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  • Oil, Trade, and Geopolitics Open

    by coldwarrior ( 150 Comments › )
    Filed under Open thread at May 13th, 2019 - 3:29 am

    Some light reading

    https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/International/Oil-May-Hold-The-Secret-To-Ending-The-Trade-War.html

    https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/International/New-Middle-East-Proxy-War-Could-Jolt-Oil-Prices.html

    https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/International/US-Oil-Weapon-Could-Change-Geopolitics-Forever.html

    enjoy.

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    1. eaglesoars
      1 | May 13, 2019 7:35 am

      what is THIS?

      a surprise decline in U.S. crude production from the first article

      first I’ve heard about it and this was dated 2 days ago.

      now from the second piece, talking about an Iranian proxy war against the US

      This strategy, as already has been employed by Iran’s IRGC troops in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and parts of Iraq, would however be much harder to quell. Not only would the U.S. be forced to spread its forces, but low-level intensive military operations in mainly civilian areas would also constrain a U.S. response. It would also be very hard for Washington to compel European allies and the international community to form a united front against Iran.

      I really don’t think Trump would get sucked into that. That’s why he got big boats with fighters/bombers on them deployed. It would be high intensity,fast and no boots. Smoking ruins over a weekend comes to mind.

      There are no overnite updates on the Saudi/UAE tanker sabotage stories. Just that there is one report of a Norwegian flagged shipped also being damaged.

      An interesting stat came out tho. Auto sales in China are down over 14% and it’s not seasonal.

      Everybody is pricing in China’s economic slowdown and assuming a slump in demand for energy.

      Also,there are continued reports of civilian unrest in Iran but it’s impossible to tell how deep that runs.


    2. eaglesoars
      2 | May 13, 2019 9:17 am

      This is a good thread on Chinese currency manipulation. First thing you need to know: China has TWO currencies, one used only for internal transactions, the other only for international transactions.

      https://twitter.com/adamscrabble/status/1094717028009689089


    3. eaglesoars
      3 | May 13, 2019 12:05 pm

      I’m going to condense 4 tweets of Trump’s where he explains why tariffs do not necessarily mean more expense for American consumers

      This is the link for the 1st tweet
      https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1127965567359574016

      ———–

      There is no reason for the U.S. Consumer to pay the Tariffs, which take effect on China today. This has been proven recently when only 4 points were paid by the U.S., 21 points by China because China subsidizes product to such a large degree. Also, the Tariffs can be completely avoided if you buy from a non-Tariffed Country, or you buy the product inside the USA (the best idea). That’s Zero Tariffs. Many Tariffed companies will be leaving China for Vietnam and other such countries in Asia. That’s why China wants to make a deal so badly!…

      ..There will be nobody left in China to do business with. Very bad for China, very good for USA! But China has taken so advantage of the U.S. for so many years, that they are way ahead (Our Presidents did not do the job). Therefore, China should not retaliate-will only get worse!

      —————

      I have some issues with this, especially on ag, but the man can speak for himself


    4. eaglesoars
      4 | May 13, 2019 12:12 pm

      And here is an interesting discussion on companies leaving China. Looks like India and Vietnam are the beneficiaries. They’ve already started

      https://www.theepochtimes.com/around-200-us-companies-considering-moving-production-from-china-to-india_2897876.html


    5. coldwarrior
      6 | May 13, 2019 4:46 pm

      our central bankers are assassins.

      https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/13/chinas-self-destructive-nuclear-option-in-trade-war-selling-us-treasury-bonds.html

      its simple, we played chicken with the rest of the world by lowering interests rates first and them raising them first. now our bonds are the bet yield in the world.

      if china dumps, the asset value goes down and they get hurt bad.

      central banking is war by other means


    6. eaglesoars
      7 | May 13, 2019 4:59 pm

      @ coldwarrior:

      sounds like a bunch of dairy farmers.

      Did you know we have a Bureau of Industry and Security? Me neither. Apparently it exists under the Dept Commerce. Anyhoo, they put a bunch of new companies on their ‘don’t play with’ list, which has the ominous name of THE ENTITY LIST

      The four new entities located in both China and Hong Kong attempted to procure U.S.-origin commodities that would have supported Iran’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and military programs, in violation of U.S. export controls. Separately, four Emirati persons are included for obtaining U.S.-origin items for an existing entity list member without a license and for a denied party, Mahan Air, which is currently subject to a temporary denial order.

      Two other Chinese entities participated in the prohibited export of controlled technology, which was then supplied to organizations affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army. Additionally, one Pakistani company is included on the update for procuring controlled technology on behalf of that country’s unsafeguarded nuclear activities. Another person in the UAE refused to support a BIS end-use check, which is cause for admission to the Entity List.

      I’m trying to find out what those companies are but the BIS site is taking a hit, so that will have to wait. Here’s the Commerce Dept link

      https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2019/05/department-commerce-identifies-entities-national-security-concern


    7. eaglesoars
      8 | May 13, 2019 5:20 pm

      Here’s a handy dandy tool I’ve used since forever. It’s USDA’s foreign ag service database query tool. This particular window lets you choose the product you want to look at the the export-to country you’re interested in.

      https://apps.fas.usda.gov/esrquery/esrq.aspx

      looking at import data can be a bit trickier, but you can start here.

      https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/us-food-imports/us-food-imports/

      The USDA is one of the gov’t agencies that really does turn out some good stuff. You can spend hours here (If you’re a dork like me) and nobody can BS you about what’s going on.


    8. eaglesoars
      9 | May 13, 2019 5:24 pm

      I love Greg Gutfield. He’s talking about the hypocrisy of the green groups not standing up for things like birds, which get slaughtered in wind turbines. People don’t know that the industry got an exception for the American Bald Eagle. It’s why I dumped the Audubon Society. Or the toxic chemicals that leech into the environment from the solar crap

      BUT NO NUCLEAR!


    9. Aussie Infidel
      10 | May 13, 2019 7:20 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      This is a good thread on Chinese currency manipulation. First thing you need to know: China has TWO currencies, one used only for internal transactions, the other only for international transactions.

      https://twitter.com/adamscrabble/status/1094717028009689089

      This guy has it even more mixed up than most others.

      Just remember that as soon as a Chinese unit of currency crosses a border it’s called a Renminbi (RMB). Like US Federal dollar exchange units. The word Yuan means a unit of exchange and Yuan are used internally inside China on a daily basis as their basic unit of exchange. ONLY when that Yuan unit of exchange crosses the Chinese border or is used in Hong Kong does it magically take on the persona of the Renminbi (yuan) and is traded (kinda) as an international currency.

      That way China can totally control and differentiate it’s internal currency and it’s external (trade currency). The trick however is that by having these two parallel currencies operating in tandem China gets to have its cake and eat it too. It can inflate the hell out of its internal Yuan and still have no knock on effect on its external currency the Renminbi. Quite handy when the Bank of China printing presses are churning out pieces of paper with 1 Yuan printed on it to pay the workers, whilst a separate set of books show the Renminbi totally unaffected. The final ‘kicker’ is that China can pretend that 1 (internal ) Yuan = 1 Renminbi. This equivalence is a total fraud and everyone knows it. This is TOTAL CURRENCY MANIPULATION writer all over it.

