What will undoubtedly happen now is that Florida will lose billions of dollars as students will go to other states to attend college and businesses and research companies will locate elsewhere. Isn’t that fun? Equally amusing: cruise lines cannot ask whether someone is vaccinated before boarding, but schools can ask students what political party they support. Dystopia squared.
To conclude: when you’re punishing educational institutions for failing to produce drones that dutifully parrot your bankrupt ideology, what you are is a Nazi. Your mom must be so proud you went to Harvard and Yale. Ron DeSantis – Wikipedia
I see a lot of Florida college students and/or educators lawsuits coming to sue DeSantis for violating their privacy. Since it’s entirely unconstitutional…
Krystal and Saagar dive into the private sector benefits in Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure package.
“Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?” Carter asked. “None. And we have stayed at war.” The U.S., he noted, has only enjoyed 16 years of peace in its 242-year history, making the country “the most warlike nation in the history of the world,” Carter said. This is, he said, because of America’s tendency to force other nations to “adopt our American principles.”
Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result for the United States and its Allies American Revolutionary War
(1775–1783)Location: Eastern North America, Southern North America, Gibraltar, India, Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic
US-allied victory Cherokee–American wars
(1776–1795)Part of the American Indian Wars
Location: Old Southwest
Cherokee US-allied victory Northwest Indian War
(1785–1793)Part of the American Indian Wars
Location: Northwest Territory
Western Confederacy US-allied victory Quasi-War
(1798–1800)Location: Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean
France Convention of 1800
- Peaceful cessation of Franco-American alliance
- End of French privateer attacks on American shipping
- American neutrality and renunciation of claims by France
- Advisory role from the forming of the MAAG in Vietnam to the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
- Direct U.S. involvement ended in 1973 with the Paris Peace Accords. The Paris Peace Accords of January 1973 saw all U.S forces withdrawn; the Case–Church Amendment, passed by the U.S Congress on 15 August 1973, officially ended direct U.S military involvement .
- The war reignited on December 13, 1974 with offensive operations by North Vietnam, leading to victory over South Vietnam in under two months.
Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result for the United States and its Allies War in Afghanistan
(2001–present)Part of the War on Terror and the War in Afghanistan (1978–present)
Resolute Support Mission
Taliban splinter groups
- Wilayat Khorasan (ISIL-K)
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
- United States invasion of Afghanistan (2001)
- List of drone strikes in Afghanistan (2001)
- Destruction of al-Qaeda and Taliban militant training camps (2001)
- Fall of the Taliban government (2001)
- Establishment of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan under the Karzai administration
- Start of Taliban insurgency
- Drone strikes in Pakistan
- Death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011
- Death of Mohammed Omar in July 2013
- Over two-thirds of Al-Qaeda’s operatives killed or captured
- International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) disbanded in December 2014
- Commencement of Resolute Support Mission in December 2014
- All US troops to withdraw by September 11, 2021
(2003–2011)Part of the War on Terror
- Invasion and occupation of Iraq
- Overthrow of Ba’ath Party government
- Execution of Saddam Hussein
- Emergence of significant insurgency, rise of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and severe sectarian violence
- Subsequent reduction in violence and depletion of al-Qaeda in Iraq
- Establishment of democratic elections and formation of new Shia-led government
- U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement
- Withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011
- Stronger Iranian influence in Iraq[dubious ]
- Escalation of sectarian insurgency after U.S. withdrawal leading to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the successor of al-Qaeda in Iraq
- Iraqi Civil War (2013–2017)
- Return of US forces to Iraq in 2014
Second U.S. Intervention in the Somali Civil War
(2007–2021)Part of the Somali Civil War (1991–present) and the War on Terror
- Drone strikes in Somalia
- Raids against al-Shabaab militants conducted by U.S. Special Operations Forces
- African Union Intervention
- U.S. backed Ethiopian invasion in 2006
- Kenyan intervention
- Newly formed federal government established in 2012
- Power struggle within Al-Shabaab
- Majority of US Troops withdraw in January 2021
Operation Ocean Shield
(2009–2016)Part of the War on Terror
Location: Indian Ocean
Somali pirates US-allied victory International intervention in Libya
(2011)Part of the Libyan Crisis and the First Libyan Civil War
United Arab Emirates
Libya US-allied victory
- Overthrow of the Gaddafi government and the killing of Muammar Gaddafi
- Assumption of interim control by National Transitional Council (NTC)
- Diplomatic recognition of NTC as sole governing authority for Libya by 105 countries, UN, EU, AL and AU
- Post-civil war violence in Libya leading to the second civil war in 2014
Operation Observant Compass
(2011–2017)Part of the War on Terror
Central African Republic
Lord’s Resistance Army Ongoing
- Founder and leader of the LRA Joseph Kony goes into hiding
- Senior LRA commander Dominic Ongwen surrenders to American forces in the Central African Republic and is tried at the Hague
