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January 8,2020 will go down in the annals of Canadian history because 57 Iranian-Canadians were among the 176 passengers who all perished in a plane crash on PS Flight 752 which  happened just 4 minutes after takeoff.

The Iranian government had finally admitted (amidst reliable intelligence reports) and conveyed the message to our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that it was a tragic mistake from the Iranian military to shoot down PS Flight 752 with a missile.It was a case of increased hypersensitivity of their electronic equipment in misidentifying the plane as an enemy presence. I just wonder and even from other folks as to why they still continue to allow commercial air travel so close to the military airspace.

All this hypervigilance has been widely speculated as a byproduct of the ongoing US-Iran conflict wherein a very   prominent Iranian military official was taken out by US forces .

All I can say is that what had happened to all the passengers on that plane appears to be an unfortunate collateral damage stemming from that ongoing US-Iran conflict. As to who really is at fault or who had really instigated it, I have my own private opinions about it. However, I do believe in karma.

I could only imagine the utmost grief from all of the victims’ families and friends with the way their loved ones had died. The healing and moving-on process will be very difficult and will take a  long time. No amount of monetary compensation will bring them back alive but at least the money will  help the relatives  continue to live their daily lives. Most of them wanted justice for the deceased.

It was right for Prime Minister Trudeau to tell Iranian President Rouhani about the need for monetary compensation for the victims’relatives as well as the need for a full and thorough investigation of the plane crash. At this time,Iran had already allowed foreign aviation,disaster and forensic specialists to come to Iran for that purpose.

Today, January 12,2020,memorial services in various parts of Canada for the PS Flight 752 victims had already started. Even though all the victims’ bodies haven’t been retrieved yet for burial purposes, due to Muslim tradition,the 3 day window to honor the dead had already begun with the memorial services.

Such a tragedy really makes one be grounded and realistic and not get into the petty, immature,trivial  and frivolous politicking.

My heart goes out to the PS Flight 752 victims and their families and friends. May their deaths not be in vain and hopefully ,justice will prevail.

 

Josie

August 4,2019

Both  American cities in El Paso,Texas and Dayton,Ohio had experienced separate mass shootings within a 13 hour period of time. Walmart in El Paso and a local nightclub in Dayton.

Both gunmen are Caucasian, in their early 20’s and preoccupied with killing people. The El Paso gunman has a white nationalist background and expressing rhetoric regarding immigrants. El Paso has a predominantly Hispanic population.He even drove 9 hours to El Paso to carry out his evil plan. (Such premeditation and a deliberate act)Speculations would be ongoing regarding this matter. On the Dayton gunman’s mind, it is still to be determined whether it was a copycat maneuver or not. Ongoing investigations into his mindset is still being explored.One finding came out regarding his writings which focused on being preoccupied with killing people. One thing’s for sure—his own sister was among those killed inside that nightclub.The Dayton gunman was killed in spite of the fact that he wore a bullet-proof vest.(Also premeditated and deliberate on his part).

As far as I can see this situation which is not new, we have 2 men who are mentally ill to even consider going on a killing spree but I wonder if it would also take something like triggers(hateful rhetoric,  political enabling and inaction,etc) to make these 2 men carry their evil plans out. Those who provide such triggers should also be held responsible as well  in my opinion.

The gun debate and political inaction secondary to political self-interests with regards to the NRA will still go on–ad nauseam.

I believe in the 2nd amendment but it has to be responsible gun regulation and ownership.

My heart goes out to the victims(and their families) of these 2 horrible shootings.

If ever change will occur, it will have to start from the top in more ways than one—gun laws, toning down of hateful rhetoric and working for the good of the people.

I guess if such change will occur, it will have to personally affect those officials so as to get a shot of empathy. If not, the best way is to vote them out.

 

Josie

 

Yesterday, US Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally submitted in its completion, his report (regarding his investigation of possible Russian involvement of the 2016 US Presidential Campaign—Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton)to the current US Attorney General  William Barr.

The much awaited Mueller report which was  maligned and praised depending on which US political party was talking about  it during its exhaustive investigating and fact-finding stages  has finally been completed after about almost 2 years and should be presented in its full entirety (without editing) to the people of the US who footed their tax bills on such an endeavor. We should also remember that during the investigation, Mr. Mueller also had  issued a substantial number of indictments regarding possible players being responsible as well.