      Then you have a separate system that some Western banks maintain where even Yuan (internal currency of China) can be used in international trade. There is a bit of timing and market danger involved in western countries getting stuck with virtually untradable Yuan) The way it works is that major Western banks set up a Yuan bater system where Western companies sell goods and services to Chinese companies for currency denominated in Yuan (internal) currency. There Yuan accounts are kept separate from all other transactions and can only be used to BUY Chinese goods denominated in Yuan (internal currency).

      The Western manufacturer SELLS his goods to China and the Yuan (internal currency) turns up in the Western Banks’ special Yuan account. The various Western banks then run a bater system where Yuan are sold to Western companies keen to BUY Chinese goods denominated in Yuan ( internal currency). There is a degree of risk that between the time the Yuan arrive in the Western banks accounts and when they are sold to Western companies to pay for Chinese goods also denominated in Yuan (internal currency) that the Yuan / International currency might change. The risks are minimal as the bater timings are not more than a few days at most and unless there is a MAJOR international incident the rates stay reasonably stable.

      I run one of these Yuan Accounts in a major Western bank so I know.

      The advantage is that those Chinese companies with little exposure to international trade or those domestic Chinese companies who do NOT have the clout to get easy access to


    10. Aussie Infidel
      11 | May 13, 2019 7:21 pm

      Renminbi (RMB) … can still do business with the Rest.

      🙂

      Hope that that explains things a bit better than ‘Adam’ who got most of it wrong!

      🙂


    11. eaglesoars
      12 | May 13, 2019 7:28 pm

      Aussie Infidel wrote:

      Hope that that explains things a bit better than ‘Adam’ who got most of it wrong!

      actually I thought you both said the same thing


    12. eaglesoars
      13 | May 13, 2019 7:35 pm

      This is a picture of the damage done to the Norwegian ship. Could someone else look and tell what you think may have been used to inflict this particular whatever it is. It doesn’t look like it was an explosive to me.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7021721/Four-ships-sabotaged-coast-UAE-amid-fears-Iran-targeting-supporting-vessels.html


    13. Aussie Infidel
      14 | May 13, 2019 7:39 pm

      @ eaglesoars:
      Freezing my arse off down here at the beach. We had a clan get to gather over a loooong weekend (Friday through Monday). Everyone except Clare the wife of #1 son Ben from Melbourne and baby Sophia made it. She found that she had lost her passport when she arrived at the airport, so Ben brought Chloe (4) and came over alone. Poor Clare was upset to have missed the clan but we will do a redo at Christmas. 7 adults and a 4 year old plus 2 six months olds in a 3 bedroom house was pushing it anyway!

      Great weekend. So here is sit as my better half with Ben and chloe have gone exploring to the surf side of the Coromandel Peninsula. Think I will light a fire!

      🙂


    14. eaglesoars
      15 | May 13, 2019 8:03 pm

      CHLOE IS 4??!!

      oh no way – already?


    15. Aussie Infidel
      16 | May 13, 2019 8:04 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      This is a picture of the damage done to the Norwegian ship. Could someone else look and tell what you think may have been used to inflict this particular whatever it is. It doesn’t look like it was an explosive to me.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7021721/Four-ships-sabotaged-coast-UAE-amid-fears-Iran-targeting-supporting-vessels.html

      Pretty minimal damage. Can’t have been much more that 100 pounds of explosive and mostly above the waterline by the look of the damage. That suggests a harassment attack with the target the steering gear rather than an oil storage hold that would cause a major pollution and clean-up problem for everyone including Iran.

      Bandar Abbas Iran’s ‘Choke point’ naval base in the Straits of Homouz is well within a small unmanned surface craft. Poking the tiger for home consumption as there are reports of civil unrest in Iranian cities.

      There is also the possibility that it is a false flag attack by the Saudis to keep the US engages in the proxy war between Iran and Saudi.

      Who knows from this distance?

      🙂


    16. Aussie Infidel
      17 | May 13, 2019 8:07 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      CHLOE IS 4??!!

      oh no way – already?

      Yup.

      24 of April she is a big girl now. spent her morning fossicking with her aunt BiBi for shells and strange rocks and looking at an archeological fishing site with her favourite aunt Bridget (BiBi) who is an archeologist.

      🙂


    17. eaglesoars
      18 | May 13, 2019 8:41 pm

      Aussie Infidel wrote:

      There is also the possibility that it is a false flag attack by the Saudis to keep the US engages in the proxy war between Iran and Saudi.

      doubt it.

      Mia, aka Psycho Puppy, took out the screen in my bathroom window. I had to take Willow to the vet and Hubby couldn’t control her. She was furious that I left with Willow and she got left behind. Her favorite perch is the ottoman in my bathroom she lays on to look outside. I’d shut the bedroom door but she blew thru that and tried to get out the window (I leave it open a few inches so she can smell). 2nd floor. The screen was on the front walk. We just finished putting it back in. Undamaged for some reason. Duct tape maybe. For the dog.


    18. eaglesoars
      19 | May 13, 2019 8:49 pm

      How long is this going to take? Am I going to be around to see people actually go to jail? Hurry up already

      Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful.

      John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the F.B.I.’s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of C.I.A. abuses of detainees.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/us/politics/russia-investigation-justice-department-review.html


    19. eaglesoars
      20 | May 13, 2019 10:36 pm

      The wiki entry on Durham is impressive

      Amid allegations that FBI informants James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi had corrupted their handlers, US Attorney General Janet Reno named Durham special prosecutor in 1999. He oversaw a task force of FBI agents brought in from other offices to investigate the Boston office’s handling of informants.[7]

      In December 2000, Durham revealed secret FBI documents that convinced a judge to vacate the 1968 murder convictions of Enrico Tameleo, Joseph Salvati, Peter J. Limone and Louis Greco because they had been framed by the agency. In 2007, the documents helped Salvati, Limone, and the families of the two other men who had died in prison win a US$101.7 million civil judgment against the government.[7]

      In 2002, Durham helped secure the conviction of retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on federal racketeering charges for protecting Bulger and Flemmi from prosecution and warning Bulger to flee just before the gangster’s 1995 indictment.[7]

      Durham’s task force also gathered evidence against retired FBI agent H. Paul Rico who was indicted in Oklahoma on state charges that he helped Bulger and Flemmi kill a Tulsa businessman in 1981. Rico died in 2004 before the case went to trial.[7]

      Durham also led a series of high-profile prosecutions in Connecticut against the New England Mafia and corrupt politicians, including former governor John G. Rowland.[7]

      In 2008, John Durham was appointed by then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate the destruction of CIA videotapes of detainee interrogations.[8][9][10] On November 8, 2010, Durham closed the investigation without recommending any criminal charges be filed.[11] Durham’s final report remains secret but was the subject of an unsuccessful lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act filed by The New York Times reporter Charlie Savage.[12]

      In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Durham to lead the Justice Department’s investigation of the legality of CIA’s use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques”.[13]

      In September 2009, University of Toledo law professor Benjamin G. Davis attended a conference where former officials of the Bush administration had told conferences participants shocking stories, and accounts of illegality on the part of more senior Bush officials.[14] Davis wrote an appeal to former Bush officials to take their accounts of illegality directly to Durham. In November 2011, Durham was included on The New Republic’s list of Washington’s most powerful, least famous people.[15] On May 13th 2019 he was appointed by AG Bill Barr to look into the orgins of the Russia Probe

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Durham_(lawyer)


    20. eaglesoars
      21 | May 13, 2019 11:15 pm

      It seems Durham is also the person investigating Baker for leaks. So, he didn’t just all of a sudden show up. He’s been working for awhile.

