your club. If you don’t do what I say, I am going to go on television and social media and say really mean things about you that may or not be true just because I can. I don’t care if it destroys your club and Monsanto and Dow Chemical get to destroy all your gardens and the entire planet.

      Sincerely,

      Mr. Green Thumb

  • gaycuckhubby

    Brand new CNN poll… Trump approval at 36%

    • Todd20036

      Winning!

  • Karl Dubhe

    I don’t think it was Trump’s rhetoric that led the NKs to think that they needed a WMD for “self-defense.”

    Especially since they were built before Trump was elected.

    • Cipher

      That is fair, but the N. Korean program is certainly being accelerated under the current situation. Meanwhile, the Trump bombast seems to encourage more test missiles and rockets. Obama/Clinton/Kerry understood that one way to discourage NK was to act behind the scenes and avoid “punching down”; by repeatedly mentioning Kim by name, Trump is making him relevant and feeding into their narrative that the “West” is out to destroy the fruits of their people’s revolution.

      Most diplomats learned when Idiot Bush put NK in the “axis of Evil” that tough talk only makes the situation worse. As Rex T. said, we now have an effing moron in the White House and here we are…

    • coram nobis

      True enough, but Donald isn’t helping. He probably has Japan and South Korea thinking they need bombs as well, and probably has the NKs thinking they need not just having warheads but testing them more often.

      • The_Wretched

        “miniaturization” And missiles. Missile tech is what gets those nukes to their targets. Making mini warheads means MIRV and easier specs for the missiles.

      • Karl Dubhe

        You’ve got that right.

        But they can’t test too many, they need the stuff that makes them to make more, or maintain the ones they have. If I understand how that weapons system works, which isn’t that likely. 🙂

  • Texndoc

    Kerry’s statement will be manna to the Limbaugh types. Because of course it’s nonsense.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Rex

    Mark my words, the day will come when the people of this country will realize that the election of Trump is the biggest mistake that was ever made. (Some of us are already of aware of this.)

    • Adam King

      It wasn’t a mistake. It was an attack, planned and carried out by Russia.

  • BeaverTales

    That’s not true…. the reasons we have had decades of sanctions against NK is because they decided to build nuclear weapons decades ago. China always ignores the sanctions. Trump is obviously making things worse, but he’s not the reason NK has the bomb.

    • Silver Badger

      They would. China’s the only reason there is a North Korea.

    • bkmn

      And now Russia is egging them on too, to destabilize the world.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Well, here’s the thing: if the U.S. Israel, China, Russia, the U.K., France, India, Pakistan, etc. can have nukes, why shouldn’t NK? I’m not saying they should have them, but the self-indulgent tut-tutting by these other nations is beyond rich.

      • Karl Dubhe

        It’s not like the nuclear powers are respecting the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. IIRC, that calls for them to disarm, not build a new generation of ‘better’ nukes.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          EXACTLY!

          The bottom line is, the real reason superpowers don’t like others having nukes is because they themselves lose full control. Again, not a fan of NK, but it’s their country and if it’s good enough for America, it’s good enough for anyone else.

          Calm down people, I’m being sarcastic, with a nice jolt of satire thrown in for good measure.

      • BeaverTales

        Someday nukes will proliferate into any nation that wants them…enriched Uranium is not kept in tight security in every country (especially Russia and French West African nations like Niger), and there are lots of stories of it just walking out of places it is “securely stored”, even in the USA …I’m waiting for them to turn up in conflict zones like Africa and the Middle East, where war is their main export and bombs might someday become available to the highest bidder.

        https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-11-22/russian-thieves-made-full-bombs-worth-highly-enriched-uranium
        https://www.wired.com/2011/09/uranium-mia/

  • Lazycrockett
    • Tulle Christensen

      Trump will be in South Korea. Does anyone know how many minutes he would have to get on Air Force One and in the air if North Korea launch a missile at him there

      just asking

      • Tomcat

        Hopefully not enough.

      • coram nobis

        Seoul is within artillery range of the border. Very little warning time.

      • Lantor

        In all seriousness, I bet the secret service has three or four direct lines to Air Force One and they won’t shut the engines off the entire time he is there.

      • Lars Littlefield

        If they park AF1 to refuel and fill the tires, he’ll have less than 20 minutes before a long-range missile explodes over his head.

    • Tomcat

      Hope he gets his North and South confused.

