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Shithole Country

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, tax filings show that Eric Trump's "charity" group funneled money to his father at the Trump Organization during the 2016 election. That money obviously also flows right back to Eric Trump himself.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club have laid off over 12,500 employees in the past week after announcing a bonus only for employees who've been there for 20 years. Among the 12,500 laid off are 3,500 managers so the list of people who've been with the company for 20 years can't be very long.

It's Tax Cut Magic.

Finally, the New York Times reports that the Pentagon has been begun preparing for war with North Korea while hoping it doesn't actually happen.

Next month, at Army posts across the United States, more than 1,000 reserve soldiers will practice how to set up so-called mobilization centers that move military forces overseas in a hurry. And beginning next month with the Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang, the Pentagon plans to send more Special Operations troops to the Korean Peninsula, an initial step toward what some officials said ultimately could be the formation of a Korea-based task force similar to the types that are fighting in Iraq and Syria. Others said the plan was strictly related to counterterrorism efforts. [...]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both argue forcefully for using diplomacy to address Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. A war with North Korea, Mr. Mattis said in August, would be “catastrophic.” Still, about two dozen current and former Pentagon officials and senior commanders said in interviews that the exercises largely reflected the military’s response to orders from Mr. Mattis and service chiefs to be ready for any possible military action on the Korean Peninsula.

General Tony Thomas, the head of the Special Operations Command, also reportedly told a large gathering of operators and their families that they might be redeployed from the Middle East to Korea in May or June.

  • ninjaf

    Great. So, we’re moving more people in harm’s way?

  • Aynwrong

    Weeks after the passage of a massive corporate tax cut (“It’s gonna be a great, great Christmas gift…”) which the GOP swears on a stack of bibles will somehow magically cause the creation of jobs because something, something trickle down, one of the largest employers in the country lays off 12,500 employees.

    HOW IS THIS NOT A SCANDAL?!?!?!?

    • Exactly! And all I heard in the news was about the bonuses but not a damn word about the layoffs.

      • Candace

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      • Diane

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  • muselet

    Is anyone else having a problem with Disqus on this site (and others, to be fair)?

    Even when I’m logged into Disqus, I’m told to log in; when I click Login and choose Disqus, it logs me in without my entering any information, which implies I was logged in all along. (I’m running macOS 10.13.2, which I suspect is the source of the problem, since this didn’t happen before I updated.)

    It’s a First World Problem, admittedly, but it’s puzzling.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      I haven’t had any problems, but I’m using Chrome on Windows 10.

      • muselet

        That’s what I figured. *sigh*

        –alopecia

    • KanaW

      No problems here either – I’m Opera on Windows 10.
      🙂

    • Tony Lavely

      FWIW, Mac user on MacOS 10.13.2 and the latest Firefox, If I shut down
      FF, I have to go through the login procedure at both Disqus and Twitter
      the next time I try to leave a comment. Except I can’t ever login from a
      comment, I have to do it by liking a comment first. Even once I’ve
      succesfully logged in, the next article, I get the You must login box for
      a Like, though like Alopecia, it then does what it does without me entering any details and I am logged
      in… for that article.
      For me, been going on for longer than the OS upgrade though.
      First world problem. I figured it’s due to cookies.