      But that’s not the important stuff. This is the important stuff.

      The Navy’s probe into sky penis

      Remember when those 2 navy pilots ‘drew’ penises in the sky? Yeah.

      The Navy Times got the cockpit video/audio.

      https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/05/14/the-navys-probe-into-sky-penis/


    21. coldwarrior
      22 | May 14, 2019 6:04 am

      @ Aussie Infidel:
      I didn’t know that. THX!


    22. coldwarrior
      23 | May 14, 2019 6:08 am

      Global warming….43f…its mid-May


    23. rain of lead
      25 | May 14, 2019 6:36 am

      @ coldwarrior:

      morning y’all
      it’s 44 here in mid-tenn this am

      this is climate change i can support


    24. coldwarrior
      26 | May 14, 2019 7:20 am

      https://vortex.plymouth.edu/mapwall/sfc/na/us/usahitemps.001.png

      the 0700 map is absurd.


    25. coldwarrior
      27 | May 14, 2019 7:21 am

      ita in the 40’s from vegas to hotlanta


    26. 28 | May 14, 2019 7:25 am

      @ coldwarrior:
      One of our Great Lake harbours was finally opened by Ice Breakers at the end of last month. A whole month later then they usually are. Local Enviromental reporter of course blamed climate change.


    27. coldwarrior
      29 | May 14, 2019 7:34 am

      @ PaladinPhil:
      we are headed for an ice age.

      that thermonuclear reactor a few light minutes away MIGHT be the issue…

      https://www.blogmocracy.com/2015/02/18/its-the-sun-stupid/


    28. lobo91
      31 | May 14, 2019 9:25 am

      Thoughts from a hipster coffee shop…

      I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.

      Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.”

      Never saw American prosperity. Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Now, I’m not attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s words to outright dishonesty. I do think she whole-heartedly believes the words she said to be true. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress.

      Let me lay down some universal truths really quick. The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history. Not only that but our citizenry continually breaks world records with charitable donations, the rags to riches story is not only possible in America but not uncommon, we have the strongest purchasing power on earth, and we encompass 25% of the world’s GDP. The list goes on. However, these universal truths don’t matter. We are told that income inequality is an existential crisis (even though this is not an indicator of prosperity, some of the poorest countries in the world have low-income inequality), we are told that we are oppressed by capitalism (even though it’s brought about more freedom and wealth to the most people than any other system in world history), we are told that the only way we will acquire the benefits of true prosperity is through socialism and centralization of federal power (even though history has proven time and again this only brings tyranny and suffering).

      Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Why? The answer is this, my generation has ONLY seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn’t live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don’t know what it’s like not to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We don’t have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague.

      With the current political climate giving rise to the misguided idea of a socialist utopia, will we see the light? Or will we have to lose it all to realize that what we have now is true prosperity? Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve.

      My generation is becoming the largest voting bloc in the country. We have an opportunity to continue to propel us forward with the gifts capitalism and democracy has given us. The other option is that we can fall into the trap of entitlement and relapse into restrictive socialist destitution. The choice doesn’t seem too hard, does it?


    29. eaglesoars
      32 | May 14, 2019 9:49 am

      @ lobo91:

      There was a thread on Daily Mail yesterday where European Trump haters were telling American Trump supporters that he won’t be re-elected because real soon we’re going to realize how badly our economy sucks and how weak it really is.

      That’s not wishful thinking on their part, they actually believe it


    30. 33 | May 14, 2019 10:37 am

      @ lobo91:
      A-bloody-men


    31. 34 | May 14, 2019 10:52 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      Personally, I’d like to see that probe “expanded”, shall we say, to include Mueller’s handling of the special counsel investigation. From what I understand, when he started, he asked for the “file” showing what Comey had so far on the collusion angle, and the folder was empty. I’d like to know WHEN Mueller knew that there was no collusion with the Trump campaign and why he conducted any further investigation once that had been established.

      I would also want to question Mueller on his hiring of the ethically challenged Andrew Weissman, especially in light of his conduct in the Arthur Andersen case, and the fact that he was a hyper partisan to Hillary Clinton. I also would like to know why he employed and consulted with Christopher Steele, whose Dossier was a complete fabrication.

      The facts coming out about Mueller’s handling of this is no doubt frames part of his reluctance to testify before the House.


    32. eaglesoars
      35 | May 14, 2019 11:02 am

      @ The Barbarian:

      Durham and Mueller go back a bit. It was Mueller who actively kept 4 innocent men in jail, it was Durham who thwarted him.

      I would have a hard time believing this isn’t a shot across Mueller’s bow.


    33. eaglesoars
      36 | May 14, 2019 11:08 am

      I am trying to understand why these attacks are deliberately ineffective. They do no real damage, they’re just annoying

      Dubai: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said on Tuesday that two oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been hit by explosive-laden drones, calling the attack “an act of terrorism” that targeted global oil supplies.

      Falih condemned the attacks in a statment saying: “The latest acts of terrorism and sabotage in the Arabian Gulf… not only target the Kingdom but also the security of oil supplies to the world and the global economy.”

      “These attacks prove again that it is important for us to face terrorist entities, including the Houthi militias in Yemen that are backed by Iran,” he said.

      Falih said Saudi oil output and exports for crude and refined products were continuing without disruption, but that the state oil giant Aramco had halted oil pumping in the pipeline while the damage was evaluated and the stations were repaired, according to a statement carried by the state news agency SPA.

      https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/saudi-arabia-oil-stations-attacked-by-drones-1.63934993


    34. eaglesoars
      37 | May 14, 2019 11:15 am

      @ The Barbarian:

      and where the hell is Huber? Toensing thinks he’s been a complete head fake.


    35. 38 | May 14, 2019 11:21 am

      eaglesoars wrote:

      @ The Barbarian:

      Durham and Mueller go back a bit. It was Mueller who actively kept 4 innocent men in jail, it was Durham who thwarted him.

      I would have a hard time believing this isn’t a shot across Mueller’s bow.

      Abso-effing-lutely it is. And Barr was on the mark to appoint him. He needed someone who would not flinch at exposing corruption and wrongdoing in the ranks of the DOJ/FBI. It would not surprise me in the least if he asked his staff to get him the name of the U.S. Attorney who exposed the jailing of those four innocent men, as he knew this was the man for the job.

