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Trump threatens Turkey with 'extremely decimated economy' over Syria   

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President Donald Trump on Monday launched a harsh attack on NATO ally Turkey, threatening to destroy its economy if Ankara takes a planned military strike in Syria too far, even though the U.S. leader himself has opened the door for a Turkish incursion.

          

Turkey 'as of now' has not begun offensive in Syria - Senior U.S. official   

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Turkey does not appear "as of now" to have begun its expected incursion into northern Syria, a senior Trump administration official said on Monday.

          

Trump says he warned Erdogan not to hurt U.S. service members in Syria   

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President Donald Trump said on Monday he warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of "big trouble" if any U.S. service members in the part of Syria that Turkey has threatened to invade get hurt.

          

An E.U. court just gave countries a free pass for censorship on Facebook   

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The ruling is set to inspire Russia, Turkey and the like to enact their own crackdowns.

          

Turning Japanese with Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen...   

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Everyone loves her savory Porcini Wagyu Prime Rib Roast and elegant Black Truffle Roast Turkey with Black Truffle Risotto Stuffing. And her rich Lengua en Salsa Porcini. And now, Bambi Reyes-Javelosa of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen turns Japanese with her new offerings...


You don't need a reason to celebrate with Japanese food. A last minute and spontaneous get-together with friends at home or a sudden celebration at the office, you can always count on Bambi Reyes-Javelosa of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen to save the day. And if you're craving for Japanese just like everyone else, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen now offers all your Japanese favorites. Any day just becomes even more special with Japanese food...

Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen is everyone's favorite kitchen for special feasts at home or the office, and this time, Bambi Reyes-Javelosa (L) adds a whole new repertoire of dishes with a Japanese spin to her extensive offerings (for more on Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen, see my earlier post, A Holiday Feast by Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen).


It seems there isn't anything Bambi can't do in her kitchen. Western, Filipino, and now Japanese, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen has pretty much everything covered. What's even more impressive is that this home kitchen churns out made-to-order dishes with the highest quality using the finest and freshest ingredients on a par with some of the best restaurants and even hotels in the metro. Bambi Reyes-Javelosa's signature seasonal favorites like Wagyu Prime Rib and Roast Turkey are always the centerpiece of countless family feasts at home, and she's adding even more to your list of favorites.

At a preview of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's latest offerings, Bambi Reyes-Javelosa served her lavish selections of Japanese dishes including intricate hand-rolled Sushi Rolls made with premium ingredients. Japanese dishes may seem simple, but it's a delicate and tedious cuisine demanding a high level of skill and the very best ingredients to make the flavors pop out. Without these, the flavors fall flat. For Bambi Reyes-Javelosa, nothing ever leaves her kitchen if the ingredients or execution don't make her cut. It's that simple.      


The variety of colors and flavors in Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's lavish Special Sushi Roll Platter rivals the offerings of premier establishments (for prices and other details, please refer to the contact details listed below). Fresh, clean and bold flavors with a subtle briny sweetness, you just can't expect anything less from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen. What surprised me the most is the elegant presentation, and one bite validates with its fresh flavors. Bambi Reyes-Javelosa's dishes are of the highest quality, from its fresh ingredients to the masterful execution of each dish is something many of her loyal customers and clients have come to expect from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen.


Each sushi roll has its own distinct flavors, each one with a different topping delicately arranged on a platter. Imagine the reaction of your guests when you bring this platter to the table.


Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen offers different platters, each with a different selection of tasty bites as well as price points. Following the Japanese aesthetic of artful presentation, you can be sure your guests will be more than impressed at your table. And why not, all of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's sumptuous platters first feeds the eyes before the palate. 


Whatever platter you choose, you know you're getting some of the finest and freshest seafood from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen. Many of their ingredients are flown in and hand-carried directly to their kitchen. Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's sources also supply some of the metro's best hotels to give you an idea on the quality of the ingredients. Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen offers a wide selection for even more options including local and imported Nigiri Sushi, Assorted Special Rolls and Aburi Sushi.


Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's Sashimi Platter with thick slices of premium Salmon, Hamachi, Tamago and fresh and briny fish roe is equally impressive. And this platter surely tastes as good as it looks. There's just nothing quite like the creamy, buttery texture of premium salmon that just melts in your mouth followed by an elegant and lingering sweetness. Check out Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's FB Page at https://God.blue/splash.php?url=iakLH2mOeEopPzqmP5K0KInM4JUh9BnvrMGmbbwu3TnROwV5NPfeY2U5Jd2RywcewzfmakGmqwxq4N24posk9GdiXXY1PKHOz1kZu6ZDm3E0_PLUS_hfq4amY0DsIr7QXQA_SLASH_C and you'll see a whole slew of tasty videos, including how they do their Tamago from scratch, slicing up a whole tuna and other behind the scenes look at their always busy kitchen. 