- Majority of LRA installations and encampments located in South Sudan and Uganda abandoned and dismantled
- Small scale LRA activity continues in eastern DR Congo, and the Central African Republic
American-led intervention in Iraq
(2014–present)Part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Iraqi Civil War, the Spillover of the Syrian Civil War, the War on Terror and the International ISIS campaign
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Ongoing
- Tens of thousands of ISIL fighters killed
- American-led forces launch over 13,300 airstrikes on ISIL positions in Iraq
- Heavy damage dealt to ISIL forces, ISIL loses 40% of its territory in Iraq by January 2016, and all of its territory in Iraq in December 2017
- Multinational humanitarian and arming of ground forces efforts
- 200 ISIL created mass graves found containing up to 12,000 people
- Ongoing US-led Coalition advising and training of Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces
- US maintains limited military presence in Iraq
American-led intervention in Syria
(2014–present)Part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Syrian Civil War, the War on Terror and the International ISIS campaign
Israel (limited involvement; against Hezbollah and government forces only)
Free Syrian Army (2011–2017)
al-Qaeda linked groups:
Syria (limited encounters with US and Israel)
- Over 11,200 American and allied airstrikes hit ISIS and other extremist groups within Syria
- Thousands of ISIS targets destroyed and thousands more militants captured or killed
- ISIL lose Mosul and Raqqa (2017), then other most of territory in Iraq and then Syria
- Syrian government Chemical attack in Ghouta (2013) leading to OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria
- American support for anti-government rebels
- Deployment of U.S. Marines and Special Forces
- Massive amounts of human rights violations and war crimes, in particular by Syrian government forces
- Semi-regular chemical attacks attributed to the Assad regime leads to condemnation and threats of measures to enforce the chemical weapons convention and the Geneva protocol to which Syria is a party. Chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun results in a retaliatory naval strike on the Syrian government-controlled Shayrat Airbase, Douma chemical attack results in retaliatory strikes/
- Various confrontations and airstrikes, including a downing of a Syrian SU-17 between the United States and Syrian government and the shoot down of a Turkish F-4 by the Syrian government
- Multiple incidents between Israel and Syria, including several Syrian S-200 missiles launched toward Israeli fighter jets during an Israeli Air Force mission inside Syrian territory, and an Israeli F-16 shot down by Syrian Air Defense forces after retaliatory strikes against Iranian targets near Damascus after a Syrian drone crossed into Israeli airspace
- ISIS detainee crisis takes hold in northern Syria
- Civilian deaths due to Coalition airstrikes in Syria and Iraq: over 1,300 according to Coalition, 8,267–13,168 according to independent estimates.
American intervention in Libya
(2015–2020)Part of the Second Libyan Civil War, the War on Terror, and the International ISIS Campaign
Islamic State in Libya US-allied Victory
- Liberation of Sirte
- Hundreds of airstrikes carried out in Libya against Islamic State affiliated militant groups
- They’re not well trained. In many places, police may only have a couple of months of training before they’re given a badge. One of the big problems is that there are nearly 18,000 different police forces in the United States. The UK has 48.
- U.S. gun laws mean that when a police officer confronts a civilian, they’re likely to be armed or have arms nearby. It’s actually more dangerous when someone is driving or in their home, both of which are likely to have weapons.
- Police forces often antagonize the civilians they’re serving and are seen by many communities as “trouble”. That makes civilians fearful, panicky, disrespectful and/or aggressive, none of which helps in a police encounter. Not having earned the respect of the community, they often have to demand it.
- Police are often given counter-productive quotas or goals which they have to meet to either keep their jobs or get promotion. That includes writing as many tickets as possible (often to increase municipal revenue) or making arrests. Let’s put it this way – in the US an officer is unlikely to get any kind of praise for not arresting anyone during a month even though that’s the norm in other countries.
- Many people with aggression issues or racist tendencies want to become police officers. In fact, it’s been shown that white supremacist groups in the U.S. encourage their members to join law enforcement. Use of things like steroids tends to be higher with police officers, and they’re encouraged to “stay in shape”.
- It’s pretty much impossible to get rid of a bad cop. Even if a cop is fired, they usually just wind up on a smaller force. It’s easier than trying to keep them from working as a cop altogether.
What is something unrealistic that you often see in movies that annoys the hell out of you?
- no headrests
- Villains can’t shoot
- Heroes never reload their weapons
- Women fighting with long hairs. How do they even see?
- Teenagers with flawless skin and looking like they are in their mid-20s
- How do heroes remember who has killed their father or mother when he was 5. Most people forget what has happened at that time.
- How do women knock out men twice their size without a scratch? Men have height and weight advantage.
- Highly-trained snipers missing a very clean shot
Washington Post Opinion Columnist Max Boot joins Zerlina Maxwell to discuss his latest piece on what’s wrong with the Republican party, and why it may not survive.
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