      I think if I were Clinton, Obama, Lynch, et al., I’d be getting very very nervous right at this point. While I don’t think there will be media leaks from this Counsel’s office, I’m sure partisans in the DOJ will be letting the Obama folks know where the investigation is going. So we’ll know if he’s getting close to the previous administration, I think, by subtle questioning in the MSM of Durham’s abilities and character. Also the Democrats will start making snide remarks. I hope Dunham’s is very very selective on who he chooses for his team.


    36. eaglesoars
      39 | May 14, 2019 11:32 am

      The Barbarian wrote:

      I think if I were Clinton, Obama, Lynch, et al., I’d be getting very very nervous right at this point

      ARE YOU KIDDING ME? They are going to be killing each other fighting over law firms to rep them. I mean how many people can go to Perkins Coie before the conflicts are overwhelming. This is going to be brutal.

      Durham has been on this for awhile, as he’s been investigating the Baker leaks, so I suspect his team is already in place. The Barr announcement is, I suspect, after the fact.

      I’m betting Comey is looking at his gun with fond affection. He’s the type who could pull a Ft Marcy Park gig.


    37. 40 | May 14, 2019 11:55 am

      eaglesoars wrote:

      The Barbarian wrote:

      I think if I were Clinton, Obama, Lynch, et al., I’d be getting very very nervous right at this point

      ARE YOU KIDDING ME? They are going to be killing each other fighting over law firms to rep them. I mean how many people can go to Perkins Coie before the conflicts are overwhelming. This is going to be brutal.

      Durham has been on this for awhile, as he’s been investigating the Baker leaks, so I suspect his team is already in place. The Barr announcement is, I suspect, after the fact.

      I’m betting Comey is looking at his gun with fond affection. He’s the type who could pull a Ft Marcy Park gig.

      How soon do you think the line will form to play “Let’s Make a Deal”?

      And the real problem here is that if the rumors are correct, Lisa Page has been singing like an effing canary for some time now. I think they’ll be able to get all the information they want from underlings with respect to the higher-ups.

      Oh, and really, watching the Rosenweasel Redemption Roundup is getting to be a little too much for me. Now, of course, he’s making speeches saying Comey absolutely deserved to be fired. Well, you wrote the memo about it, didn’t you, Slick. And THEN you appointed that partisan piece of crap Mueller to spearhead this two-year national nightmare. And your BASIS for it was Trump firing Comey, as I recall, which was the plan all along, because first you clowns had to find a reason for Sessions to recuse himself.

      I imagine Rosenweasel’s already on the phone to Durham.


    38. 41 | May 14, 2019 12:04 pm

      @ coldwarrior:
      Checking the “local” news and this story popped up about local farmers not being able to get stuff planted just yet.
      https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/mother-nature-refusing-to-cooperate-for-local-farms-1.4420458


    39. eaglesoars
      42 | May 14, 2019 12:05 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      Rosenweasel’s

      I CANNOT figure that guy out. As I understand it, he was a superb AG in Maryland.

      I THINK he’s going to turn out to have been a white hat.

      But he signed at least one FISA warrant and that’s troubling.


    40. eaglesoars
      43 | May 14, 2019 1:02 pm

      ugh

      After 16 years and billions of dollars, the Navy may have finally acknowledged that its Littoral Combat Ship program looks like a miserable failure.

      The service “may not” deploy any of the dozen small surface combatants this year despite officials’ previous plans to deploy several to join the 7th and 5th Fleets in Singapore and Bahrain respectively, the U.S. Naval Institute first reported on April 11.
      []
      “Neither LCS variant is survivable in high-intensity combat,” according to the DoD report.

      who gets busted for this farce?

      https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/maybe-navy-secretly-hates-littoral-combat-ship-57017


    41. 44 | May 14, 2019 1:53 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      I think you’re right and that he’ll end up being a white hat NOW, perhaps. But I do not understand why he thought appointing someone with as sketchy a past as Mueller to investigate this issue was a good idea. First of all, there was a discernible conflict, as Comey had been his underling and by all accounts they were friends, and it was supposedly Comey’s FIRING that was serving as the impetus for the appointment.

      It would be SOOOO sweet if anything that comes out of this new investigation led to Andrew Weissman’s disbarment, but we can’t get everything on our Holiday Wish-List, can we?


    42. RIX
      45 | May 14, 2019 2:03 pm

      https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2019/05/14/boo-and-yah-trey-gowdy-drops-a-whole-lotta-steele-dossier-truth-on-john-brennan-and-james-comey-and-its-brutal-watch/
      @ Twitchy
      Trey Gowdy says the key to the FISA abuse investigation is communications between Comey and Brennan.
      Things can get real interesting.


    43. eaglesoars
      46 | May 14, 2019 2:47 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      but we can’t get everything on our Holiday Wish-List, can we?

      we won’t if we don’t stomp our feet and pitch a fit.

      listening to Rush?

      a nephew of one of the 4 innocent men Mueller kept in prison to protect the FBI just dropped a nice factoid. These guys were wrongly convicted of murder at a time when Mass. had the death penalty. Had it not been for the fact that Mass. got rid of the death penalty, Mueller would have sent innocent men to the chair.


    44. eaglesoars
      47 | May 14, 2019 2:48 pm

      RIX wrote:

      Things can get real interesting.

      oh yeah, ever heard of ‘bleach bit’? That stuff is gone.


    45. eaglesoars
      48 | May 14, 2019 2:57 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      Mueller would have sent innocent men to the chair.

      I think there’s an attempted murder charge in there. Or at least conspiracy to commit.


    46. coldwarrior
      49 | May 14, 2019 3:30 pm

      @ PaladinPhil:
      Ours are swamped too. Can yet the gear in to plant


    47. coldwarrior
      50 | May 14, 2019 4:28 pm

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12230974

      because, sweetie, you are a subject. not a citizen.


    48. yenta-fada
      51 | May 14, 2019 4:51 pm

      @ The Barbarian:
      @ eaglesoars:

      There has to be panic behind the scenes among people who would gladly start a war to get media and public attention away from themselves. It was standard operating procedure during the obambi administration.
      You are dealing with a class of people entirely wedded to their money, power, and entitlements. They are part of the international anti human agenda.

      Hopefully they will fling each other to the wolves. It would save a lot of time. There has to be a reason documents have not been de-classified. The evidence against criminals known and unknown has to be air tight. Politicians and intelligence agencies rely on serial liars. Bad actors like Debbie Wasserman Schultz have had plenty of time to shred and burn documents and emails.

      Jarrett, Rice, obambi, Holder, Clintons, etc. can still do a lot of damage. Trump cannot want war, especially with gaping holes left in Defense, FBI, CIA, etc. Conservatives are under attack by facebook, google, twitter, and youtube. The comments on this thread are a rare result of constant digging for facts and people with long memories with a penchant for accuracy. Thanks!

      p.s. Where’s Ruth Bader G.?


    49. 52 | May 14, 2019 5:16 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      The Notorious RBG is holding onto her seat for dear life, hoping Trump isn’t reelected in 2020 and she can finally resign. However, at some point, if you are not attending oral arguments (and therefore cannot participate in conference for decision) on a regular basis, you are no longer serving as a justice. There are to be 9 justices and if 9 are currently on the court, 9 should be participating. Ginsburg knows this. If she cannot fulfill her duties, she needs to be removed.


