America First

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Mike Luckovich)

In other news, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) tested positive for the coronavirus this morning just hours before he was suppose to meet Trump on the tarmac in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, North Korea has "probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles" according to a draft of a U.N. report that hasn't been made public yet. The report says the North's nuclear weapons program never shut down and made progress over the past two years.

Finally, the Toronto Star first reported today that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also dispatched a kill squad to take out a dissident living in Canada in 2018.

Just days after the brutal killing of prominent Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in the fall of 2018, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dispatched a group of hitmen, known as the Tiger Squad, to Canada to seek out and kill one of his former top intelligence officials who had sought exile in Toronto, according to a newly filed lawsuit.

Even though the scheme was thwarted when the group failed to get past suspicious border officers at Pearson International Airport, Saad Aljabri’s life remains in “dire peril,” the lawsuit says.

Aljabri believes two of his children, who were detained in Saudi Arabia earlier this year and whose whereabouts are not known, are now being used as “human bait” to lure him out of hiding.

The explosive allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Aljabri is seeking unspecified damages from bin Salman and his associates for orchestrating an “attempted extrajudicial killing” and for violating international law.

Programming note... I'm cooking dinner for my father tomorrow, and I need to go shopping at multiple locations and tidy my place up, so I will be offline.

Have a good weekend.

  • muselet

    • Isn’t it interesting that there’s no whining from Donald Trump about “testing too much” when it comes to people who come into contact with him?

    • A letter to the Daily Fishwrap this past week praised Trump’s manly and successful engagement with Kim Jong-un instead of Barack Obama’s feeble “strategic patience” policy. Talk about bad timing.

    • Mohammed bin Salman is a bloodthirsty monster. Saad Aljabri is right to fear for the safety of himself and his family. What the hell is the US doing, cozying up to MBS?

    • Enjoy your dinner with your dad. What you cook is far less important than spending time with him.

    • Interesting choice of music. I approve. Something like seven of the eleven tracks on “Rumours” were unavoidable on radio when the album was released. 43 years on (!), they hold up pretty darned well.

    • And now, the best four-minute drum solo I’ve ever heard (I dare you not to laugh).

    Have a safe weekend, all.


    • KanaW

      Trump has never met an autocratic monster he hasn’t adored. He’s like the toadying sidekick who wants desperately to be able to get away with everything they do, but he’s just not quite sure how to pull it off.

      • Draxiar

        With every compliment he gives you smell his thoughts of “I wanna be him when I grow up…he’s soooo dreamy….”

        • KanaW

          Oh, gawd, yes. Remember the flag-hugging? That’s the expression I see on his face when he’s complimenting the autocrats.

      • muselet

        Donald Trump is jealous of Vladimir Putin and Rodrigo Duterte and the rest. They get to be openly corrupt and siphon huge amounts of money out of the public coffers, while he’s stuck with the same penny-ante grifting he’s always done. Worse, he has attracted more attention from prosecutors than when he was a private citizen.

        It’s just not fair!

        With Mohammed bin Salman, it’s slightly different. Sure, the corruption and self-dealing are there, but he ordered the vicious murder of a journalist. From the Washington Post. That’s something I imagine Trump fantasizes about daily.

        November can’t come soon enough.


        • KanaW

          Agreed! Hopefully he won’t be able to fudge the number of votes!

          • muselet

            He’ll try, guaranteed.


      • Aynwrong

        “He’s like the toadying sidekick…”

        Donald Trump is Beast Man to Putin’s Skeletor.

        (God, I hope I’m not the only one who gets that refrence.)

  • Aynwrong

    Mark DeWine, I believe, has been one of the very few Republican governors who has acknowledged the reality of the virus and taken the necessary steps to contain it as much as possible for the sake of the state he was elected to govern as opposed to endlessly bowing before the ego of the Grand Orange One. So, yeah…… the universe still sucks.

    If North Korea has successfully developed nukes during the Grand Orange One’s rule the silence from the Right will be deafening.

    Is it conceivable that we can someday stop being allies with nations run by murderous psychopaths or am I aiming too high?

    Enjoy your downtime with your Dad Ashby.

    Stay safe fellow libs….