The vibrant colors tempts both the eyes and palate, it's just what you need to add a splash of vibrant colors and flavors to any celebration.


The seasonal Shishamo Platter filled with grilled Japanese smelt can be served as an appetizer or entree for any festive occasion. Enjoyed from head to tail, the delicately flavored smelt offers rich and bold notes with just a subtle hint of smokiness from the grill. It's not easy to find this seasonal delicacy in the metro but this is just one of many authentic dishes that Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen offers for its discerning clientele.   


If there's any dish that serves as a proper gauge of any Japanese restaurant's quality, it's usually the tempura. From the batter to the way it's deep-fried for that lightly crisp texture, premium ingredients along with time, temperature and skill come into play for that perfect piece of tempura.  


Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's Ebi Tempura is way up there when it comes to the perfect tempura. Lightly crisp on the outside and succulent with a tasty snap inside from the large tiger prawn, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen scores a homer with this one (check out how Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen does their signature tempura on their FB Page at https://God.blue/splash.php?url=iakLH2mOeEopPzqmP5K0KInM4JUh9BnvrMGmbbwu3TnROwV5NPfeY2U5Jd2RywcewzfmakGmqwxq4N24posk9GdiXXY1PKHOz1kZu6ZDm3E0_PLUS_hfq4amY0DsIr7QXQA_SLASH_C).


A light dip in the tempura sauce coats it with delectable sharp and sweet notes to complement the crisp batter and fresh, briny sweetness of the plump and succulent prawns. This one's good all the way to the tail. And there's a lot to go around with each serving, so there's no need to fight over the last piece (for prices and other details, please contact Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen).


You can't go wrong with the Kurobuta Pork Katsu of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen with tender pork cutlets draped in a lightly crisp layer of nutty breading served with a thick, sweet and mildly sour dip. Perfectly fried without being excessively greasy, the pork cutlet remains tender and juicy inside capped by the crisp breading.


Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen has another tasty surprise with the seasonal Soft-Shell Crab Tempura with contrasting textures bursting with rich flavors with each bite.


With a light coating of crisp batter, the succulent soft shell crabs drape the palate with a savory and briny sweetness. The dipping sauce adds that sharpness to temper the richness for balanced flavors. This prized delicacy is seasonal, best to call Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen for the latest seasonal catch.


Tender and juicy chicken thighs coated in a thick yet crunchy batter make this another must-have from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen. The Chicken Karaage is delicately seasoned without overwhelming the subtle and delicate notes of the juicy chicken. 


And once you start, you can go on all the way to the last piece.


Fresh off the teppan grills, the Wagyu Tenderloin Teppanyaki paired with Yasai Itame or stir-fried vegetables is a fitting main course for any festive feast at home.


With huge fork-tender cubes of premium Wagyu beef, the beefy chunks almost melt like butter with just the right bite. Perfect even without any sauce. It's just pure beef goodness. 

Pair your all-Japanese feast with Bambi Gourmet Kitchen's soft and fluffy Seafood Fried Rice (L) and the light Mushroom Soup (R) with its delicately flavored broth filled with a variety of earthy, nutty mushrooms. From starters and sides to savory mains, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's got everything covered.


Curry cravings? Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's got that covered too with the Beef Curry. The mildly spiced thick curry with tender beef and vegetables will have you going for another bowl of rice. Guaranteed.


Creamy with just the right amount of soothing heat, the Crunchy Spicy Tuna Salad is the perfect side to your sumptuous all-Japanese feast by Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen. The rich play on contrasting textures makes each bite different. Second servings? Yes, please.


A comforting bowl of hearty Wagyu Ribeye Sukiyaki with tender slices of premium beef, glass noodles, vegetables and tofu is a mandatory dish for any celebration. And if you have any requests on specific Wagyu grades and classifications, just let Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen know in advance. Just imagine your own bowl of premium sukiyaki with Wagyu Grade 6 Ribeye, right?


When only the best beef will do for your celebration, the Wagyu Prime Rib Steak from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen is the perfect centerpiece for your Japanese feast.


Each slice and bite is just like butter. Lightly drizzled with a thick and sweet sauce, you don't need anything else for beef this good. No more words needed to describe how good this slab of premium beef is, the picture says it all.