    50. eaglesoars
      53 | May 14, 2019 5:25 pm

      yenta-fada wrote:

      Trump cannot want war,

      I was – am – wondering why those pansy-ass Iranian attacks are so – well – pansy ass. I mean, why bother?

      Then a penny dropped

      Marco Rubio wants to talk to John Kerry. He wants to know what his conversations with the Iranians are all about. Not that Kerry would ever tell him, but it would be instructive to get his ass in front of a committee and ask him what he was – um – suggesting.

      The Iranians aren’t stupid enough to want war. But the global elites would LOVE for Trump to focus on anything but the foundations of their power structure.


    51. yenta-fada
      54 | May 14, 2019 5:35 pm

      @ The Barbarian:

      Thank you. The Dems are starting to be exposed, but is their scorpion nature to lie and deny. So getting new appointments should be fun. That insane Hirono creature from HI went after Barr several days ago
      with such vicious accusations that Graham called it defamation. No conscience, no remorse from the (ultra)Left or the RINO faction.


    52. yenta-fada
      55 | May 14, 2019 5:42 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Oh yeah, Kerry, Barry, and Valjar are deep into Iran. I read lots of allegations that an entire plane load of U.S. money went to Iran before obambi left office. Pansy ass is an excellent description of
      attempts to let the tail wag the dog on Iran.


    53. 56 | May 14, 2019 5:43 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      Smart money says Amy Comey Barrett is on deck for RBG’s seat. From what I understand, she’s solid. But the Democrats will be merciless to her. She’s of stern stuff.


    54. eaglesoars
      57 | May 14, 2019 5:43 pm

      Operation Inherent Resolve’s 2nd in command is a Brit. He just said something to the effect that there’s no credible threat from Iran, so I think he’ll be reassigned soon. CentCom is pissed.

      “Recent comments from OIR’s Deputy Commander run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from U.S. and allies…”

      The guy’s name might be Rupert Jones but he could have been swapped out by now. Anyway, they probably just call him “that asshole”


    55. yenta-fada
      59 | May 14, 2019 5:50 pm

      coldwarrior wrote:

      @ PaladinPhil:
      Ours are swamped too. Can yet the gear in to plant

      You probably won’t have space left over when you do your addition, but a greenhouse would be good. A friend of mine left the city, moved to a small town, and had 3 small greenhouses built on the property. Always has more fresh veg & spices than she needs.


    56. yenta-fada
      60 | May 14, 2019 5:52 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      @ yenta-fada:

      Smart money says Amy Comey Barrett is on deck for RBG’s seat. From what I understand, she’s solid. But the Democrats will be merciless to her. She’s of stern stuff.

      Good because personal attacks are a specialty.


    57. eaglesoars
      61 | May 14, 2019 5:56 pm

      Oh yeah, sure, lemme dig between the sofa cushions for some spare change

      Crowdstrike is going public. Their SEC filing says, and I kid you not

      We have a history of losses and may not be able to achieve or sustain profitability in the future. We have incurred net losses in all periods since our inception, and we may not achieve or maintain profitability in the future. We experienced net losses of $91.3 million, $135.5 million

      https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1535527/000104746919003095/a2238800zs-1.htm#da10701_risk_factors


    58. yenta-fada
      62 | May 14, 2019 5:58 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      @ eaglesoars:

      https://twitter.com/paulmcleary/status/1128402096804507652

      Exactly. Can’t have high ranking military weighing in on military assessments./


    59. 63 | May 14, 2019 6:09 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Personally I would like the head of CrowdStrike hauled in front of Congress and questioned about their “inspection” of the DNC server after the supposed “hack”.

      They claimed the “Russians hacked” the DNC server, but a recent interview with the NSA tech guru says that the data was transferred at too fast a rate for it to have been done via hacking – that the speeds were indicative of transfer of data directly from the computer onto other media (thumb drive or CD), meaning it was an inside job. And if it was an inside job, if CrowdStrike were any good, they’d also know who did it.

      And Assange has maintained from jump street that he did NOT get it from the Russians, and has broadly hinted that it was an “inside” job.


    60. eaglesoars
      64 | May 14, 2019 6:21 pm

      @ The Barbarian:

      REad Donna Brazille’s book. She doesn’t know jack about computers so she didn’t know she was giving the game away

      when Crowdstrike came in they told her the computers had to stay on all the time otherwise they’d lose everything in memory.

      Crowdstrike IS the inside job


    61. yenta-fada
      65 | May 14, 2019 7:02 pm

      Clapper still ducking and jiving.

      “We’re kinda losing sight of what was the cause of all this, the predicate for all this, was the Russians and the dozens of occasions where Russian operatives tried to engage with the Trump campaign…

      The Russians were attacking the US election system on a rather massive scale through social media, through RT…”

      “That was a profound threat to our entire election system and still is. People should pay more attention to Volume 1 of the Mueller Report and what the Russians did… we are losing sight of that.”

      (That’s from Sara Carter & posted at zerohedge.)


    62. eaglesoars
      66 | May 14, 2019 7:09 pm

      yenta-fada wrote:

      the dozens of occasions where Russian operatives tried to engage with the Trump campaign…

      every Russian that tried to engage with Trump’s campaign has a link to Fusion GPS

      The social media ‘attacks’ consisted of 1600 posts on FB that no one ever saw. RT is a known arm of Putin, so what?

      What we won’t lose sight of is the complete and utter corruption of our intel svc. On your watch Clapper, go buy some Depends


    63. 67 | May 14, 2019 7:24 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      And didn’t someone point out that most of those email “ads” the Russians purchased were AFTER the election???

      I’m now listening to Rush’s podcast. I swear he’s making me look like a plagiarist. He’s talking about the data transfer rate.


    64. eaglesoars
      68 | May 14, 2019 7:49 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      And didn’t someone point out that most of those email “ads” the Russians purchased were AFTER the election???

      yep

      I see Ron DeSantis is saying the Russians corrupted a voter database in Florida. I’m thinking, “how do they know that”. A database gets mauled, ok, but why do they think Russians did it? I’m no expert on cyber fraud, but…it’s easy to make something look like something else.


    65. lobo91
      69 | May 14, 2019 7:51 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      “We’re kinda losing sight of what was the cause of all this, the predicate for all this, was the Russians and the dozens of occasions where Russian operatives tried to engage with the Trump campaign…

      The Russians were attacking the US election system on a rather massive scale through social media, through RT…”

      Okay, fine. Let’s say that’s true, for the sake of argument.

      Doesn’t that imply that the investigation should be focused on them, rather than on Trump?


    66. lobo91
      70 | May 14, 2019 7:54 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      I see Ron DeSantis is saying the Russians corrupted a voter database in Florida. I’m thinking, “how do they know that”. A database gets mauled, ok, but why do they think Russians did it? I’m no expert on cyber fraud, but…it’s easy to make something look like something else.

      I’ve heard more than one person who is an expert opine that the fact that there’s evidence that the Russians were behind it pretty much proves that they weren’t, because there would be no such evidence if they had been.


