Trouble for Donald Trump: Russia Has a U.S. Tomahawk Missile

Trouble for Donald Trump: Russia Has a U.S. Tomahawk Missile (Source The National Interest)

Russia is boasting that it has recovered America’s Tomahawk cruise missiles that were launched in Syria but failed to explode. Russian officials have promised that examining two unexploded Tomahawks, salvaged by the Syrians and turned over to Moscow, would enable Russia would develop new jamming equipment. “Having this missile in hand, we can clearly understand what channels of communication, information and control, navigation and range it has. Knowing all these parameters, we will be able to more effectively counter these cruise missiles at all stages of their combat deployment,” said Vladimir Mikheev, an adviser to the first deputy general director of Russia’s state-owned KRET electronics group. Other Russian experts said that the Tomahawks would yield secrets of the latest missile navigation systems (one called it “a textbook on materials science, a textbook on technologies falling from the skies”).

What Next For A Westless Europe?

What Next For A Westless Europe?(Source World leaders gathered for the Munich Security Conference in one of the most important military and foreign-policy conferences of the year. This year’s theme was “Westlessness.” Since the end of the Second World War, “the West” has been one of the key players in world events. While not totally unified, the West includes the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Western Europe, with Eastern Europe joining after the end of the Cold War. This bloc has held similar values—freedom, democracy, relatively free market economies—and is held together by a series of overlapping alliances, like NATO and the European Union. Westlessness is the end of this worldview. This bloc wields less power on the world scene. It is less unified. Parts of it are turning against its core values. With leaders from both the U.S. and Europe giving their thoughts on the big issues of the day, the conference exposed the massive divide between the two. “The two sides aren’t just far apart on the big questions facing the West (threats from Russia, Iran, China), they’re in parallel universes,” wrote Politico.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier openly blamed many of their problems on the U.S. Many in the room no longer consider themselves on the same side as the U.S. “One thing is certain: There will be no return to the heyday of close trans-Atlantic ties,” wrote Deutsche Welle. There is much talk of Europe becoming a sovereign, strategic, political power. There are demands that Germany once again learns the language of power, which French President Emmanuel Macron has already seemed to master.” Macron really drove the agenda. His push for a strong European military received strong support

Storm Dennis explodes into ‘bomb cyclone’ as it roars toward UK, northern Europe

Storm Dennis explodes into ‘bomb cyclone’ as it roars toward UK, northern Europe (Source

 AccuWeather)Storm Dennis, which developed into a formidable “bomb cyclone” early Thursday, will bring dangerous winds and flooding to the hard-hit United Kingdom and northern Europe this weekend just days after deadly Storm Ciara triggered widespread travel disruptions. Becoming the fourth-named windstorm of the season by collaboration of Ireland, the United Kingdom and Netherlands, Dennis was officially named by the UK Met Office on Tuesday. Windstorm season in Europe traditionally runs from September through the end of April. Dennis became classified as a bomb cyclone Thursday morning after the central pressure of the storm dropped 1.38 inches of mercury (46 mb) in 24 hours. The drop was recorded from 29.4 to 28.1 inches of mercury (996 mb to 950 mb).  This incredible drop in pressure is almost two times greater than what is needed to be considered a ‘bomb cyclone,’ which is defined by meteorologists as a pressure drop of 0.71 of an inch of mercury (24 mb) over a 24-hour period.

Trump, Bloomberg trade insults as Twitter feud escalates

Trump, Bloomberg trade insults as Twitter feud escalates(Source New York Post)

President Trump and Mike Bloomberg escalated their war of words on Thursday, trading vicious insults on Twitter that included personal put-downs and mocking memes. Among the invective was Trump calling Bloomberg a “loser” and a pint-sized “mass of dead energy,” while Bloomberg called Trump a “carnival barking clown” whose friends secretly laugh at him. The commander in chief launched the first volley by comparing Bloomberg — whose lavish ad spending has boosted his poll numbers among the eight remaining Democratic presidential candidates — to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was the early front-runner in the 2016 Republican primary before being bested by Trump. “Mini Mike Bloomberg is a LOSER who has money but can’t debate and has zero presence, you will see. He reminds me of a tiny version of Jeb ‘Low Energy’ Bush, but Jeb has more political skill and has treated the Black community much better than Mini!” Trump tweeted.

Rush Limbaugh doesn’t think America will elect a man who ‘loves to kiss his husband

Rush Limbaugh doesn’t think America will elect a man who ‘loves to kiss his husband'(Source

Medal of Freedom winner Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that Democrats are in a panic because one of their presidential front-runners — former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — is both gay and married to a man.

“They’re looking at Mayor Pete, 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage. And they’re saying, ‘OK, how’s this going to look, 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to Mr. Man Donald Trump? What’s going to happen there?’ And they got to be looking at that, and they’ve got to be saying, that despite all the great progress and despite all the great wokeness, and despite all the great ground that’s been covered, America’s still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president. They have to be saying this, don’t they?”