You know you're getting the real thing with Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's Grilled Hamachi Buri Kama or fatty yellowtail collars. Grilled to perfection, the collars are juicy with rich briny notes complemented by mild smoky undertones from the grill. Even most Japanese restaurants in the metro don't feature this item on their menu on a regular basis, but just give Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen a call. Depending on your order, please allow at least three days to one week leadtime for imported menu items as these are hand-carried from Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido and Fukuoka just for Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen.


At the end of the preview, one wonders, is there anything Bambi Reyes-Javelosa can't do? Hotel grade Japanese cuisine prepared just for you, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen makes any celebration at home or the office easy without the usual fuss. It's fine cuisine from one of the finest home kitchens in the metro (for more on Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen, see my previous post, A Holiday Feast By Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen and prepare to drool with her signature dishes like the Wagyu Prime Rib Roast and Roast Turkey). And there's just more reasons to love Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen as it turns Japanese with its latest offerings of Japanese favorites this holiday season or whatever celebration you have in mind...just give Chef Bambi a call.  

For more on Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen, simply call 0917-672-7230 and 0999-881-4272 or email at bambi_linkedge@yahoo.com and bambi_linkedge@gmail.com for inquiries and more information. You can also visit her FB and IG accounts at @Bambi'sGourmetKitchen.

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This Turkish Memorial Commemorates 440 Women Killed By Their Husbands Last Year   

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These 440 pairs of shoes were hung up on the wall of a building in Istanbul, Turkey We hear quite a lot of stories about domestic violence against women from about every corner of the world and it is one of the most common reasons for violent deaths in women. Regarding matters in Turkey, these …

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Fishtrap Lake becoming trekking destination on heels of 4,000 volunteer hours   

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Following years of planning and construction, two new nonmotorized trails at Fishtrap Lake Recreation Area are finished, offering visitors an intimate view of channeled scablands that were roughed out by cataclysmic Ice Age Floods.

Trail markers were set to be installed this weekend, but hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians who already had found their way around the loops since spring are giving rave reviews.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management began planning the new trails in 2013, two years after Bob Strong, a Spokane hiker, suggested the Fishtrap experience would be vastly more stimulating if a trail system could be established beyond the old ranch roads that had served the previous private landowners.

The “Miller Ranch” had been in Charles Miller’s family since 1871 before he and his wife, Diane, sold the 8,000 acres to BLM for $2.5 million in 1992. Summer cattle grazing is still allowed, as fall hikers will notice as they occasionally skip over the cow pies.

Strong was right. The new trails – the product of more than 4,000 hours of volunteer planning and labor – form two joined loops of 4.9 miles and 5.3 miles. The lead visitors to sites never seen from the road routes. Combining the two loops into a figure-8 route makes an outstanding 10-mile trek for foot, bike or horse.

Of the 446,000 acres in Washington managed by BLM, the Fishtrap Recreation Area is emerging as a natural standout for trails. And it’s just 30 minutes west of Spokane.

Straddling the Spokane-Lincoln county line, the federal land is a textbook example of channeled scablands that flourish with native plants and wildlife some 12,000-15,000 years after being ravaged by a series of violent floods emanating from Lake Missoula during the Ice Age. The centerpiece is 190-acre Fishtrap Lake, perhaps best-known in modern times for its spring-summer fishing season for trout stocked by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fishtrap had long been an attraction for Native Americans who foraged there and used traps to catch fish near the outlet. “That’s the source of the lake’s name,” BLM archeologist Anne Boyd said.

Some of the rock in the area includes a high amount of flint-like materials Native Americans could collect to make arrowheads, knives, spear points and other tools that require a sharp edge, she said. “Natural caves formed during Ice Age Floods were used as rock shelters.”

Fishtrap Lake trails are especially inviting starting in March when hikers are antsy to stretch their legs long before mountain trails are snow-free, said Holly Weiler, the Washington Tails Association’s East Side projects coordinator.

“I’ve never seen so much wildflower diversity in one hike,” she said at the end of a late-May outing. She also pointed out that islands of golden aspens light up among scattered ponderosa pines during fall.

“You can hike there through November, and I’ve cross-country skied there in winter when conditions allow. There’s so much more to that country that what you see from Interstate 90.”

Indeed, the variety of habitats – wetlands, ponds, lakes, riparian, brush, forest, sage, steppe and grassland have created an outstanding birding spot. Fishtrap is a favorite for native plant groups to visit. Geology enthusiasts know there are mysterious mima mounds to ponder and much more to discover.

