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The Going to Hell Caption Contest

This is the 167th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

About the pic: Madonna Louise Ciccone, who will be 60 years old this August, is hawking a line of MDNA skin care that includes a 1.7 oz. tube of Chrome Clay Mask for $120.

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM! :D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

For once, Madonna is dressed appropriately. Where she’s going is flaming, sizzling hot.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

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US negotiated a $285 million cut in UN budget

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in New York

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Nikki Haley and Trump making good on their promise. Merry Christmas!

From Fox 40: The U.S. government says it has negotiated a significant cut in the United Nations budget.

In a statement on Christmas Eve, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said that the U.N.’s 2018-2019 budget would be slashed by over $285 million. The mission said reductions would also be made to the U.N.’s management and support functions.

The announcement didn’t make clear what effect the budget reduction will have on the U.S. contribution.

U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said that the “inefficiency and overspending” of the organization is well-known, and she would not let “the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.”

She also said that while the mission was pleased with the results of budget negotiations, it would continue to “look at ways to increase the U.N.’s efficiency while protecting our interests.”

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Trump threatens to cut UN aid over Jerusalem vote

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in New York

Cutting the voluntary contribution works for me. Heck, cutting all contributions would be even better.

Here’s how much the US gives to the UN, according to the Council on Foreign Relations:

In 2016, the United States remained the largest donor to the United Nations, contributing more than $10 billion, roughly one fifth of its collective budget.

All 193 members of the United Nations are required to make payments to certain parts of the organization as a condition of membership. The amount each member must pay, known as its assessed contribution, varies widely and is determined by a complex formula that factors in its gross national income and population.

These mandatory contributions help fund the United Nations’ regular budget, which covers administrative costs and a few programs, as well as peacekeeping operations. The United States pays 22 and 28 percent of these budgets, respectively.

In 2016, the U.S. government contributed more than $10 billion to the United Nations, of which about $6 billion was voluntary and $4 billion was assessed. (This represents roughly twenty percent of the $50 billion the United States spends annually on foreign aid, which, in comparison, is also about what the government allocates annually to the U.S. Coast Guard.)”

From MSN: Donald Trump has threatened to withhold “billions” of dollars of US aid from countries which vote in favour of a United Nations resolution rejecting the US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 

His comments came after the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley warned member states that she will be “taking names” of countries that vote for a general assembly resolution on Thursday critical of the announcement which overturned decades of US foreign policy.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump said: “Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said. “We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.”

The warning appeared aimed largely at UN members from poorer nations in Africa and Asia who are regarded as more vulnerable to US pressure. Egypt, which drafted Monday’s UN security council resolution which the US vetoed, is particularly vulnerable receiving $1.2bn in US aid last year. But Trump’s comments may also resonate elsewhere – including in the UK which is hoping to negotiate a quick post-Brexit trade deal with Washington.

Trump’s extraordinary intervention marked the latest escalation of diplomatic tensions over a decision that has seen the US both widely criticised and isolated. It came after a day of high drama around an emergency session of the UN general assembly which has been called on Thursday to discuss Trump’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem on 6 December.

In a letter to UN ambassadors, Haley told countries – including European delegations – that she will report back to the US president with the names of those who support a draft resolution rejecting the US move at the UN general assembly on Thursday, adding that Trump took the issue personally.

Referring to Haley’s letter, which was disclosed by the Guardian and other media organisations on Wednesday morning, Trump said: “I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations. Our great citizens who love this country are tired of this country being taken advantage of – we’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.

In her letter, Haley wrote: “As you consider your vote, I encourage you to know the president and the US take this vote personally. The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us,” she continued.

Haley followed the letter by tweeting: “At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.

A senior diplomat from a Muslim country said of Haley’s letter: “States resort to such blatant bullying only when they know they do not have a moral or legal argument to convince others.”  (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!)

A senior western diplomat, described it as “poor tactics” at the United Nations “but pretty good for Haley 2020 or Haley 2024,” referring to speculation that Haley might run for higher office. “She’s not going to win any votes in the general assembly or the security council, but she is going to win some votes in the US population,” the western diplomat said.

