Beltway Insider: Trump, Allies Bomb Syria; Paul Ryan Retires; Gay Serial Killer; Ingraham Loses Another; Milos Forman

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President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron united against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad use of chemical weapons launched strategic airstrikes against the dictatorial leader's weapons strongholds in the capital of Damascus.

According to Gallup, President Trump job approval, over the past week, increased by one percentage point to 41% of those polled who approve of his effectiveness as President and those who disapprove of his effectiveness as President decreased by one percentage point to 54%.

Trump, Allies Bomb Syria; Take Aim at Assad

President Trump, without seeking permission of the United Nations Security Council or any other global governing body secured a trilateral coalition with British Prime Minister Theresa and French President Emmanuel Macron, two of the United States oldest allies to launch the unprecedent strike.

"Today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality. The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead," President Trump said.

The three specific facilities targeted were The Barzah Research and Development Center, The Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage site and the Him Shinshar bunker facility all within the general Damascus region.

"The airstrikes accomplished their mission in Syria," Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, said. He added, "The U.S., UK and France conducted proportional, precision. coordinated strike directed against the three chemical weapons targets which were central to Assad's chemical weapons infrastructure production."

The strikes were launched from each of the participating nations: the British Storm Shadows, French Missiles, US and UK forces. The results were precise overwhelming and effective. All safely returned to their bases at the end of the mission.

In total 105 missiles were launched against the three Syrian chemical weapons facilities which have been confirmed to have hit their intended targets. Ground casualty was kept to a minimum due to the early morning, 4:00am, commencement of the airstrikes.

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Russia, Iran Stand Up To Trump

Aa Vladimir Putin continues to alienate himself against the West, his only allies in the new cold war remain Iran, led by moderate cleric Hassam Rouhani, and Syria, led by Bashar al-Assad, whom both leaders appear to be supporting.

Soviet officials have circulated messaging indicating the chemical attack in Douma was faked and staged with Britain's direct involvement to contradict what multiple intelligence agencies around the world have confirmed.

The US remains dedicated to the 70 nation coalition, created under the past administration, in a multi-lateral, multi-national approach to stopping, degrading and ultimately destroying the Islamic State. If they are given respite or refuge in Syrian than Syrian becomes a co-conspirator in the actions taken by ISIS.

Should Putin supply, which he does, and sell weapons to Syria, which he does than he too becomes a co-conspirator in the escalating Syrian civil war.

Each of those nations have an escalating war against Trump, to which the untested President has said, we are "locked and loaded and prepared for any retaliation."

Obama Failure to Stabilize Syria

This most recent use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people is not the first for the tyrannical Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. During the previous administration, and what was universally considered the first use of chemical weapons and violation of the proliferation of life treaty, then President Obama refused to take the final step in ending the reign of Assad.

With the world, unilaterally in agreement and the United Nations also standing with the President, he positioned warship close enough to deliver a short range ballistic missile and didn't. The failure to end Assad's reign became a glaring error which will be exploited by the current administration.

Representative Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, Calls it Quits

Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan, (R-WI), announced this week he will not seek re-election in the upcoming November elections and will retire from the office he has held for nearly two decades.

Elected to Wisconsin's First Congressional District in November of 1998, and was reelected eight successive elections always securing victory by a commanding double digit lead over his opponents.

Ryan continued to build a strong presence, joining the House Budget Committee, he became the ranking member in 2007 and Chairman in 2011. He was selected by his party to present the Republican reply to then President Obama's State of the Union in January 2011.

Ryan was also the Vice Presidential nominee choice of Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. After the Republicans gained control of the White House, with the election of Donald Trump, Paul Ryan still the Speaker of the House became a vocal supporter of the businessman turned politician and his polarizing viewpoints.

The freshman year of Trump politics was a rocky one and the residual effect began to show quickly and surgical cuts in solid republican strongholds creating uncertainty for all republicans in the upcoming 2018 election.

Oddly, Ryan a staunch Republican and one who rarely steps to support any Democratic causes did oppose FBI Director James Comey decision to prosecute Secretary Clinton over the mishandling of email calling it "a dangerous precedent."

He also become one of the first ranking members of Congress to endorse then candidate and presumptive Presidential nominee Donald Trump, albeit hesitantly and with a clear distinction between whole heartedly and with reservation.

With all 435 Congressional seats up for re-election in November 2018, Ryan became the first long term incumbent to announce his retirement.

Canadian Serial Killer Targets Gay Community

Bruce McArther, 66, from Toronto, Canada, has been charged with seven counts of First Degree murders, after the dismembered remains of three of his victims were discovered in large planters, in multiple locations around the Toronto area.

The seven men McArthur has been charged with killing are Andrew Kinsman, 49, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Selim Esen, 44, Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, Dean Lisowick, 47, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.  

"Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga [the lead detective handling the McArthur Case,], said a press conference later that the remains of three more men, Selim Esen, Dean Lisowick and Faizi, have now been identified. McArthur had already been charged with the murders of Esen and Lisowick. Police have been trying to identify the remains of at least seven men found at a property McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business. Investigators have identified six sets of remains so far -- 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman, 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi, 40-year-old Skandaraj Navaratnam and now 44-year-old Esen, Faizi and Lisowick," as reported on

Toronto police have also announced that while McArthur, has been charged with these seven murders the investigation is far from over with up to 75 additional locations to be searched and more than 200 cold case missing Gay men dating back forty years to a time when 14 gay men were brutally killed and half remain unsolved.

After seizing McArthur's computers, Police found an image of an unidentified dead man. The disturbing image, which fit the profile of his other victims, darker skin, the possibility of Arab/Mediterranean decent, with dark hair and dark eyes, caused police, in a rare move to release the photo to the public. The graphic image resulted in more than 200 leads.

The man has been identified and police are completing an investigation as to how the image ended up on McArthur's computer. Did McArthur take the photo? Is there a network that sends images? Is it part of Gay snuff films, as well as attempting to determine if the remains are buried locally and can be recovered.

The seven murders date back to 2010, with three of the recovered victims killed within the past year.

McArthur, a professional landscaper, contracted work in various location throughout the city and police have now searched more than 75 different locations.

At 66, McArthur is shown as friendly looking man, with white hair, a receding hairline that exposes a slight bald spot, and moustache and slight beard. To date, all his victims also wore a moustache and beard, except one who was pictured with a moustache shadow.

A successful Landscaper, he owned an apartment in a moderate neighborhood of Thorncliffe Park, which police have said, is being searched top to bottom, inside walls, ceilings, floorboards.

"Investigators are also reviewing cold case files dating back to the 1970s involving gay men who were killed in Toronto's downtown after leaving bars popular in the LGBT community," CBC news reported."

McArthur targeted Toronto's Gay Community allegedly picking up men engaging them in sexual acts and then killing them.

Any psychologist would say his methodologies were textbook even in our modern accepting world, his emotional makeup, deep seeded beliefs made it impossible for him to be out or open about his sexuality and after engaging in sex with these men he killed them to silence them.

Laura Ingraham Loses Another Advertiser

Laura Ingraham, a nationally syndicated conservative talk show host, has lost another advertiser in what has become a defining line as she and other conservatives radio and television hosts take aim at the equally vocal survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school massacre.

Ingraham, who experienced a mass exodus of eight high profile advertisers including "TripAdvisor, Wayfair, Hulu, Nutrish, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Atlantis Paradise Island and Stitch Fix, [who all] said they were removing their ads. A ninth, Expedia, said it had recently pulled its advertising but declined to say when," the New York Times reported.

Ingraham and others including more recently Sinclair Broadcasting host Jamie Allman, have taken to targeted hate messaging in their attempt to silence the ever growing acceptance of common sense gun reform.

Several corporations have stated clearly the messaging coming from Ingraham is not consistent with "our core values."

David Hogg, who was ushered into the industrial kitchens by the Culinary instructor during the February 14 massacre, began immediately, while the shooter was still active videotaping and filing stories via social media while he and approximately 60 others hide from the advancing shooter.

In the aftermath, he along with five others became immediate protestors and vocal advocates for gun control policies. He and others had immediately initiated a strategy to degrade the effectiveness of those advocating no change to gun control policies and targeted the advertiser to effectively dismantle and silence the dissenting voices.

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Without question no corporation, past or present, who supported the opinions of the conservative talk shows, fringe or hard right would prefer a deranged madman or disgruntled person enter their facility and initiate an active shooter situation.

Sinclair Broadcaster Jamie Allman physically threatened sexual violence against the 17 year old Hogg, which essentially proves these gun control advocates have been effective. The newest tactic of anti-gun control leaders is to divide and conquer or divide the survivors of Parkland and conquer the message.

David Hogg and Emma Gonzales, who is the antithesis of the Conservative Right, have become the image of the movement, even as there are many students, those whose lives and destinies were irreparably altered on February 14, and many others who took to the podium, spoke with authority, accepted the responsibility of their linage, and have now become the target of those who fuel hate rhetoric and hate messaging lulling the unstable into a belief that their actions are valid.

Milos Forman, Oscar Winning Director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Dies

Milos Forman, the Oscar winning director of Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has died his family announced. He was 86.

Forman, who arrived in Hollywood knowing little English, had already directed many Czech Republic films before he fled his homeland in the late 1960's.

With few successes, Michael Douglas who was producing the 1975 Ken Kesey novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and offered the directing job to Forman.

It has been said, the director micro managed every aspect and the result earned nine Oscar nominations and secured five wins including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Jack Nicholson and Best Actress for Louise Fletcher who played the infamous Nurse Ratched. The cast included up and coming talent Danny Devito and Christopher Lloyd and a Supporting Actor nomination for Brad Dourif, the stuttering Billy Bibbit.

It would be a nearly a decade later before Forman would again direct a film that would resonate with the Academy voters and into awards season. Chosen to direct Amadeus, the 1984 bio-pic on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart earned 11 Academy Award nominations and secured eight wins including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role to F. Murray Abraham.

Forman died at his home, in Connecticut, on April 14, 2018. He was 86.

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