    67. lobo91
      71 | May 14, 2019 7:56 pm

      Ocasio-Cortez Apocalyptic Rant: Last Time Levels Were This High “Bacteria And Diseases We Have Never Seen Before Roamed The Earth.”

      I’ve never heard of any sort of bacteria or “disease” that gives a damn what the atmospheric CO2 level is. Most of them can’t survive in the open, anyway.


    68. eaglesoars
      72 | May 14, 2019 8:09 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      because there would be no such evidence if they had been.

      yeah. Even back in my telecom days you could make a call using a proxy and it could be a nightmare to track it even over routers that were primitive compared to what we have now. I had to help the FBI with some stuff a couple times and spent WEEKS playing with traffic data. It can get ugly. (And before you ask, the FBI never told me anything but a bunch of phone numbers and some dates, so I never knew anything about nuthin)


    69. eaglesoars
      73 | May 14, 2019 8:12 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      Ocasio-Cortez Apocalyptic Rant: Last Time Levels Were This High “Bacteria And Diseases We Have Never Seen Before Roamed The Earth.”

      I’ve never heard of any sort of bacteria or “disease” that gives a damn what the atmospheric CO2 level is. Most of them can’t survive in the open, anyway.

      I’ll bet if you ask her what ‘anaerobic’ is she’d tell you all about an aerobic yoga position.


    70. lobo91
      74 | May 14, 2019 8:15 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      “Neither LCS variant is survivable in high-intensity combat,” according to the DoD report.

      In fairness to the LCS design, it wasn’t meant to be in a high-intensity combat environment in the first place. It’s meant to operate in places like off the coast of Somalia, hunting pirates, not operating with a carrier battle group. It brings nothing to the party.


    71. yenta-fada
      75 | May 14, 2019 8:23 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      @ yenta-fada:

      “We’re kinda losing sight of what was the cause of all this, the predicate for all this, was the Russians and the dozens of occasions where Russian operatives tried to engage with the Trump campaign…

      The Russians were attacking the US election system on a rather massive scale through social media, through RT…”

      Okay, fine. Let’s say that’s true, for the sake of argument.

      Doesn’t that imply that the investigation should be focused on them, rather than on Trump?

      If you put it that way, like it was their job and stuff, I see what you mean. The left is never accountable for its actions. Hell, Congress has been at the trough since Mark Twain wrote about it.
      Trump is at fault if your phone isn’t working or it is raining.


    72. yenta-fada
      76 | May 14, 2019 8:29 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      cause of

      “Roamed the earth”? ‘We’re ALL GONNA DIE’ could be added to a lot of her rants. Alexandria Ocasio Catastrophe strikes again.


    73. eaglesoars
      77 | May 14, 2019 8:34 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      In fairness to the LCS design, it wasn’t meant to be in a high-intensity combat environment in the first place.

      I remember when that boat first went into development because I’d never heard of it before and you explained its role to me. So I was surprised when I read that also. It looks like its mission got changed maybe? In other news, parts of our navy are completely hosed


    74. lobo91
      78 | May 14, 2019 8:35 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      Did you hear about her new claim that her earlier bit about how the world will end in 12 years was sarcasm?

      I watched the video. She was not being sarcastic, nor did her audience take it that way


    75. lobo91
      79 | May 14, 2019 8:39 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      There are plenty of legitimate concerns with the LCS ships, starting with the fact that they basically don’t seem to work very well. There’s also the question of whether or not we could have gotten more for our money with something else.

      But complaining that they won’t stand up to the latest generation of supersonic anti-ship missiles is stupid. They weren’t meant to.


    76. yenta-fada
      80 | May 14, 2019 8:42 pm

      Thank you to President Trump’s Border Services for protecting clueless Canadians, lying politicians, and the propaganda press.

      “Police north of Toronto have charged a father and son after officers found explosive materials and a detonator device at a home in Richmond Hill, Ont.

      Reza Mohammadiasl, 47, and his son Mahyar, 18, were arrested on Monday and charged with one count each of possession of an explosive device following a search of their home, located about 40 km north of Toronto.

      Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the arrests and charges are a local matter that concerns York police and there is no known connection to national security. “There is no known connection to any issue related to national security,” he said in Ottawa. “It is a local policing matter. Obviously they’ve made arrests, they’ve laid charges, and it’s up to them to comment further.”

      Border agents tipped off police

      York Regional Police said the investigation began last Thursday when they received information about a person being investigated by the United States Customs and Border Protection and the Canada Border Services Agency.”


    77. eaglesoars
      81 | May 14, 2019 9:16 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      hey, at least your guys followed up. Next time, they need to come to a sanctuary city here in the U.S.

      So. Here’s the new narrative. ‘apolitical’. As in, if we like what you’re doing, you’re totally apolitical and if we don’t you’re just a political hack.

      A federal prosecutor’s “apolitical” reputation is on the line as he helps Attorney General Barr review the origins of the Russia investigation https://cnn.it/2VICg9y

      THIS…is CNN

      https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/1128455334044024832


    78. eaglesoars
      82 | May 14, 2019 9:36 pm

      I just found out that because Durham is acting as a prosecutor and not ‘special counsel’ he can do things – like empanel grand juries.

      He’s been on this for 7 months by my calc. I’m thinking some juries are already up and running and we’re going to see indictments sooner rather than later.


    79. eaglesoars
      83 | May 14, 2019 10:14 pm

      For Yenta

      A man was telling his buddy, “You won’t believe what happened last night. My daughter walked into the living room and said, Dad, cancel my allowance immediately, forget my college tuition loan, rent my room out, throw all my clothes out the window, take my TV and my laptop. Please take any of my jewelry to the Salvation Army or Cash Converters. Then sell my car, take my front door key away, and throw me out of the house. Then disown me and never talk to me again. And don’t forget to write me out of your will and leave my share to any charity you choose.”

      “Holy Smokes,” replied the friend, “she actually said that?”

      “Well, she didn’t put it quite like that. She actually said, “Dad, meet my new boyfriend. We’re going to work together on Trudeau’s re-election Campaign.”


    80. eaglesoars
      84 | May 14, 2019 10:44 pm

      Not liking this

      It has become a cacophony across earnings reports by trucking companies and railroads: Shipment volumes are declining, and revenues are propped up by higher freight rates, but now freight rates are coming under pressure too, as companies are getting more aggressive to pick up shipments. The latest two to report were YRC Worldwide, one of the largest truckers in the US, and BNSF Railway. Before them, it was J.B. Hunt and others.

      This is summarized by the Cass Freight Index. Freight shipment volume in the US across all modes of transportation – by truck, rail, air, and barge – in April fell 3.2% compared to April last year, the fifth month in a row of year-over-year declines, and the first batch of declines since the transportation recession of 2015 and 2016

      Anyone seen Bumr50 lately? I haven’t seen him at zip’s place.

      https://wolfstreet.com/2019/05/14/trucking-and-rail-apply-brakes-as-volume-sinks/


    81. eaglesoars
      85 | May 14, 2019 10:47 pm

      and I should add that Baltic Dry is down over 18% for the year.