  • bkmn

    O/T – if in the Minneapolis area tonight Phi Phi O’Hara is holding a fundraiser for Puerto Rico at 1st Ave. $75 entry/$150 VIP

    http://www.citypages.com/arts/phi-phi-ohara-on-bringing-30-drag-queen-stars-together-for-a-first-ave-benefit-for-puerto-rico/455584223

    • Joe in PA

      Do you miss MPLS?

      • PickyPecker

        I do sometimes. A city that really has a LOT to offer. I doubt I would recognize it anymore.

        • Lars Littlefield

          You’d recognize it. Despite a rash of new skyscrapers, the place flat as a prairie city can be.

        • Joe in PA

          Since I left to join the Navy at 18, I barely remember it to begin with. 🙂 My experience of the city is from visiting relatives. My niece got married at the Walker Art Center…so beautiful. And just this summer, I toured Summit Ave in St Paul for the first time. Wow. And the city lakes are amazing, my nephew lives adjacent to Lake Nokomis (sp?). And just two years ago, I biked around Lake Calhoun. Hmmm, maybe we should reconsider MPLS as a post post retirement location. 🙂

          • PickyPecker

            We already decided…not moving back. The weather plays a big part of that decision.

          • PickyPecker

            When I was a college Pecker I lived near Lake Harriet….my favorite in the chain.

      • bkmn

        Sure do, though it sounds like the mayoral race this year is all sorts of nasty.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    While I don’t think for one moment that’s the sole reason, the fact remains that Trump has done all he can to ratchet up the saber rattling rhetoric, thus giving NK the excuse they need to build nukes.

    • RoFaWh

      He’s a child who thinks he’s playing with toy soldiers.

  • BJORN RAGNVALDR

    Just thought I’d share a counter to the current news.
    A stud does good.
    https://www.facebook.com/bbcthree/videos/10155271619625787/

    • Karl Dubhe

      Any non facebook link? 🙂

      • canoebum

        You can view the video without having to sign in.

    • canoebum

      There’s a similar story on Daily Kos: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/6/1713224/-Barber-who-has-been-giving-free-haircuts-to-homeless-is-gifted-barbershop-by-stranger

      Raising the self-esteem and hope of the vulnerable. There’s still some good in the world.

    • Lars Littlefield

      In the early 1970s when Esquire was a BIG floppy magazine that caused many paper cuts when you read it, the editors ran a piece on homeless alcoholics. They showed before photos of down-and-out men sharing a bottle or passed out in their own urine. Then they showed after studio portraits once they had taken them off the streets, cleaned them, cut their hair and styled them in designer suits and sports wear. The effect was amazing. I quite liked it. But unfortunately in the glamour studio portraits they showed the men holding a daiquiri, gin and tonic, expensive single-malt scotch, glass of expensive wine. snifter of brandy, etc. That sort of defeated the purpose of the whole shoot for me and many others who wrote in and complained using lots of four-letter words.

      But this barber guy, he’s got the right idea. He’s building back the men’s dignity and then not stripping it away for his own glorification. I’d like to know this guy.

  • PickyPecker

    OT: An interesting read about the ‘Paradise Papers.’
    bbc ~ ‘Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41876942

    • Joe in PA

      Interesting or depressing?? ;(

      • PickyPecker

        More interesting than depressing. Sortof a primer.

    • Silver Badger

      There may be more pictures of scantily clad young men.

    • The_Wretched

      The detail of note for me was that while one law firm in one country had its docs made available, there’s many more firms and many more countries who should know about the highest end / elites / oligarchs of all countries pulling similar tricks to avoid taxes and hide their wealth / influence.

      • RoFaWh

        Fortunately, computer security is difficult and hacking is easy.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Been reading a fair amt online about them. WOW, Apple doesn’t come across particularly well. Yikes!

      But, I’m sure that once the most successful company in the world, at the moment, gets that corp tax rate lowered everyting will be totes cool.

      (eyeroll)

  • Lazycrockett

    I take it with Joe being in the Canary Islands posts will end earlier than normal right?

    • Dazzer

      I’d have thought so. It’ll be 10.45pm where he is.

      • Tulle Christensen

        So nearly time for the party to start

        • PickyPecker

          Some sort of ‘Wet and Hairy Bear’ event.

        • Dazzer

          Things will probably kick off around midnight.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Photos of the Caldo de osos he enjoys at dinner maybe?