Groundbreaking for the new trails began on Sept. 26, 2015, as WTA, the Spokane Mountaineers and Backcountry Horsemen teamed with pulaskis and other tools to celebrate National Public Lands Day with a work party.

“There was some rocky ground to deal with and drainage is an issue in some places,” Weiler said. “Despite the arid look to the area, there are a lot of wetlands with lush growth.”

The biggest problem for trail makers was dealing with the changes to the landscape caused by the Watermelon Hill fire that leaped through 13,000 acres in 2014. “Snags from the fire’s impact on ponderosa pine stands created hazards, especially when the wind blew,” she said.

That hazard lingers in a few spots five years after the fire. “One small area had 11 blowdowns after wind events this spring,” Weiler said.

Steve Smith, BLM’s Spokane-based recreation manager, said he had organized horsemen to join Weiler this weekend in marking the loops with flexible fiberglass Carsonite posts.

Now the trails need visits and wear from hooves, fat tires and feet to keep them tramped out and visible.

Fishtrap South Loop

The South Loop is 5.3 miles and 500 feet of cumulative elevation gain that reward hikers with impressive views of the lake, geologic features, wetlands and a break at Farmer’s Landing.

Start through the gate at the northeast end of the parking lot and hike the loop clockwise.

The singletrack trail passes wetlands on the right, rock outcroppings on the left, and goes through the middle of an aspen grove before reaching an earthen stock pond where ducks often rest.

Continue through the gate in the fence and hike up the draw until the trail climbs onto the flat above. At 1.2 miles, bear right on a doubletrack trail coming from the Miller Ranch House trailhead. Go a short way and notice the North Loop trail merging in from the left. Go a short way farther and take the singletrack angling left off the wider trail. The two loop trails share this 0.7-mile segment heading southeast, down off the plateau to a junction (at mile 2 of the hike) on a bluff above The Narrows of Fishtrap Lake.

To do the 10-mile figure 8 loop, go left (north) here. To stay on the South Loop, turn right and hike a scenic 0.2-mile stretch of the bluff with the lake on your left. Watch for cliff swallows and turkey vultures during summer.

The trail makes an S curve away from the lake, goes through fence gate and climbs up to a flat area. Check out the spur trail at 2.6 miles leading left to a scenic point above a cliff that drops to the lake. The crater, big enough to swallow a house on the north side of the spur trail, is a kolk – the erosive result of powerful whirlpools during the Ice Age Floods.

From here, the main trail heads west and then bends south and drops into a vegetated basin of timber heavily impacted by the 2014 Watermelon Fire. Skirt along the cattails rimming a large pothole and up through a pass to another bluff walk. Soon you’ll drop down to an open point and picnic spot called Farmers Landing, at 3.6 miles. The lake ends a half mile to the south.

The singletrack heads west from Farmers Landing, through a low, wet area, then merging with a doubletrack that leads 1.7 miles back to the trailhead. The sound of gunfire is common in this stretch from target shooting that occurs nearby.

If water is flowing across the trail in a wetland 0.4 mile before reaching the trailhead, look upstream to the right for boards that enable a dry crossing.

Fishtrap North Loop

The North Loop is 4.9 miles with 460 feet of elevation gain rewarded with long stretches of wide open views and a trip to the lake’s edge and back.

Go through the Fishtrap Road parking lot gate. Head south on a doubletrack for nearly 0.4 mile and bear right on a singletrack that forks west at 0.6 mile between two pothole craters. Then the trail heads south along an open rim with wetlands on your right. Bitterroots bloom in the gravely areas here in late May.

At 1.9 miles, the route makes a sharp left onto a double track that’s coming from Miller Ranch House. Go a short way south and bear left on a singletrack that’s shared with the South Loop to a junction on a scenic bluff overlooking The Narrows of Fishtrap Lake at 2.7 miles.

To do the 10-mile figure-8 loop, go right (south) here. To stay on the North Loop, turn left and head north with the lake on your right for 0.8 mile before the trail turns left from a bluff and leaves the lake behind. Hike to a junction at 3.6 miles and turn right onto a doubletrack.

At 3.9 mile, be on guard for the singletrack angling off to the left. (The doubletrack will get you back to the trailhead, but the singletrack offers more interesting scenery.)

Climb up to a plateau. At nearly 4.3 miles, bear right onto the familiar trail between two pothole craters and hike 0.6 mile north to the trailhead.


          

Trump Boasts of His 'Great and Unmatched Wisdom,' Threatens to Obliterate Turkey   

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After the White House announced Sunday night that U.S. troops would leave northern Syria and that Turkey would launch an invasion in the region, a move that appears to give Turkey the green-light to massacre U.S.-allied Kurds, President Donald Trump posted this tweet believing it would address concerns: "As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I've done before!)."