    82. AZfederalist
      86 | May 14, 2019 10:57 pm

      @ lobo91:

      Nailed it! Thanks for posting that


    83. AZfederalist
      87 | May 14, 2019 11:11 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      Crowdstrike is going public. Their SEC filing says, and I kid you not

      We have a history of losses and may not be able to achieve or sustain profitability in the future.

      Seems legit.

      /s


    84. AZfederalist
      88 | May 14, 2019 11:17 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      Ocasio-Cortez Apocalyptic Rant: Last Time Levels Were This High “Bacteria And Diseases We Have Never Seen Before Roamed The Earth.”

      This woman is a Junior Joe Biden for gaffes. Parse that sentence:

      “The last time CO2 levels were this high” — pointing back to a theoretical historic event. ie., something happened in the past

      “bacteria and diseases” — bad things

      “we have never seen before” — but if this happened in the past and you know about it, we then have seen them, thus this is a nonsensical statement

      “roamed the earth”

      She’s a twit


    85. 89 | May 14, 2019 11:38 pm

      @ yenta-fada:
      I have to wonder just how far we can troll her.

      Could we suggest that if government were to regulate peoples thermostats, for example making it illegal to set your homes temperature below 75° during the summer or above 65° in the winter it would do wonders to save the planet.


    86. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      90 | May 15, 2019 12:06 am

      eaglesoars wrote:

      Wow, the people tweeting in response to that are pure poison. “EEEVVVVILLL US fabricating reasons for war against peaceful innocent Iran, RRRRREEEEEEEE.”


    87. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      91 | May 15, 2019 12:07 am

      eaglesoars wrote:

      @ eaglesoars:

      https://twitter.com/paulmcleary/status/1128402096804507652

      It was in response to this. For some reason it erased my quote.


    88. 92 | May 15, 2019 12:23 am

      To all who have contributed to the GoFundMe for my sister, the donations are very much appreciated. Since there is no POA, we’re in the process of obtaining Legal Guardianship. Not fun.

      https://www.gofundme.com/f/suzanne-needs-help-after-hospitalizaion

      Any of you have advice on procuring early Social Security Payments for emergency purposes without a POA?


    89. 93 | May 15, 2019 4:20 am

      @ right_wing2:
      Don’t give them ideas.


    90. 94 | May 15, 2019 6:12 am

      @ PaladinPhil:
      I’m tempted to push them even further towards insanity to see if there’s anything that they and their backers would reject.

      We know most Americans aren’t crazy left. If we can push politicians over the edge as far as their ideas go, maybe voters will reject them.


    91. eaglesoars
      95 | May 15, 2019 8:22 am

      Bunk X wrote:

      Any of you have advice on procuring early Social Security Payments for emergency purposes without a POA?

      no. Here is my advice. You need a financial advisor and you don’t need a POA to get one. Don’t worry, a lot of people think that’s just for ‘rich’ people. It’s not. We started down that road when Hubby was diagnosed with melanoma.
      There can be some really sneaky tax implications in all this that you never thought of. And even if you think she doesn’t have an ‘estate’ worth the name, the state probably thinks otherwise.

      If you don’t know someone, start with a bank. Yours or hers. Almost all of them have something like a ‘wealth management’ group. Yes, you need to have a threshold of assets for them to work with you, but if you don’t they may be able to help you find someone who will. If that is a dead end, email me. I MAY know someone who can help you find someone (depending on what state you live in)

      Believe me, these people can give you some real help and peace of mind. They told us about social security benefits we didn’t even know existed. It’s been an additional $900/month. And I’m not even using my own SS benefits yet, that’s just spousal stuff no one ever gets told about.

      Financial advisors usually don’t cost anything either.


    92. eaglesoars
      96 | May 15, 2019 8:25 am

      @ Bunk X:

      Also, the hospital might have a ‘social work’ kind of office that will connect you with all the gov’t benefit departments and guide you thru them. A lot of families need that when they suddenly end up with a disabled family member.


    93. eaglesoars
      98 | May 15, 2019 9:51 am

      State Dept orders all non-essential personnel out of Iraq


    94. eaglesoars
      99 | May 15, 2019 9:59 am

      eaglesoars wrote:

      State Dept orders all non-essential personnel out of Iraq

      This is being prompted by intel showing Iran moving missile/rocket ordnance close to U.S. bases in Iraq


    95. 100 | May 15, 2019 10:13 am

      right_wing2 wrote:

      @ yenta-fada:
      I have to wonder just how far we can troll her.

      Could we suggest that if government were to regulate peoples thermostats, for example making it illegal to set your homes temperature below 75° during the summer or above 65° in the winter it would do wonders to save the planet.

      California is working toward that in its fevered attempt to get everyone to put in smart meters and thermostats in their homes. Everybody hates them.


    96. 101 | May 15, 2019 10:23 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      Bunk – eagles is giving you EXCELLENT advice on this. This is precisely the same advice an attorney would give you.


    97. 102 | May 15, 2019 10:25 am

      Remember my comment yesterday that we’d know there was real trouble brewing when the MSM started attacking Durham. We didn’t have to wait long. Since Brennan and Clapper are employed by CNN, it appears they’re already trying to get their employer to form the narrative:


    98. 103 | May 15, 2019 10:25 am

      Okay, WHY are my posts showing up as boldface? Anyone know the solution?


    99. eaglesoars
      104 | May 15, 2019 10:52 am

      The Barbarian wrote:

      Okay, WHY are my posts showing up as boldface? Anyone know the solution?

      I just entered a ‘close bold’ html thingy, let’s see if it works


    100. eaglesoars
      105 | May 15, 2019 10:59 am

      nope


    101. 106 | May 15, 2019 11:03 am

      Now you’re showing up in bold.
      Gremlins in the machines…..


    102. eaglesoars
      107 | May 15, 2019 11:09 am

      yesterday I was wondering why the Iranian ship sabotage thing had been so ‘pansy-ass’. This is an interesting analysis

      Iran’s initial purpose is probably to complicate the operational problem for the U.S. coalition by tying up escort ships in some scheme to protect commercial shipping. Iran isn’t likely to go directly for a closure of the Strait of Hormuz; it will be sufficient for now to stretch coalition forces thin dealing with a host of scattered threats.

      Fujairah is an obvious place to make a statement about our vulnerability to that general method

      https://libertyunyielding.com/2019/05/13/saudis-uae-report-sabotage-of-commercial-ships-near-fujairah-port-south-of-strait-of-hormuz/


    103. eaglesoars
      108 | May 15, 2019 11:11 am

      The Barbarian wrote:

      Now you’re showing up in bold.
      Gremlins in the machines…..

      YOU started it……….

      hey, quick question. Durham has been on the Baker leaks case for about 7 months. Who put him there? Who brought him on board? Rosenstein?