Expect a lot of analysis,parsing,interpretations and misinterpretations as well as political spinning once that report comes out.

Let the chips fall as it is needed.

If Mr. Mueller so chooses, he can even publish his report in book form and I am sure it will become a runaway best seller. Remember Ken Starr with the  Starr Report regarding former US President Bill Clinton?

Mr. Mueller has been widely known as a very decent ,honest and honorable man. Whatever he says in that report will have to be accepted by the public in respect to him.

Like in the movie “ A Few Good Men“, a famous line was said—“You can’t handle the truth.” Hopefully, we will handle it.

In the meantime, I will get out my popcorn and enjoy the show. This will be very interesting to watch.

It’s Mueller Time!(my apologies to  Miller Beer—lol)

 

Josie

Today,post-Valentine’s Day(Feb. 15,2019), U.S. President  Donald Trump  declared a national emergency with regards to building his border wall along the US-Mexico border. In this way, he would decide the allocation of funds which would make it possible for such a wall construction to take effect. God forbid that he will dip his fingers on the US social assistance funds so as to support his border wall dream.

What happened  to his claim that Mexico will pay for the wall? Will he also donate some of his personal funds or even his Presidential salary to the wall endeavor? Just asking.

Never mind checks and balances in government. What he did is basically trying to get what he wants  in his own way and bypassing US Congress. Appears more like a dictatorship in the making.

Running Trump Towers as the main boss is one thing . Running a government is another.

 

If he really wants to execute his national emergency powers,he could do it now to enforce gun regulation in light of today’s factory shooting in Aurora. Illinois. Also as a side note, yesterday was also the 1st year anniversary of the high school shooting in Parkland,Florida.

It remains to be seen if the other US politicians will collude with him or not just for short-term political gain with regards to today’s declaration. Whether they have the political spine or not to protect US democracy.

God help us all!

 

Josie

After all these past few weeks of the ongoing (ad nauseum) US govt shutdown (because of  the US president’s obsession with building a wall along the US-Mexico border), the best solution to end this shutdown and spare the US federal workers from undeserved suffering because of with held salaries as a result of this———— since all these US politicians STILL GET PAID THEIR USUAL SALARIES in spite of this govt shutdown, their salaries SHOULD  ALSO GET FROZEN AS WELL  until they  finally get to an agreement regarding the border wall.   Better yet, donate their own salaries to the border wall funding.

I can guarantee you all that  US govt shutdown hubris  will end abruptly because it’s their own pockets which will get hurt.

So much for getting elected to serve the people, It’s just as a means to serve Number 1—themselves.

Just saying!

 

Josie

Yesterday, the news came out that George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st United States President had died(cause unknown by the public) at age 94.

Sir, you had given dignity and honor to the Office of the Presidency by doing your job as the  President of the People. You took a political job as a calling to serve the people and not use as a means to enrich yourself nor to pursue your personal interests. You were humble when told of your extensive and impressive public service credentials which everyone knows. One would never accuse you of being a braggart nor have an ego the size of the universe. And why should you? Your self-esteem and level of happiness/contentment was intact during your lifetime.

You can hold your head high as you travel up to the heavens to meet your wife Barbara who’s already waiting for you at the pearly gates “under a thousand  points of light” as you usually quote.

Rest in peace!

 

Josie

There’s a saying that in life, things happen in 3’s. In the USA, from all of last week, 3 hate crimes came out one after the other which I felt was too much already.

The first was in Kentucky where 2 black  people were gunned down in a store.

The second was in Florida where a deranged man had attempted to kill off 14 Democratic Party critics of the current US administration with man-made pipe bombs.

The third was in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania wherein 11 elderly Jewish parishioners were gunned down in a synagogue by an anti-Semite.

In all 3 episodes, they were all fueled by tons of hate speech which became aggravated and intensified with the upcoming US mid-term elections for the purpose of pandering to a certain minority electorate so as to achieve the purpose of election and the fulfillment of both personal and political agendas.

For change to happen, it has to start at the top of US leadership sans hypocrisy,denial ,arrogance and defiance.  Tamp down the harsh and nasty rhetoric! We are more civilized than that! Some lives have already been lost!

If such reforms do happen, these lost souls would not die in vain.

Karma’s a bitch. Take note to those who can initiate the change.

God help us all!

 

Josie