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  • Commentary: Never Too Late To Learn, Mr. President

    first_imgBy John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a word Donald Trump needs to learn.Consequence.At present, there’s little evidence that the president of the United States understands that actions – his actions – have results.Nor does he seem to grasp that human beings of mature and moral sensibility must take responsibility for those results – for the consequences of the things they have done.In just a few days, Trump has thrown the world into a state of turmoil.His hurried and thoughtless decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has led to bloodshed. Israeli troops have fired, again and again, on Palestinian protestors, leaving bodies stacked in the streets and the sand in somber tribute to the U.S. president’s determination to make a “statement.”Trump implied his predecessors in the White House, both Republican and Democrat, hadn’t moved the embassy because they lacked his courage.Another possible – and more likely – explanation is that they reasoned that what amounted to a symbolic gesture wasn’t worth the loss of human life.They weren’t reckless.They thought about the consequences of their actions.Similarly, this president pulled the United States out of the deal to denuclearize Iran. His half-baked rationale for doing so was that it wasn’t a perfect deal because it didn’t completely humiliate and humble Iran.But perfect deals don’t exist in a flawed world – particularly between self-governing republics and tyrannical theocracies.That’s why more realistic and responsible leaders around the globe worked on structuring an arrangement with Iran that focused on drawing that tortured country back into the family of nations. The hope was that, over time, the deal not only would result in Iran disarming, but that increased intercourse between other nations and that country would work to weaken the Iranian autocracy.The European democracies still want to see that happen, which is why they’re not abandoning the Iranian deal – but they are abandoning any notion that the United States, under this president, will exert any constructive leadership in the world.Thus, in pulling out of the deal, President Trump not only has increased tensions in an already testy part of the world, but he’s also damaged our relationships with longstanding allies.In addition to standing with us during times of trouble, many of those allies also are important trading partners.We’ve now given them a reason to doubt whether we Americans keep our word.Another consequence of a heedless act.Nor was it the only one.For weeks, President Trump has been touting his upcoming “summit” meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He saw it as a vindication of his “ready-fire-aim” approach to diplomacy.The North Korean government, though, watched how the Trump administration handled its relationship with Iran and our European allies.Now, Kim apparently doubts that the United States will honor any commitment it makes. And he understands that the only “deal” Trump will want is one that involves an abject surrender from North Korea.For that reason, he doesn’t see much point in talking with Trump about denuclearizing or diminishing tensions in any other way on the Korean peninsula and elsewhere.All these events were predictable and are connected. They’re driven by a U.S. president who thinks looking before he leaps is a sign of weakness.A president who never thinks about consequences.Not long ago, Donald Trump’s amen corner – which included the three Republican candidates for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat – wanted to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize.If they really wanted to do something to help the cause, Trump’s supporters could get the president something much more useful.A lesson, a dictionary or thesaurus – anything that might school him to the fact that what he does matters.That his actions have consequences.It’s a lesson we can hope he’ll learn before any more people are killed.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.  This article was posted by the CCO without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • 2009 Elmont Rape Suspect Extradited from India

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Amit SinghAn alleged rapist accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl walking passed his Elmont house to school five years ago has been extradited from India back to Long Island, authorities said.A Nassau County court judge ordered Amit Singh held without bail Saturday on charges of first and second-degree rape, sexual abuse, endangering welfare of child and violating his probation on a 2007 cocaine possession conviction.Prosecutors said the 32-year-old grabbed the victim off the street after trying to coax her into his Rosalind Avenue home, forced her inside the house where he raped her and then drove her to class at Sewanhaka High School at 10 a.m. on March 11, 2009.The victim told a teacher and later positively identified Singh, then 27, in a photo array, but the suspect boarded a flight to India before DNA evidence linked him to the rape the following month, according to investigators.Singh was indicted months later and INTERPOL issued a warrant for his arrest in 2011, when he was apprehended while trying to board a plane to Thailand, prosecutors said. He had been fighting extradition for the past two years, but Indian authorities agreed to extradite him earlier this month.U.S. Marshals flew to India and brought Singh back to New York on Friday, when they turned him over to Special Victims Squad detectives.He faces up to 25 years in prison and is due back in court Oct. 11.last_img read more

