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  1. Crap, NY Times wants me to pay to read it. No way, since I'm just curious.
  2. Hillary Clinton 'under enormous pressure' to run in 2020 Hillary Clinton has said she is "under enormous pressure" to challenge US President Donald Trump in next year's White House election. The former Democratic presidential nominee refused to rule it out, telling the BBC: "Never say never." Mrs Clinton, 72, said she thinks "all the time" about what kind of president she would have been if she had beaten Mr Trump in 2016. Seventeen Democrats are already vying to lead the party in 2020. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett while in the UK on a book tour, Mrs Clinton was asked whether she would run again. The former secretary of state, New York senator and US first lady replied: "I think all the time about what kind of president I would have been and what I would have done differently and what I think it would have meant to our country and the world. "So of course I think about it, I think about it all the time. Being able to do that, and look, whoever wins next time is going to have a big task trying to fix everything that's been broken." Pressed on whether she would throw her hat into the ring at the last minute, Mrs Clinton said: "I, as I say, never, never, never say never. "I will certainly tell you, I'm under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it. 🤣 "But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans." Mrs Clinton did not elaborate on who was pressuring her to mount what would be her third White House campaign. The interview in London came as she promoted The Book of Nutsy Women, which she has co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. The Democratic race is still largely up in the air even as the first of the state-by-state votes that will decide which of the contenders challenges Mr Trump looms in Iowa in February. The perceived vulnerability of one front-runner, Joe Biden, has spurred former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to take steps to enter the fray. Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a close ally of former President Barack Obama, is also reportedly considering jumping into the race. But the deadline has already passed to file on the Democratic primary ballot in several states, including New Hampshire, which also votes in February. The filing deadline for Alabama expired last week, and the deadline for Mrs Clinton's former political heartland of Arkansas was on Tuesday. Some of the 14 states that will vote on so-called Super Tuesday in March have filing deadlines next month. Political gossip about whether Mrs Clinton might jump into the White House race continues to set tongues wagging in Washington DC. Some of this speculation has been stoked by the Clintons themselves. Last month when Mr Trump goaded Mrs Clinton to enter the presidential race, she retorted in a tweet: "Don't tempt me. Do your job." At a Georgetown University event in Washington DC in October, former President Bill Clinton said of his wife, who was sitting beside him: "She may or may not ever run for anything." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50399230?fbclid=IwAR1rEEzIitdTgVnsQeBIDgeLFOag6bB2pghgfg0w5RwkJU781e5VI1juc8Q
  3. Alan Dershowitz: Democrats Making Up Crimes Just Like KGB Did Liberal Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says that after the Democrats’ “collusion” accusation collapsed, they are still attempting to “create crimes out of nothing” in a way reminiscent of the old KGB in the Soviet Union. “They’re very scary. They’re very frightening to any civil libertarian,” Dershowitz said Sunday on John Catsimatidis’ “CATS Roundtable” radio show. “Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican; whether you come from New York or the middle of the country, you should be frightened by efforts to try to create crimes out of nothing.” Regarding Democrats’ impeachment investigation over the President’s alleged quid pro quo policy with Ukraine, Dershowitz said he has searched the law and transcript “from beginning to end — I couldn’t find the crime.” “It reminds me of Lavrentiy Beria, head of the KGB, said to Stalin,” Dershowitz said. “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.’ Which he really meant, I’ll make up the crime. Beria was the head of secret police organization NKVD, which was the predecessor to the KGB. “And so the Democrats are now making up crimes,” Dershowitz continued. “First they made up collusion. ‘Ahh! Collusion. It’s a crime!’ I searched the statute books. There’s no crime of collusion except when businessmen get together to collude against the anti-trust laws, but no crime of collusion with a foreign country.” Dershowitz added, “Then after that, they said ‘obstruction of Congress.’ No, no, no, no, no. Obstruction of justice is a crime; obstruction of Congress is part of our system of checks and balances.” The Harvard law professor also defended White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s refusal to testify. “If you get a subpoena from Congress, and you’re the president or in the executive department, and you think you have an executive privilege, you have an obligation not to respond,” he said. “That’s not ‘obstruction of Congress,’ that’s checks and balances under our Constitution.” Dershowitz said America is witnessing “a desperate effort to try to find crimes against President Trump: they’re just making it up.” “And that means we are all in danger,” he added. He’s not wrong. As Democrats continue to accuse Donald Trump of being in cahoots with Russia, it is actually their party who are behaving like the KGB. https://thepoliticalinsider.com/alan-dershowitz-democrats-making-up-crimes-just-like-kgb-did/?fbclid=IwAR0YdXIDkVU0M8qQeY5-R92U7TZJ6LUqf7CZrXfcQU8oNrGV52wZAVcKqzA
  4. CHANTHABURI: A retired senior policeman due to hear judgement in a land dispute case shot dead the plaintiff and his lawyer before being fatally shot by an on-duty police officer in a Chanthaburi courtroom on Tuesday morning. He also wounded two other people who accompanied the slain plaintiff into the court. Pol Maj Gen Thanin Chantratip, 67, was a defendant in a 10-year-long civil lawsuit concerning blocks of land in Tha Mai district. He was in court waiting to hear a ruling in the case when plaintiff Bancha Porameekhanaporn arrived with his wife and two lawyers about 9.15am. Media reported that the two sides began arguing and Pol Maj Gen Thanin drew his pistol and opened fire at Bancha and other members of his party. Bancha and lawyer Wijai Sukharom died later at Prapokklao Hospital. Bancha was a lawyer for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra during her rice-pledging scheme case. Bancha's wife Supaporn and another lawyer, Wichai Udomthanapat, were wounded. Thanin was in turn shot by an on-duty police officer and severely wounded. He later also succumbed to his wound. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1792634/defendant-shoots-dead-plaintiff-lawyer-in-courtroom?fbclid=IwAR0ljfim2Upat04M55T6bu3_X-n3YRqTRryLWKo2QCBargKwB44etLR85kU
  5. I used to have a 50 baht medical card for Ramathibodi Hospital. You had to go there on week days before noon, but it was certainly a cheap way to seek treatment, if you didn't mind waiting a while to be seen.
  6. The latest information is that this won't affect those of us on retirement visas. It applies to a special O-A visa which is issued outside the country for folks wanting to come here. The alleged reason is that some folks have fled rather than pay their medical bills. Those already on a regular retirement visa have proven they have plenty of money in the bank or at least income high enough that they should be able pay their hospital bills. (Plus who is going to do a runner if they own a house or condo here?) Of course, this being Alice in Wonderland, expect different immigration offices to make their own interpretations. e.g. I was talking to a retired US military senior NCO yesterday who lives in Udorn. He told me that Udorn immigration is ignoring the "either or" part of the visa requirement and insisting that retired folks their have to have both ... the money in the bank AND the minimum monthly income. I'd heard stories about the Udorn immigration before, and it seems like it is not a place you'd want to retire in.
  7. Thanks, Steve. And the same to your veteran brothers.
  8. Steve, you've got it backwards. That's a YELLOW dog Democrat. A "blue dog Democrat" is one who supports his party on most issues, but is generally more conservative on national defense and international relations. My old Congressman was a blue dog Democrat and a fine one, a military veteram. The Congressman my district has now is a far right nutcase Republican who even votes against the district's interests.
  9. And now for something completely different!
  10. Got to love those Thai back to school sales!
  11. They are really nasty now. You used to get the ads before the video. Now the ads pop up right in the middle of the video!
  12. His move is no surprise. He knows he can't carry Noo Yawk in an election, but Florida is a state he has a good chance in. I'd say the move was a clever step rather than fleeing from NY society. Trump is a survivor. Never count him out until it's over. He's like Tyson Fury.
  13. I googled and found only one Thai insurance company that will even touch folks over 70. So how the hell are you going to get insurance? They wan't 40,000 coverage for a single visit and up to 400,000 total coverage. Well, I have a couple of million baht here in the bank. Shouldn't that be enough for me not to worry about 400,000 for insurance?
