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Hillary Clinton lost because she believed it was all about her

To The Daily Sun,

Well well, James Veverka is off again on plasma generation (plasma gasification); have it your own way, James, and tell yourself there is no waste, pollution, impact on the environment with solar panels and windmills. I'm off to other topics; no sense arguing with a closed mind.

Putin meddled in the election. Holy smoke! Who would ever do such a thing? Oh, that's right, Obama and the liberals trying to affect the results in Israel a couple years back. Classic pot calling the pan black. Give credit where credit is due. Putin was looking after what was best for his country. Too bad Obama never cared to do that for us while Hillary was too busy making her foundation rich to give a hoot what we the people were enduring and would continue to endure if she had won. So thank you Mr. Putin.

Related thought: Clinton lost because to her it was all about her. Americans were and are sick of the corruption and self-serving professional politicians in Washington and liberal Democrats have been epitomizing them. Liberals seem to believe trashing Trump in the media will gain them some power. Don't think so. Trump doesn't play by the "media's rules," and people don't care what the media is saying because they know they can't trust most of it. People will respond to results.

If Trump is successful people will again vote for Republicans in 2018 and 2020. If he is not they won't. If Democrats, (23 vulnerable in the Senate in 2018) do things that delay economic recovery of working people many of those will not get re-elected.

Trump will put constitutional judges on the Supreme Court and in federal courts. He will build the wall, restore our military, cut taxes, and put us on the fast track to energy independence and there will be nothing Democrats can do about it because even most Democrats want the positive results these things will create.

Here in New Hampshire the pressure to reform our voting laws to restrict out-of-state students from voting in our elections is gaining support because it just makes sense. Only New Hampshire citizens should vote in New Hampshire. Out-of-state students should vote in there own states where there interests are not here. How such a law, if it had been in effect before this election, may have affected results is pure speculation. But it is a measure that is long overdue on common sense alone. Has to make you ask why do progressives object so strongly to practical and common sense proposals?

The argument most often heard is it's an attempt to keep people from voting and that just doesn't hold water. Early voting and absentee ballots are easily accessed in all states. Let's stop the foolishness and get this passed.

Steve Earle


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U.S. & Saudi behavior in Yemen is a crime against humanity

To The Daily Sun,

The citizenry of Yemen — a country officially known as the Republic of Yemen, which occupies a geographically minute appendage connected to the southwestern corner of Saudi Arabia — has endured a relentless bout of bombings for nearly 18 sequential months now. Unsurprisingly, when the Yemeni populace endures numerous airstrikes in the nation-state's capital, Sana'a, as well as the mountainous terrain throughout the countryside, we may rest assured, as consumers of Western news outlets, that their terrorized existence will be ignored.

While it stands to reason that the carnage imposed upon those living in Yemen will simply be ignored because of our lack of ethical concern for Middle Eastern "unpeople" (a term co-coined by Professor Edward S. Herman). The willfully maintained blind eyes of our elite print journals as well as goliath cable-network-based news agencies are rooted in an American tradition much more vulgar. That is to say, the national agenda-setting media organizations ensure the omission of Yemeni horror in a manner similar to that of the East Timorese genocide that the U.S. supported, fueled and funded during the 20th Century. The U.S. continues to play and has played the central role of enabler, informant and financier of the Saudi bombing campaign that began a year-and-a-half ago.

Yet the magnitude of dismay brought about by the Saudi-led cascade of repetitious bombings that transpired on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, were so deadly and impactful that the screams of the men, women and children incinerated by modern weapons of war were metaphorically heard around the world.

Consequently, the American press was cornered into a position of forced acknowledgment of the blunder (more honestly, the war crime) by way of offering a semblance of commentary. With sporadic reports embedded within the inner pages of various newspapers, these bombing marked the deadliest day in Yemen's civil war (the war that, as will be mentioned soon, led to the exile of the internationally recognized governing and their flee to Saudi Arabia and therefore the U.S., hence motivating U.S. involvement, since the U.S. longs for the leader it supports to remain in charge regardless of the democratic opinion of the governed Yemeni citizens).

More than 140 men, women and children were killed and greater than 525 were seriously wounded while bombs rained down on a funeral ceremony which had been publicly announced a day prior to mourn the loss of the father of the interior minister of the rebel-led Sana'a government. Of monumental implication and moral indefensibility is the fact that the bombs deployed by Saudi pilots for the purpose of shredding the Yemeni people apart, limb-by-limb, were manufactured in the U.S. and are known as GBU-12 Paveway II 500-pound laser-guided bombs, according to the Human Rights Watch report titled "Yemen: Saudi-Led Funeral Attack Apparent War Crime," which the U.S. supplied to Saudi Arabia without pause.

Murad Tawfiq, a rescuer of those injured via the air-deployment of said bombs for the ruin and pillage of Yemen first suggested that the coalition bombing of the funeral epitomized a "Lake of Blood;" a proper characterization that we cannot afford to misplace within the confines of our collective memory as soon as another act of aggression is blessed by the U.S. Specifically, Tawfiq was quoted as stating that "The place has been turned into a lake of blood" in an Associated Press article titled "Saudi-led Coalition Airstrike Hits Yemen Funeral, Killing Over 140 People."

In placing the role of the U.S. into an international context regarding the Saudi-led effort that began in March 2015, Laura Kasinof of Slate correctly asserts, in a piece titled "Yemen Isn't Just a Proxy War Between Saudi Arabia and Iran," the following: "Saudi Arabia's official reason for continuing its assault on its impoverished southern neighbor is to restore the legitimate president of the country, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which is also the U.S.'s excuse for supporting the war. Hadi fled the capital, Sanaa, in February 2015 and now stays in Saudi Arabia. But Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of backing the Houthis, and the war in Yemen is often cast as a proxy battle between Iran and Saudi Arabia."

Yet Kasinof is hesitant to place responsibility on the shoulders of the U.S. for the plethora of war crimes committed in Yemen via Saudi Arabia. Their proxy is fortunately addressed by Shiv Visvanathan in an article for The Hindu, titled, "A tragedy that Implicates us all." In Visvanathan's opinion piece, he writes: "To reduce Yemen to a surrogate war between Iran and the Saudis explains little. There is an ethics here which transcends politics and asks a deeper set of questions."

Writers like Vijay Prashad and those of the International Crisis Group have captured it competently. They are able to pin down the responsibility of the West and the Saudi government for starving a nation to death. Yet what one misses is a voice of conscience that asks a deeper set of questions. Years ago a Bertrand Russell could create, with great courage, a tribunal to try the U.S. for war crimes in Vietnam. A Noam Chomsky would follow suit, but today few have the courage to demand and label the U.S. and Saudi Arabia for a crime against humanity."

As a result, I am employing this letter to "follow suit" and openly "label the U.S. and Saudi Arabia for a crime against humanity."

To learn more about the role of the West in the Yemeni civil war, see Glenn Greenwald's "U.S. and U.K. Continue to Actively Participate in Saudi War Crimes, Targeting of Yemeni Civilians," which was published by The Intercept.

Bryer C. Sousa

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