Qatar in the news again

https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=130093&page=1

The Department of Defense is always preparing for war. Saudi Arabia threatening to turn Qatar into an island by building a canal is an interesting development. Note that the base in Qatar is just temporary. “Permanent bases” are a red flag all over the Middle East.

Ligon 1

Authoritarians are people who claim the right to tell people what to do without any basis in fact for that exercise of authority. Authoritarianism has found some disfavor. So, as is the conservative wont, the Cons have come up with a euphemism. LEADERSHIP is the new term.
One of Georgia’s current state Senators is William Ligon. He’s a lawyer, supposedly an expert mangler of words, who apparently does not know that leadership doesn’t do any of the things he claims.
Leadership doesn’t
Protect
Defend
Improve
Oppose
Never mind that collecting money and writing rules are the only tools at a legislator’s command.

Instead of standing there with his hands in his pockets, you’d think he’d at least be holding a pen.

LEADERSHIP is sort of like OWNERSHIP. Neither is going to take you anywhere you want to go.

Court

Well, another morning wasted in court, but at least this time the case was dismissed without the county solicitor trying to extort court costs.
Puddy was not happy and neither is the judge. Hope the next time there is an election the community will put forward more qualified candidates for solicitor/prosecutor.
If Puddy gets elected, I think I will go back to court watching. Attention must be paid

Time is of the essence

Prepared Written Testimony of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh
Nomination Hearing to Serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court September 27, 2018 (submitted September 26, 2018)
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Members of the Committee: Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name.
Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. There has been a frenzy to come up with something—anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious—that will block a vote on my nomination. These are last- minute smears, pure and simple. They debase our public discourse. And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.
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