Rocket hits Iraq base hosting US troops(Source AFP)

A rocket slammed into an Iraqi base where American troops are stationed in the remote province of Kirkuk, Iraq’s military and a US security source told AFP on Thursday night. It was the latest in a string of nearly 20 rocket attacks since late October on US troops stationed across the country as well as on the American embassy in Baghdad. According to three separate Iraqi security sources, the Katyusha rocket hit an open area on the K1 base at around 8:45pm local time. Both US troops and Iraqi federal police forces are stationed there but neither sustained casualties, according to a statement from Iraq’s military.

Girls sue to block participation of transgender athletes

Girls sue to block participation of transgender athletes (Source Associated Press)

The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports. Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School are represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities.

“Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race even starts,” said Smith, who is the daughter of former Major League pitcher Lee Smith. “That biological unfairness doesn’t go away because of what someone believes about gender identity. All girls deserve the chance to compete on a level playing field.” The lawsuit was filed against the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and the boards of education in Bloomfield, Cromwell, Glastonbury, Canton and Danbury. “Forcing girls to be spectators in their own sports is completely at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics,” attorney Christiana Holcomb said. “Connecticut’s policy violates that law and reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women.”

After 13 days at sea and refusal by 5 ports, passengers aboard

After 13 days at sea and refusal by 5 ports, passengers aboard the Westerdam cruise ship are slated to disembark in Cambodia

(Source Business Insider)

Passengers aboard the Westerdam luxury liner received good news on Wednesday: They will be able to disembark in Cambodia. Panic about the coronavirus prompted five ports to turn away the luxury liner even though no one aboard the Westerdam tested positive for the illness.

Starting Thursday morning, the Westerdam will spend a few days at the port in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Guests will be able to go ashore and take charter flights to the capital city of Phnom Penh, where they can fly home from.

People “are elated that we have a destination” and appreciate that Holland America Line, the ship’s operator, is arranging and paying for everyone’s travel, passenger Christina Kerby told Insider.

The Westerdam on Wednesday set sail for Cambodia, where its passengers will be able to disembark after panic about the coronavirus prompted five ports to turn away the luxury line. The cruise began in Hong Kong on February 1 and will end on Thursday morning in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, the ship’s operator, Holland America Line, said in a statement to Insider. “All approvals have been received and we are extremely grateful to the Cambodian authorities for their support,” the statement said.

The Louis Farrakhan- Alex Jones Interview

The Louis Farrakhan- Alex Jones Interview: A Search For Truth And Opening A Dialogue?

(Source When the messenger is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the audience is White America, the audience desired and vehicle chosen might at first seem strange. But with Americans dissatisfied with government, rising racial hostility, simmering anger, fear and rising conservatism, what’s needed is a microphone manned by someone who taps that audience. And in that equation, Alex Jones of becomes perhaps a proper vehicle. Often called America’s leading conspiracy theorist and a self-described Libertarian, Mr. Jones speaks to millions each week and is seen by many Whites as an alternative to mainstream media and someone who speaks his mind—whether others agree or not. Last year Mr. Jones put out a video asking questions about statements attributed to Min. Farrakhan following a speech in Miami and asking for an interview. Passionately speaking Min. Farrakhan had declared that if the federal government would not intercede as Blacks are slaughtered in the streets, Blacks would eventually be forced to stalk and kill their murderers. Right-wing and other media went insane declaring that Minister Farrakhan had called for 10,000 Blacks to stalk and kill White people. Months after the request and almost four months after the highly successful Justice Or Else! gathering in Washington, D.C., which some estimates say drew 800,000 to 1.5 million people to the National Mall, the Minister and Mr. Jones sat down for a 90-minute interview and opened a dialogue. When Mr. Jones asked why he agreed to the interview, the Minister explained there is value to “the idea of dialogue, truthful dialogue, that gets us past the media manipulation of persons, events, and the truths of persons and events.”

Russian Submarine Activity Has Picked Up in Atlantic

Russian Submarine Activity Has Picked Up in Atlantic, Navy 3-Star Says(Source

U.S. ships leaving the East Coast must now consider the Atlantic Ocean a contested battlespace, a Navy three-star said this week, as Russian activity continues to pick up just off the American coast.

Over the past two decades, Navy ships mainly sailed across the Atlantic on their way somewhere else. But the admiral in charge of a fleet that was resurrected to deter Russian aggression said U.S. military personnel now must be on their game in their country’s own backyard. The Atlantic is changing, Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, commander of U.S. Second Fleet, said at a Tuesday event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. It’s a battlespace that can’t be ignored, he added. “Our new reality is, when our sailors cross lines over and set sail, they can expect to be operating in a contested space once they leave Virginia,” Lewis said. “Our ships can no longer expect to operate in a safe haven on the East Coast, or merely cross the Atlantic unhindered to operate in another location. The U.S. military is seeing an “ever-increasing number of Russian submarines” deploying to the Atlantic, Lewis said. Their capabilities are also improving, he added, as the vessels stay out for longer periods and deploy with more lethal weapons systems.