          

Turkey v Syria's Kurds: The short, medium and long story   

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A US pullout from north-east Syria could put Turkish and Kurdish fighters on collision course there.

          

U.S. Troops Have Begun Pulling Out Of Northern Syria As Turkey Launches Offensive    

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Gayle Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations, about the U.S. standing aside while Turkey launches an offensive in northern Syria, and what that means for ISIS.

          

Waukazoo Woods Mr. Gobbles Gets Justice, Sort of   

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Probation was given to a couple of Holland, Michigan, teenagers for killing a turkey known to Park Township's Waukazoo Woods neighborhood as Mr. Gobbles. Some say probation was not enough. Continue reading…

          

As impeachment looms, GOP revolts against Trump on Syria   

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WASHINGTON – They may have his back on impeachment, but some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal allies are suddenly revolting against his decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria.

On Monday, one chief Trump loyalist in Congress called the move “unnerving to the core.” An influential figure in conservative media condemned it as “a disaster.” And Trump’s former top NATO envoy said it was “a big mistake” that would threaten the lives of Kurdish fighters who had fought alongside American troops for years.

Trump’s surprise move, which came with no advance warning late Sunday and stunned many in his own government, threatened to undermine what has been near lockstep support among Republicans. It also came against the backdrop of a congressional impeachment inquiry in which the backing of Republicans in the Senate is the president’s bulwark against being removed from office.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has been among Trump’s most vocal defenders, called the Syria decision “a disaster in the making” that would throw the region into chaos and embolden the Islamic State group.

“I hope I’m making myself clear how short-sighted and irresponsible this decision is,” Graham told Fox News. “I like President Trump. I’ve tried to help him. This, to me, is just unnerving to its core.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has shrugged off the key allegation in the impeachment inquiry – that Trump pressured foreign powers to investigate a top Democratic rival – tweeted that Trump’s shift on Syria is “a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria.”

And Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has been more willing than many Republicans to condemn Trump’s calls for foreign intervention in the 2020 election, called the Syria move “a terribly unwise decision” that would “abandon our Kurdish allies, who have been our major partner in the fight against the Islamic State.”

A more frequent Republican Trump critic, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, cast Trump’s announcement as “a betrayal.”

“It says that America is an unreliable ally; it facilitates ISIS resurgence; and it presages another humanitarian disaster,” Romney tweeted.

Nikki Haley, who was Trump’s hand-picked ambassador to the United Nations, also cast the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Iraq as a betrayal of a key ally.

“The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake,” she wrote on Twitter.

Former Rubio aide Alex Conant highlighted the risks ahead for a president whose political future depends on Republican support.

“For Trump to make a very controversial move on Syria at the exact moment when he needs Senate Republicans more than ever is risky politics,” Conant said, noting the significance for many Senate Republicans of the United States’ policy in northern Syria, where Kurds would be particularly vulnerable to a Turkish invasion.

“They’re not just going to send out a couple of tweets and move on,” Conant said. “At the same time, the White House is going to need these guys to carry a lot of water for them.”

While a number of Republicans criticized Trump’s decision, one of their most important leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, was sanguine, offering little concern about Syria or impeachment during an appearance at the University of Kentucky.

“There are a few distractions, as you may have noticed,” McConnell said. “But if you sort of keep your head on straight and remember why you were sent there, there are opportunities to do important things for the country and for the states that we represent.”

After the appearance, McConnell issued a statement warning that Trump’s proposed withdrawal “would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime. And it would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup.”

“As we learned the hard way during the Obama Administration, American interests are best served by American leadership, not by retreat or withdrawal,” McConnell said.

Outside government, leaders of conservative groups backed Trump.

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., a prominent evangelical leader, said Trump was simply “keeping his promise to keep America out of endless wars.”

He suggested Trump could easily reengage in the region if the decision backfires.

“The president has got to do what’s best for the country, whether it helps him with this phony impeachment inquiry or not,” Falwell said in an interview.

Former Trump campaign aide Barry Bennett noted that the president has been talking about reducing troop levels in the Middle East since before the 2016 election.

“I understand that they don’t like the policy, but none of them should be shocked by the policy,” Bennett said. “He’s only been talking about this for four or five years now. I think he’s with the vast majority of the public.”

Still, the backlash from other Trump loyalists was intense.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., a member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence committees, called it a “misguided and catastrophic blow to our national security interests.”

