North Korea and Their Missile Launch at (or around) Japan
We feel like we say this a lot, but GOOD GRIEF!
According to the BBC, Pyongyang says “it is being provoked by U.S.-South Korea military exercises which it says are a rehearsal for invasion.”
If you recall from one of our earlier posts, we made reference to the fact that North Korea was not going to be happy about the scheduled exercise between South Korea and the U.S.. North Korea’s feathers have been a bit ruffled since these drills commenced, sending a missile over Northern Japan in an attempt to communicate their displeasure. We’re not so sure that was the best move.
According to CNBC, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, had this response after he was asked what actions his government planned to take as a result of the missile launch:
The ballistic missile launched by North Korea flew over our nation and landed in the Pacific Ocean. We, as the government, were completely aware of the movement of the missile since immediately after its launch and in order to protect the public we had a well prepared system in place.
This reckless act of firing a missile over our nation is an unprecedented, serious and significant threat, one that seriously diminishes the peace and safety of the region, and as a result we have lodged a firm protest against North Korea.
We have also requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. By working together with the international community, we will seek to further strengthen pressure against North Korea.
Under the firm Japan-U.S. Alliance, so that we can deal with any circumstance, while maintaining a sense of tension, we will do our utmost to ensure the public’s safety.
Trump responded by stating that “all options” were on the table, as their recent missile launch signals “contempt” for its neighbors and the United Nations.
Check out the full BBC Article here.
We found this very useful video for anyone looking to get a few tid bits of history under their belt. Enjoy!
Now that we’ve got that off our chest, let’s move on to something a bit more comical. Turn that frown upside down because we’ve got Sarah Palin to talk about! No, we’re not talking about her questionable intelligence level, we’re talking about the fact that her defamation case got thrown out against the New York Times!
Definitely not Defamed… According to the Law
Oh Palin… where to start… oh right! We’re talking ONLY about your defamation suit. For those of you who don’t know, Sarah Palin launched a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times.
According to the New York times, this suit was launched after a Times editorial was published earlier this year after a gunman opened fire on Republican congressmen during baseball practice in Washington DC.
The Times editorial, in discussing links between violence and “heated political rhetoric” cited a map published by Mrs. Palin’s political action committee, which it said featured crosshairs “targeting” 20 Democratic politicians.
While an error was made in the editorial, the New York Times quickly corrected their inaccuracies. It was determined that no malicious intent could be proven to demonstrate that defamation occurred. Judge Jed Rakoff stated the following in his final decision, “Negligence this may be; but defamation of a public figure it plainly is not”.
Here’s a video from Newsy that describes the controversy perfectly!
A Perfect Storm, Pardon my Sherrif?
Covered by the rainy mists of the most devastating hurricane to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina, President Trump chose to pardon Joe Arpaio over a misdemeanor that would have landed the former Sherrif behind bars for up to 6 months; however, Trump had different plans. Trump is being ridiculed for his decision to pardon the former Arizona Sherrif by many prominent figures, including Paul Ryan, Jeff Flake, John McCain, and Jeb Bush.
To make matters worse, Mr. Arpaio did not submit an application to be pardoned, he has not been sentenced, and his pardon was for a minor offense.
Mr. Arpaio’s Lawyer, Jack Wilenchick believes that criticizing his pardon is wrong because he was unfairly prosecuted, with no jury.
Law professors in the U.S. have concluded that this might just be the thing that gets The Donald impeached… Stay tuned!
Check out the full BBC Article here.
Hold, on… we need to fill up our popcorn bowl!
Ok, we’re back… What’s next… AH YES!, let’s talk about the legal challenges of the controversial U.S. military transgender ban.
Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That
President Trump’s actions immediately caused the individual plaintiffs and other transgender service members to fear for their careers, the well-being of their family members and dependents, their health care and, in some cases, their safety, the ACLU lawsuit states.
This is just one point of view that is shared across the country for current, past, and future transgendered military personnel who feel discriminated against for something they cannot control. Lawsuits have been launched all over the country after Trump declared that,
[the U.S. military] cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.
Check out the full CBC Article here.
Check out last week’s post here.