A senior European diplomat agreed Haley was unlikely to sway many UN states. “We are missing some leadership here from the US and this type of letter is definitely not helping to establish US leadership in the Middle East peace process,” the diplomat said.

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Chicago WCKG radio station manager says UN troops already in Chicago. UN armored vehicles stored in State Dept warehouse in Maryland

Chicago, a gun-control city ravaged by gun homicides, is in Cook County, Illinois.

On December 14, 2017, in complete defiance of protocol and in violation of U.S. sovereignty, County Cook Commissioner Richard Boykin told CBS Chicago that “we’re headed to the United Nations to meet with the Assistant Secretary General” to ask that the UN “help out” by dispatching troops (“peacekeepers”) to Chicago to quell its gun violence.

According to the following reports, however, the United Nations is already in Chicago:

(1) On September 4, 2017, more than three months before Commissioner Boykin’s interview with CBS Chicago, Alistair Williams of Stock Board Asset uploaded to YouTube a video taken by a drone of “a convoy of UN armored vehicles” at “an undisclosed location” in Hagerstown, MD.

Is there a legitimate reason for United Nations vehicles to be in Maryland or anywhere in the United States?

(2) On December 18, four days after CBS Chicago’s interview with Richard Boykin, Intellihub‘s Shepard Ambellas identified the exact location of the UN vehicles. Ambellas writes:

Over 50 heavily armored United Nations vehicles and various pieces of equipment (generators, etc.) sufficient enough to support a small company of ‘peacekeeper’ troops” are sitting on the deck in the rear parking lot of “a U.S. government-owned warehouse” located at 11841 Newgate Blvd., Hagerstown, Maryland. “The vehicles are all painted white and bear the letters “U.N.” and appear to be ready for some type of rapid domestic deployment.”

According to Mapquest, 11841 Newgate Blvd. in Hagerstown, MD, is the address not of a “U.S. government-owned warehouse,” but of the food manufacturer Kellogg Company.

However, Foursquare says there is a “government building” at 11841 Newgate Blvd. — that of the Department of State SA-25″:

The U.S. Department of State uses the initials SA for its field offices.

According to the State Department document, “A Helpful Guide to Your Move,” the department has a storage warehouse in Hagerstown, MD:

“You are authorized to ship household goods
from the location where you are hired to storage in Hagerstown” (p. 6) “a USG [U.S. .government] facility (p. 44)”.

Here’s a close-up of some of the UN vehicles in the parking lot of the U.S. Department of State storage warehouse at 11841 Newgate Blvd., Hagerstown, MD:

(3) On December 18, 2017, Matt Dubiel, station manager of Chicago radio station WCKG 1530 AM, told Alex Jones of InfoWars that he saw UN vehicles while “driving around” Chicago. Dubiel said:

The UN vehicles are already here. I saw them transported by train and on rail.

Jones claims that the Democrats and Hillary Clinton had planned a UN takeover of the United States (7:09 mark):

“The Democrats [said] we’re gonna bring us into the UN, collapse the U.S. this year. Trump wasn’t supposed to get in. Patriots in our intelligence agencies, the American people fought back, got Trump in, because it was going to be the end of the U.S. as we know it — one world government.”

H/t The Daily Sheeple

~Eowyn

Cook County commissioner asks UN to send troops to quell Chicago’s gun violence

Last weekend is no different than previous weekends in Chicago, a gun-control city. Sixteen were shot in the city’s mean streets, killing five, including a 15-year-old boy.

According to the Chicago Tribune, 2016 was the deadliest year for homicides in decades, but 2017 promises to outpace 2016.

The victims are preponderantly black, as are the perpetrators. As an example, the Chicago Sun Times has a website, Homicide Watch Chicago, chronicling every homicide. From the photos on the website’s front page, the latest victims are all black.

Chicago is in Cook County in the state of Illinois. If a city’s police are overwhelmed by and unable to contain its epidemic of homicides, the mayor should declare martial law. If that doesn’t work, the state can send in its National Guard. If Illinois’ National Guard is unable to deal with Chicago’s homicides,  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner can ask for help from the federal government.

But Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is bypassing the due process chain-of-command. Calling Chicago’s homicides a “genocide,” he means to ask the United Nations to intervene by sending “peacekeeping” troops to the city — U.S. national sovereignty be damned.

Question: Is it “genocide” when the people (blacks) doing the genociding are the same people (blacks) who are genocided?

On December 14, 2017, apparently about to board a plane at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Boykin tells CBS Chicago:

We’re headed to the United Nations to meet with the Assistant Secretary General to talk about the violence in Chicago and gun violence in particular — the bloodshed that’s taking place in too many of our communities, like Austin, West Garfield, Park North, Lawndale, places like that where we’ve just seen horrific levels of shooting and that sort of thing. And so I’m hoping to appeal to the UN to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence, and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peacekeeping efforts because I think it’s so critical for us to make sure that these neighborhoods are safe. Quite frankly we failed the people of Chicago in many instances in these communities because we failed to protect them from the violence. I’ll also say this, that there is a quiet genocide taking place in too many of our communities. 80 percent of those are being killed by gun violence are African American, and often killed at the hands of another African American. And so we must protect these population groups, and that’s what the United Nations does, they’re a peacekeeping force, they know all about keeping the peace. And so, we’re hopeful that they’ll hear our appeal.”

When asked by a reporter, “Why now?,” Boykin said:

“This meeting has been in place for at least a month now. We’ve worked on this a while. Quite frankly, we can’t wait until, you know, the mayor comes up with another thousand police to try to make the streets safer. Quite frankly, the people want to be safe right now in their homes and their neighborhoods, and we want to make sure that they’re safe and that’s why we’re doing it today, we can’t afford to wait.”

For a county commissioner to ask the UN — which has no sovereignty over the United States — to send troops to Chicago, not only is Richard Boykin insane, he is bordering on treason.

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

Why no one trusts #FakeNews: NBC News says Trump’s North Korean policy could trigger famine

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As if famine and mass starvation has never existed/doesn’t currently exist in North Korea under Fat Boy. These partisan, TDS-infected “reporters” are a joke. Expect more #FakeNews like this for the next three years.

From NBC News: The Trump administration’s primary North Korea strategy would do little to curb the country’s nuclear program and could trigger a famine, according to experts.

After spearheading several rounds of sanctions, the White House is now urging China to turn off oil supplies to Kim Jong Un’s regime and the 25 million people he rules.  Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, summed up Washington’s thinking Sunday: “You cannot shoot a missile without fuel.”

Many analysts say such a move would have minimal impact on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and would instead hit the country’s agricultural sector, potentially leading to mass starvation.

“If it could be done, a full oil cutoff would certainly dramatically reduce the amount of domestically grown food available to the civilian population,” according to David von Hippel, a senior associate at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, a California-based think tank.

Von Hippel warned the results of an oil embargo — which he conceded would be almost impossible to enforce — could have a catastrophic impact on a humanitarian level.

“Unless China or the rest of the world exported or gifted food to the DPRK to compensate, this would likely lead to famine,” he added, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

North Korea’s population would feel a lack of oil more acutely than most countries.

Much of the country’s 46,000 square miles, an area around the size of Pennsylvania, is covered in mountains. According to the CIA World Factbook, only around 22 percent of North Korea is used for agriculture, compared with 44 percent of the United States.

What arable land there is, North Koreans farm intensively. They’ve also come to rely on tractors, irrigation pumps, refrigerators and transportation trucks to harvest and distribute food before I trots.

Von Hippel said that even without further sanctions, measures imposed in September as a result of Kim’s missile and nuclear tests would likely impoverish North Korea’s breadbasket.

“The civilian population will certainly feel the burden of the sanctions well before the nuclear weapons or missile programs or the DPRK elites do, if these noncivilians feel them at all,” he said. “At some point, however, the agricultural sector will feel the pinch of sanctions.”

Elizabeth Rosenberg, a senior fellow and the director of the energy, economics and security program at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank, said that famine is “among the possibilities” that lawmakers should consider when deciding whether to impose tighter trade restrictions.

Read the rest of the diatribe here.

h/t Twitchy

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