I was going to post about my frustrating day installing an air conditioner in Brother Bill's trailer, but the trials and tribulations of these young ladies brought me back into some perspective:

U.S. denies visas for Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team

And we wonder why nearly half the people in the world hate our guts.  As Forrest Gump's Mama said. "Stupid is as stupid does."

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Comment by Phyllis on July 2, 2017 at 1:57pm

WTF have we torn up their country for if they're not allowed into our country for a competition?

Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 2, 2017 at 2:05pm

Phyllis it's worse than that.  There are Afghani translators who worked and fought along side US troops and whose lives and families are in mortal danger that have been denied visas as refugees.  Many are still on waiting lists.

Comment by Phyllis on July 2, 2017 at 2:14pm

I have heard that before. 

Comment by Boanerges on July 2, 2017 at 2:50pm

Un-farking-believable. They want to send some of their youngest and brightest to a competition ... and the US says "No"?

Oh wait. It's being done under Trumplethinskin's administration, which has just locked the door on the White House science division. Give my head a shake.

Comment by MV Neland on July 2, 2017 at 2:52pm

These girls are part of a small growing movement that began after the reduction of the Taliban. Tho the Taliban still rule, they struggle to maintain their order everywhere at once any longer. This movement is re-establishing the inclusion of females into schools, sports, and other social arenas in certsin regions of Afghanistan they enjoyed before the rise of the Taliban in the 80's and 90's. The Taliban got their rise from being the only stable entity after the Northern Alliance, Bin Laden's network funded by the CIA, defeated the Soviets as our proxy war. Decades of strufe and fighting left the country devastated. Then, we came back under W Bush and fought the Taliban but left the place even more decimated. These government NGO programs, tho ogten political in origin, are bringing some semblance of normalcy back to these people. It's been a long time. They and their families risk their lives attending these programs. Trump is handing them back to the Taliban. But, then, he understands their patriarchal, autocratic ways. Besides, Afghanistan has merely always just been a door for US interests into the Caucasus...Putin's backyard. Maybe a little more qui pro quo by Trump?

Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 2, 2017 at 3:11pm

Bo, MV & Terry, thanks for reading and commenting.

Comment by John Manchester on July 2, 2017 at 3:18pm

Sigh. So much stupid, so little time. Will we oldsters live to see the end of this?

Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 2, 2017 at 3:25pm

John, if Republicans get their greedy fingers on Medicare, I doubt it.  Thanks for reading and commenting.  Hope to read your next post soon.

Comment by MV Neland on July 2, 2017 at 4:17pm

Interesting view, Sophie.

Funny quip on Medicare JMac.

John, i was in a gigong class and we essentially asked the same question - will we live long enough to actually see the benefits of our practice!  

Terry, boanerges, Phyllis, beyond sad, really.

Good find JMac. My heart breaks.

Comment by Rosigami on July 2, 2017 at 4:42pm

We're being force-marched backwards. 

@Boanerges- had that same conversation today with the BLP. 


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