And on Fox News, a network where many rank-and-file Trump supporters get their news, host Brian Kilmeade said it was “a disaster.”

“Abandon our allies? That’s a campaign promise? Abandon the people that got the caliphate destroyed?” Kilmeade said on “Fox & Friends.”

Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the controversy reminds him of former Defense Secretary James Mattis’ decision to resign late last year after Trump announced plans to withdraw troops from Syria.

“Ultimately, Trump reversed himself,” Aliriza said. “The question is whether he will actually reverse himself again in view of the opposition from Capitol Hill led by several of his closest allies.”


          

Syrian Kurds see American betrayal and warn fight against ISIS is now in doubt - The Washington Post   

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  1. Syrian Kurds see American betrayal and warn fight against ISIS is now in doubt  The Washington Post
  2. Donald Trump vows to 'obliterate' Turkey's economy if there's 'inhumane' treatment of Kurds in Syria  The Sun
  3. Exclusive: Official Who Heard Call Says Trump Got 'Rolled' By Turkey and 'Has No Spine'  Newsweek
  4. With Friends Like the U.S.  The Wall Street Journal
  5. Trump's making a big mistake in betraying the Kurds  New York Post
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

Today's Headlines and Commentary   

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The White House announced on Sunday that President Trump has backed a Turkish plan that would clear away U.S.-backed Kurdish forces near the Turkish border in Syria and result in the United States not participating in military activity in the area, reports the New York Times. Turkey views the Kurdish forces, who are part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, as a terrorist insurgency and has long lobbied the United States to cut support for the group. The Washington Post reports that the United States has already begun withdrawing U.S. troops near the border as of Monday morning. An attorney representing the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint gave rise to the Ukraine scandal confirmed via Twitter that his team now “represent[s] multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General.” The Washington Post reports that another attorney signaled that a second individual has…

          

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Syria's Kurds stand to lose all gains from US pullout   

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault.

U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to stand aside — announced by the White House late Sunday — infuriated Kurds, who stand to lose the autonomy they gained in the course of Syria's civil war.

The Kurdish force pledged to fight back, raising the potential for an eruption of new warfare in Syria. "We will not hesitate for a moment in defending our people" against Turkish troops, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement, adding that it has lost 11,000 fighters in the war against IS in Syria.

As many as 300,000 people could immediately be driven from their homes in northeast Syria if Turkey launches its offensive, the International Rescue Committee warned Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened for months to launch the military operation across the border. He views the Syria Kurdish forces as terrorists and a threat to his country as Ankara has struggled with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

Ankara has been demanding a "safe zone" stretching the length of northern Syria along Turkey's southern border to be patrolled by Turkish troops and their allied Syrian forces. That would put a significant portion of Syria's Kurdish population under effective Turkish control.

Erdogan on Monday said American troops have started pulling back following his conversation with Trump the night before. He did not elaborate on the planned Turkish incursion but said Turkey was determined to halt what it perceives as threats from the Syrian Kurdish fighters.

The SDF issued a sharp condemnation of the American move. "The American forces did not abide by their commitments and withdrew their forces along the border with Turkey," it said.

A U.S. official confirmed that American troops were already moving out of the security zone area, which includes the Syrian towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad. That official was not authorized to speak for the record and was granted anonymity to comment.

A video posted by a Kurdish news agency showed a convoy of American armored vehicles apparently heading away from the border area of Tal Abyad.

America's rivals, including Iran, Russia and the Syrian government, stand to gain from a U.S. troop withdrawal from the oil-rich region in the north. Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: "US is an irrelevant occupier in Syria — futile to seek its permission or rely on it for security."

In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow realizes Turkey's need to ensure its security, but noted that "it's necessary to respect Syria's territorial and political integrity." Peskov wouldn't comment on whether the U.S. withdrawal could push the Kurds to seek a dialogue with Damascus.

Russia and Iran have helped Syrian President Bashar Assad reclaim control over most of the country following a devastating eight-year civil war.

Abdulkarim Omar, a senior official in the Kurdish self-rule administration, said they had been expecting the U.S. decision to withdraw and have made preparations for it. He didn't elaborate. But he warned that securing facilities holding IS militants would be jeopardized if an offensive begins because forces would be deployed there.

"We have been flexible even in dealing with Russia, which may play a role in the political resolution. We were flexible even in regards to Damascus," he said. "But what happened today is illogical."

The Kurdish-led SDF has been the main U.S.-backed force in Syria in the fight against IS. In March, the SDF captured the last sliver of land held by the extremists, marking the end of the so-called caliphate that was declared by IS's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014.