  • $100 is too much for borrowers

    first_imgThe majority of Queensland borrowers can only bear a small change in interest rates before they are tipped into mortgage stress.Comparison website Finder.com.au have released survey results showing 55 per cent of Queensland mortgage holders would be financial stressed if home loan repayments rose by just $100 per month.Finder said this is equivalent to an increase in the average home loan rate of 0.45 per cent based on the national average mortgage of $360,600.The result was mirrored across other states with New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australian all recording 59 per cent of mortgage holders would struggle to find the extra $100 per month.In South Australia, a whopping 71 per cent of mortgage holders would struggle to deal with the increase.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoBessie Hassan, a money expert at Finder, said the results show many borrowers have overextended.“The typical mortgage holder would be in trouble when interest rates got back up around 5.28 per cent,” she said.“That’s a pretty small window before borrowing costs start to hurt.”Ms Hassan said some owner occupiers were getting into huge housing debt at record low interest rates, but it wouldn’t take much to be in the red.She said given major lenders have already announced out-of-cycle interest rate increases, borrowers at their limit need to consider their options.“The reality is borrowers have overextended themselves if it only takes a $100 leap in repayments for more than half of all homeowners to reach their tipping point.”last_img read more

  • Players not Pochettino should be Man Utd’s focus – Solskjaer

    first_imgSolskjaer’s focus since arriving back at United has been on improving the players’ fitness levels and on building connections with his squad.A warm-weather training trip to Dubai during the week was intended to help on both fronts, with his players put through a series of rigorous training exercises and Solskjaer taking the chance to speak to them on a one-to-one basis.Solskjaer was at pains not to criticise the fitness work done by United under Mourinho, instead comparing the Dubai trip to the “mini pre-season” the squad used to go through each January at Old Trafford when he was a player under Alex Ferguson.“We always used to do that with the boss (Ferguson) as well, come January. We had a mini pre-season and I think it’s important, when you’ve got a full week, that you do a proper training week.“But looking at the stats in the five games since I came in, they’ve gone up. We do outsprint teams, we’ve produced higher intensity than the opposition in every single one of them.“I think that’s one of the best compliments you can get as a coach, when the other manager says ‘Your boys worked hard’ because if my boys work as hard as this, it will take a lot to beat us.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his side’s trip to Tottenham should be about the players and not his head-to-head battle with Mauricio Pochettino.Sunday’s Premier League match at Wembley will see Solskjaer face off against the man widely considered his main rival to become United’s full-time manager from next season.The Norwegian is currently in charge at Old Trafford until the end of the season, having replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, a move designed to give the club’s board time to consider their options regarding a permanent replacement.Solskjaer, who scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007, has made it clear that he would love to stay on as manager beyond this season, helping his cause by winning his first five matches in charge.However, he said that he did not see Sunday’s match as an audition for he or Pochettino, who has caught United’s eye by making Tottenham top-four regulars in recent seasons despite limited resources.“It should always be about the players, because it’s not about me. It’s not about him,” said Solskjaer.“We don’t kick a ball at all. They kick a ball. Of course, we might make a decision here or there, but it’s down to the players to perform and I’m sure my boys are ready.”last_img read more

  • Inside Conditions…2nd time around

    first_imgAubrey BruceI have grown weary as I am sure many NFL fans have of picking up the daily paper or reading the latest blog profiling another athlete being accused or convicted of using performance enhancing drugs.The latest culprits accused of violating the league’s illegal drug use policies are former Steelers and current Indy Colts tight end Weslye Saunders and free agent receiver Bert Reed. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could eliminate Illegal drug usage immediately. He could say listen if anyone is caught using performance enhancing or any other illegal drugs then they will have to abide by the “two strikes and you’re out” policy. Strike one, warn the player without a suspension or fine. Strike two, expel the player permanently, no exceptions. No more third chances.Blogger Baudilio6 had this to say about the current situation. “Steelers 100 percent & always…but did it bother anyone else that the great ’70s run may have been steroid fuel’d. Different era, much less a news item back then, but the Steelers did seem to pioneer the crazy-strong offensive linemen [familiar] with the power lifting culture. Kolb, Webster, Courson.”Greatness may sometimes be tainted but in these days the more chances and appeals that a player is given the more chances that athlete they have to evade detection. If a player is not good enough to compete honestly then I humbly suggest that they get on with their life’s work. All of the geniuses that cover the NFL promoted Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders after the man who sat in the first chair for Pittsburgh bailed to the sunny shores of the Miami Dolphins. Duh, of course when you are the third man on the totem pole and the first chair “gets ghost” then the second fiddle becomes the first banana and so on.Although he has some big shoes to fill, Sanders seems to be up for the task. “They’re expecting 70 catches for 1,000 yards, and that’s the same thing that I expect for myself.” We shall see won’t we? when you become one of the featured guys often times your vibe as well as the vibe of the opposing defenders changes. No longer are you a decoy because the target on your back becomes humongous. Two things caught the New England Patriots as well as the rest of the professional football world by surprise. the first being big, strong New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowsi seems less like to get stoned in a Chinese Bistro and more prone to be more like a fragile China doll. The All-Pro tight end first broke his left forearm last November, and broke it again in the first quarter of the playoff game against Houston in January. He underwent a third operation in February when an infection developed. That surgery was necessary to change the metal plate which had been inserted in Gronkowski’s arm.last_img read more