  14. Oh, dear ... that's it. Trump's had it.
  15. An interesting idea, but it ain't gonna happen.
  16. Thailand's English proficiency has fallen for the third year in a row, according to the annual English Proficiency Index conducted by the global education company EF Education First. The report showed Thailand dropped to 74th out of 100 countries with a score of 47.62, which is considered "very low" proficiency. In 2018, Thailand ranked 64th out of 88 countries studied in the report with a score of 48.54, while in 2017 it ranked 53rd out of 80 countries with a score of 49.7. Thailand has the third lowest score in Southeast Asia, behind Indonesia and ahead of Myanmar and Cambodia, and ranked 17th out of 25 countries in Asia. By region, central and northern Thailand had slightly higher English proficiency than the Northeast and the South. Bangkok has the highest level of English proficiency in Thailand followed by Nonthaburi province, Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Khon Kaen. Men in Thailand scored slightly above women in the report, rating 48.68 and 47.59, respectively. Singapore ranked fifth in the world, the highest in Asia and behind four wealthy Northern European countries with the Netherlands at the top. The Philippines came in second in Southeast Asia, followed by Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia in last place. The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand all recorded a downward trend in their scores, while Cambodia and Myanmar saw improvement. The report warns that countries such as Thailand and Cambodia with economies that rely heavily on tourism could suffer from lack of English proficiency. With English as the de facto international language, tourists may choose a competing destination where it is easier to get by with only English. In Asia, women ranked higher than men in English proficiency with a score of 53.30, compared with mens' score of 52.71. Worldwide there was less of a spread, but women still outscored men 53.23 to 53.03. The 26-30 age range scored the best in English proficiency both in Asia and worldwide. The English Proficiency Index is based on an analysis of 2.3 million who took English tests administered by EF education first. The report found English proficiency to be improving worldwide, however, in Asia it has remained stagnant the past five years. https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1787899/thai-english-skills-dip-for-third-year
  17. Munchie is still a young fellow. Ah, to be young and only 60 again ... even 70!
  18. My first visit to Patpong was in 1973. There were only a handful of bars, and they were fairly small ... less than a dozen dancers in each of them. But gradually the bars started increasing and pushed the other businesses out of the sois. Believe it or not, one of the major wire services used to have it's Bangkok HQ on Patpon, UPI I think. Back in the good old days ... how I miss that traffic!
  19. RIP to your friend. I've seem similar things happen too often. I had a friend some years back whose marriage with BG soon turned to into a disaster, both emotionally and financially. Afterwards, he was trying to console himself by hooking up with other "working girls". A friend's Thai wife was a secondary school teacher, and she tried to introduce the guy to several well educated women with decent paying jobs at her private school. They were nice looking women, but the guy wasn't interested. Every marriage is something of a gamble, but at least you can try to lessen the odds against you by choosing one who is less likely to take you to the cleaners.
  20. There's a Canadian team in the American League, but many Brits I know seem to consider Canadians simply as Yanks who say "eh".
  21. It's an opinion piece, but even so it's surprising they ran it. Still, Time hasn't been the Republican stronghold it once was for many years now. The current editor is a Jewish guy from Memphis who has degrees from Princeton and Harvard, hardly the type to wear a MAGA cap.
  22. Regard LTC Vindaman's testimony before the House, here is a comment from a retired military friend. Since he spent twenty more years in uniform than I did, I expect he knows much more about the military than I do: "Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman said, 'I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen,' However, this is in direct contradiction to reality. The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is the only legally binding international anti-corruption multilateral treaty. Negotiated by member states of the United Nations (UN), it was adopted by the UN General Assembly in October 2003 and entered into force in December 2005. Also, Biden and his son were under investigation before Trump announced he was running for President. Therefore, Trump committed ZERO Campaign Law violations." https://www.unodc.org/documents/brussels/UN_Convention_Against_Corruption.pdf So wudya think?
  23. I googled and found the video on You Tube. p.s. I love the old Nite Owl photos. Now you can see why Trink used to be a "must read" before you went out bar hopping in the old days.
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