The U.S. and Turkey had been working on a compromise "security mechanism" for the border region that the Kurds had hoped would avert any Turkish offensive. Since August, joint U.S and Turkish aerial and ground patrols had started in a 125-kilometer (78-mile) zone. The SDF had cooperated, removing fortifications from the areas and withdrawing with heavy weapons.

But vital details of the mechanism were still being worked out, and Ankara had repeatedly expressed its impatience, threatening an attack.

Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, tweeted that his group had not been not expecting the U.S. to protect northeastern Syria. "But people here are owed an explanation regarding the security mechanism deal and destruction of fortifications," he said.


          

O Canada – What’s Up with Salmonella and E. coli?   

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Listen while reading. Salmonella: The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a news release this week announcing that 110 Canadians have been sickened by the Reading strain of salmonella. There have, however, been no product recalls issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. “Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to raw turkey and raw chicken products has been identified as the likely source of the outbreak,” the Public Health Agency said, adding that outbreaks are continuing. “Many of the individuals who became sick reported eating different types of turkey and chicken products before they fell ill,” the agency said. There have been 26 people sickened in British Columbia, 36 in Alberta, 24 in Manitoba and seven in Ontario and one each in Quebec, the Northwest Territories and New Brunswick plus six in Nunavit. Whole-genome sequencing linked all of these cases, which showed up between Apr. 2017 and Aug. 2019. Thirty-two people were…

          

Pegasus SALE! Cheap flights from many European cities to Turkey from only €9 + taxes!   

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Bayern boss Rummenigge angered by France call-up for injured Hernandez   

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Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez has been called up for medical examination by the French national team.

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has spoken out against the world champions France after they called up the injured defender Lucas Hernandez for their Euro 2020 qualifiers with Iceland and Turkey. Rummenigge had told the French football federation last week that Hernandez was unavailable because of the knee injury but the French have asked the defender to report for a medical examination. "I want to point out that Lucas Hernandez did not play for us in the Champions League against Tottenham nor in the  Bundesliga on Saturday," Rumminegge said in a press release. The former striker, now the chief power broker at Bayern, is said to be irritated by comments from the French national coach Didier Deschamps, suggesting the defender would be happy to play on one leg for the national cause. "Didier Deschamps' suggestion ... has stunned us," he said.  The World Cup holders face Iceland in Reykjavik on Friday, October 11 before entertaining Turkey at the Stade de France on Monday, October 14. Les Bleus are level with Turkey at the top of Group H on 15 points from six games, with Iceland three points back.  The top two qualify automatically for the final tournament.

          

Lloris out for the rest of the year, says Deschamps   

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Spurs' goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had to be stretched off during the game against Brighton.

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will "almost certainly" be out of action for the rest of the year after his horror injury at the weekend, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday. "It is difficult to say exactly how long he will not be available," said Deschamps as France players gathered for their next Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Iceland on Friday and Turkey three days later. "What matters to us right now is that he will not be with us for this round of games or for the next." France face Albania and Moldova in November.  Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow in conceding the opening goal of Spurs' 3-0 defeat by Brighton on Saturday, dropping a cross before falling backwards and landing badly. The Spurs goalkeeper was given oxygen and morphine as he was carried from the field before being taken to hospital. "Almost certainly, he won't be back on the pitch in 2019," said Deschamps. Steve Mandanda will take over in goal for France against Iceland while Paulo Gazzaniga, who replaced Lloris on Saturday, is likely to continue in the role for struggling Spurs.

          

Trump claims ‘UK is thrilled’ and he ‘consulted with everyone’ in rambling defence of decision to let Turkey invade Syria - The Independent   

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  1. Trump claims ‘UK is thrilled’ and he ‘consulted with everyone’ in rambling defence of decision to let Turkey invade Syria  The Independent
  2. Trump makes way for Turkey operation against Kurds in Syria  BBC News
  3. Turkey-Syria border: Kurds bitter as US troops withdraw  BBC News
  4. The US withdrawal from northern Syria creates the perfect climate for war crimes  The Guardian
  5. Donald Trump risks opening a new front in Syria  Financial Times
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While The Wife's Away ...   

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My husband is fending for himself this week while I am away. He is not suffering. In fact, I cooked more for him in preparation of this week's absence than I usually cook when I'm home. I made him a turkey pot pie, my first pot pie of any kind, ever. Of course, I shouldn't be so proud; I used the dread canned, cream-of-mushroom soup (my mother's favorite ingredient) and the ever so helpful refrigerated pie crust. My aim is to make my own crusts with ease, but so far, the ease factor comes in a little red box in the frig.