  • another_steve

    Oy… Kerry Boyfriend could have been President, had he not projected that “undertaker thing” he’s got goin’ for him.

    Hurts my heart.

    • edrex

      and theresa heinz would have been amusing as first lady.

      • another_steve

        “Ketchup for the Masses”

    • Adam King

      He could have been president if Ken Blackwell hadn’t stolen the election in Ohio.

      • another_steve

        And look what we ended up with, for his second term as President.

        Perhaps the second-most stupid President of the United States, second only to the orange horror currently in the White House.

    • Ross

      When I went to bed on election night in 2004, Kerry was the projected winner.

      Thank God, I thought. No more Bush!

      When I woke, Bush had…won.

      Or had he?

      I immediately noticed that there had been a significant shift in like six states, and all the opposite of what exit polling had showed.

      All six states had the new Diebold paperless voting machines.

      All six.

      To this day I am convinced that 2004 was stolen.

      Ditto for 2016.

      I no longer have any confidence in our elections.

      • another_steve

        Bush v. Gore.

        Historians will record it as perhaps the greatest judicial/political miscarriage of justice in the modern era.

        • Franciscan

          Perhaps you all are referring to the election of 2000? That was the judicial coup.

      • stevenj

        I consider the results of the 2004 election a judicial coup.

  • Cackalaquiano

    Didn’t they get a nuclear bomb under W or Obama?

    • Adam King

      Yeah. What they’re working on now is long-range missiles. They’ve had bombs for years.

      • Gianni

        NK’s first atomic bomb was tested in 2006 during the Dubbya Bush administration.and has continued steadily since. The latest major development in their bomb program was a hydrogen bomb detonated in 2015. As you said, their aim now is to develop the necessary long range ICBM’s to reach the mainland USA. They’re well along on that path.

    • -M-

      Yes. Clinton had set up an agreement intended to steer them onto a less dangerous path, then W came in with a get tough attitude that ruined any chance of them trusting us. Though I don’t think Clinton’s deal had the kind of strong oversight requirements that Obama and Kerry’s Iran deal does either.

    • Gianni

      1st detonation of an atomic bomb was during Dubbya’s admin.

  • leastyebejudged

    An obvious lie from Kerry. I’m glad he never got elected President.

    I’m no Trump fan, but accepting these kinds of outright, obviously politically motivated lies is part of exactly why a Trump got elected.

    • Ross

      Did Trump get elected?

      Or was the election stolen for him?

      My money is on the latter.

      • leastyebejudged

        tomato, tomato.

  • Gianni

    Kerry’s statement,….”It’s given North Korea a reason to say ‘Hey we need a bomb because if we
    don’t have a bomb, we’re going to — you know — not be able to protect
    themselves and they’ll come after us.’” is misleading in that NK realized the protective power that nuclear weapons could give the country way back under Kim’s grandfather’s administration. Kim Il Sung, his son Kim Jong Il, and now Kim Jong Un have all pushed their nuclear development program with all due speed regardless of who was in the White House or how the White House addressed the problem of dealing with NK. Trump’s schoolyard responses to Li’l Kims equally childish provocations, certainly haven’t helped in any sensible way to encourage NK to talk with other nations about how to come to terms over this.

  • Sam

    Twitter war. Nuclear war. Ordering a can of Coke. For Trump they’re all just the push of a button.

    • RoFaWh

      Does the voice at the other end of the line ever say “Get your own fucking Coke, asshole!”????

  • Kevin Andrews

    These Corporate Dems, Republican-Lite Meat-Puppets are all Fascist. How any of these buffoons are able to keep a straight face as they lie, lie, lie is a mystery to me. I guess when you are a whore for this Lobby or that Lobby you clearly have no patriotism, morals or ethics.
    More same old stuff, different day.

  • Charles Nelson

    North Korea has been developing nuclear weapons for more than a decade.
    Please don’t start to talk like Our Glorious Leader.

  • Professor Barnhardt

    They’ve been itching to acquire nukes for decades.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    True, NK has been working towards nuclear weapons for decades. Always in secret, because there was no legitimate reason for them to have nuclear weapons.

    Enter Trump, his ignorant sabre-rattling, and outright threats. Now, NK has the excuse to go public and seek international help: “Who else will protect us from the dangerous maniac who could command a nuclear attack on a whim?”