This pot pie recipe is a doctored version of one my husband has. His version uses frozen vegetables, while I used fresh -- except for the peas. To the peas, I chopped and added a red bell pepper, a half small head broccoli, one carrot, one celery stick, one small onion, and two cloves garlic. When the vegetables cook down, approx. 10 minutes, mix one can cream-of-mushroom soup into the pan. Add approx. 1/4 cup chicken stock, or more as needed for the proper consistency. Add salt, pepper, and herbs (I used fresh dill and dried thyme). Continue to cook the vegetables and soup another five to ten minutes and set on the back of the stove to cool. If using a refrigerated pie crust, thaw for thirty minutes before unrolling bottom layer into pie plate. Fill with most of the pot pie mixture from the stove, leaving a half cup in the pan. To this, add the cooked turkey pieces, approx. two cups, and stir, coating with soup. Add the turkey on top of the vegetable mixture in the pie plate. Unroll the top crust onto the pie and crimp the edges. Cut steam vents in the top crust and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, until top is golden brown.

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Kale and Chickpea Soup   

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Kale and Chickpea Soup
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Pulling a bag of wrinkled and shrunken garbonzos from the bottom of my lentil bin, I wondered if they could be saved. How old are these things? Looks like maybe I've been carrying them around since my college days, piling newer beans and lentils on top, these working their way down, year after year after year. I gave them a try, using a recipe I found at Epicurious.com which morphed into something of my own. Changing recipes to suite myself or what I have on hand was once a sacrilege. Who am I to re-think and present a recipe that's been printed in a book or newspaper? Bloggers taught me that I am somebody to do just that (as long as credit is given). Just what my mother has been trying to tell me all along, when I complain on the phone that I can't make such-and-such because I have no heavy whipping cream or fennel or turkey legs or ....

To see the recipe at epicurious.com, click the link above. My adaptation follows.

Kale and Chickpea Soup:

16 oz. chickpeas
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped (1 c.)
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3 bay leaves (2 if large)
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

1 large baking potato, peeled and cubed into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 lb. (approximately 4 c.) stemmed kale, processed finely
32 oz. chicken stock
1 - 2 c. water, as needed

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 links hot Italian sausage, casings discarded, diced

2 hot green chillies, seeds removed
1/2 - 1 tsp. groung Ancho Chili Pepper
1 tsp. Garam Marsala


Soak chickpeas overnight, changing water several times. Cook beans on the stove, or, as I did, in a pressure cooker for 10 -12 minutes, until tender. Gather and chop ingredients. Stem kale and chop finely in a food processor. In a 5 - 6 qt. Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Cook 5 - 7 minutes, until onions are soft. Add cubed potato, kale, chicken broth, and water. Cook 20 minutes until potatoes are soft. Reduce heat to a simmer. Meanwhile, "skin" Italian sausages and discard casings. Separate into bite-size pieces and fry in a skillet with a little extra-virgin olive oil until the color changes from opaque to brown. Drain on a paper towel and add to soup. Add hot green chillies, Ground Ancho Chili Pepper (Penzey's) and Garam Marsala. Pause; stir, taste. Add salt, and ground pepper as needed.

∗ Note: The chickpeas, however old they were, came out beautifully after soaking a day and a half and pressure cooking; pre-soaking chickpeas is normally not required for pressure cooking. The ground ancho chili pepper, extra garlic, and hot green chillies added some of the flavors of the chorizo that was missing from my version. Garam Marsala was a tasty addition to the chickpeas, here, as it is to Bengal gram in Indian cooking.


          

How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies (A $9.99 Value!)   

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This book solves the problem of providing quick, healthy meals for picky eaters or anyone struggling with what to serve for dinner. Leann takes the burden off of moms & dads that want to feed their family good nutrition without the hassle of added preparation. By using veggies in the form of baby food, organic vegetable powders and other tricks, Leann sneaks additional nutrients into your family's favorite recipes in a snap - making picky eaters a thing of the past and bringing harmony to the dinner table.

Some of the recipes you’ll get in this cookbook include:

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  • The Best Beet Gingerbread Muffins
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Confusion between Pres Trump and officials over Middle East   

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As President Trump vows to pull back from military involvement in the Middle East, his Republican allies are condemning him for abandoning allies and emboldening regional enemies. In a tweet Mr Trump said "if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey". We speak to Washington correspondent Simon Marks.

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