    104. eaglesoars
      109 | May 15, 2019 11:23 am

      I’m seeing the beginnings of counter-narrative.

      the Iranian sabotage incidents are “the WMD in Iraq” effort of the Trump admin to distract from Orange Man Bad. Trump starts war to stop impeachment. USA always about oil (they seem to have missed the energy revolution over here)

      I’m sure more will pop up


    105. 110 | May 15, 2019 12:12 pm

      @ The Barbarian:
      I didn’t mind if there’s an overload and the need to reduce consumption. And me, 75 is cooler and 65 is warmer than I’d go. But I sure as hell don’t want a bureaucrat saying I HAVE to set my thermostat where they tell me to.


    106. 111 | May 15, 2019 12:23 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Probably Rosenstein, because we know Sessions was recused from anything having to do with Russia, and I don’t think from the time frame that Whitakker had assumed the interim role.

      Could be the Rosenstein saw the writing on the wall, knew that Trump wasn’t going to be run out of office like they thought, the evidence of what those slimes at FBI and DOJ was mounting up and leaking out and thought he’d get ahead of it. Perhaps that was the moment that Rod realized he damn well better salvage himself and put on the White Hat.


    107. eaglesoars
      112 | May 15, 2019 12:27 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      I don’t think from the time frame that Whitakker had assumed the interim role.

      you’re right, I just checked. Interim role began in Nov 2018. Had to be Rosenstein.


    108. eaglesoars
      113 | May 15, 2019 12:36 pm

      China is taking it in the nuts.

      The American government mostly ignored the 600 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and soybean futures hitting an 11-year low; but China’s central bank was forced to inject $3.5 billion into the financial system after foreign investors dumped a record $1.6 billion worth of mainland shares and its yuan currency fell to its lowest exchange rate to the dollar in four months.

      There’s more at the link. Stuff like China building factories for export that will now sit near idle, etc. Their debt problem just went to DEFCON 3.

      https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/05/trade_war_pushes_china_into_current_account_deficit_.html


    109. eaglesoars
      114 | May 15, 2019 12:47 pm

      The intel about Iranian intentions to attack US assets in Iraq comes from an Iraqi defector. A General in the IRGC, one Ali Nasir. He brought goodies with him.

      https://lidblog.com/intelligence-u-s-leave-iraq/


    110. 115 | May 15, 2019 12:50 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Also I heard on Levin’s show from a caller that worked for a furniture manufacturer. They moved their factor from China to Guatemala. And I think it was mentioned here that Vietnam is looking like a good alternative.


    111. eaglesoars
      116 | May 15, 2019 1:06 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      @ eaglesoars:

      Also I heard on Levin’s show from a caller that worked for a furniture manufacturer. They moved their factor from China to Guatemala. And I think it was mentioned here that Vietnam is looking like a good alternative.

      yeah, the supply chain configurations are going to change dramatically. And if you look at the one you just mentioned, there’s a cost savings for them in no longer needing to ship over-seas. There are huge costs involved with that such as insurance, etc., that offset any savings in labor costs.

      China has more problems than people are accounting for. They dropped their grain self-sufficiency program because of land/water pollution. Only 10% of their land is arable to begin with and there aren’t any reliable figures on how much land came out of production due to pollution but if it meant dropping that grain program it was significant. Now their pork industry is getting wiped out due to African swine flu. If the rural population finds it can’t feed itself, it will head for the cities. A migration of that size is untenable.

      China may be big, but it is VERY fragile. She can find other customers, but she’ll have to find a lot of them to make up for lost U.S. markets.


    112. eaglesoars
      117 | May 15, 2019 1:28 pm

      Can’t cut-paste so just a link. An interesting piece from a French military guy in Afghanistan on his observations of American soldiers

      If a unit was in trouble you prayed that an American took up the radio call for help.

      https://twitter.com/DaddyWarpig/status/1128609117843542017


    113. 118 | May 15, 2019 1:54 pm

      And George Papadopolous just OWNED that walking turd Brennan on Twitter:


    114. eaglesoars
      119 | May 15, 2019 2:26 pm

      @ The Barbarian:

      All these people, Brennan, Clapper, et. al., should have their assets stripped right down to their shorts and used for restitution for all the innocent people they harmed. Starting with Flynn. They won’t need them, they’ll be getting 3 hots and a cot in prison.


    115. 120 | May 15, 2019 2:33 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Flynn needs to be pardoned. NOW. What I’d really like to see are the memos, emails, etc. that led to his indictment.


    116. eaglesoars
      121 | May 15, 2019 2:36 pm

      I’m not making this up. There was just a scrawl on Fox business:

      Barr met with Pelosi and asked if she had brought her handcuffs

      /not with a barge pole


    117. eaglesoars
      122 | May 15, 2019 2:37 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      Flynn needs to be pardoned.

      When Trump is inaugurated for the 2nd time, it will be the first thing he does from the Oval

      …to God’s ears


    118. yenta-fada
      123 | May 15, 2019 5:14 pm

      @ eaglesoars:
      @ The Barbarian:

      I think that once things get rolling, we will be pleasantly surprised
      how quickly the pace picks up. That taunt from Papadop is a big shot across the bow. He turned over the money and info on the sting they tried on him very early to the FBI. (I have no idea of the timeline but it will come out) NOBODY except Donald Trump could be pulling this stuff together so skillfully. This makes Watergate look like a broken fingernail. You have to wonder how high up they can go. Bring us the whales!


    119. eaglesoars
      124 | May 15, 2019 5:23 pm

      yenta-fada wrote:

      He turned over the money and info on the sting they tried on him very early to the FBI.

      no he didn’t. He turned the money over to his lawyer and his lawyer still has it. Pap knew the FBI tried to set him up and he gave them jack except his lawyer’s cell phone number.


    120. yenta-fada
      125 | May 15, 2019 5:23 pm

      This blog is bold. Even bolder than usual.


    121. yenta-fada
      126 | May 15, 2019 6:06 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Oh yes. I just remembered that he wasn’t about to get himself into a trap. It was a clumsy approach I guess.


    122. 127 | May 15, 2019 7:26 pm

      @ eaglesoars:
      @ yenta-fada:

      Watching these clowns turn on each other now is absolutely hilarious. And I don’t think either the FBI/Durham team need their testimony or evidence. My guess? Lisa Page has the 4-1-1 and has been giving it to them. In addition, Rosenstein still being employed at DOJ probably helped him out.

      And we’re also forgetting Rice, Powers and Lynch in this whole equation. And this time I think Clinton gets caught. I think Obama will skate. However, I think this whole thing has put the nail in any thoughts the Obamas and Jarrett may have had of Michelle showing up at the last minute to declare herself a candidate. Even without indictment or investigation, they’ll be tainted goods, especially if it’s broadly “hinted” that Obama was hip deep in all of this.


    123. rain of lead
      128 | May 15, 2019 7:28 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      {{{yenta}}}


    124. rain of lead
      129 | May 15, 2019 7:28 pm

      @ rain of lead:

      and the links are broken in the top post


    125. rain of lead
      130 | May 15, 2019 7:35 pm

      Talking Kitty Cat – Sylvester Goes To Rehab
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjFOYCOgdaY


    126. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      131 | May 15, 2019 7:46 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      @ eaglesoars:
      @ yenta-fada:

      Watching these clowns turn on each other now is absolutely hilarious. And I don’t think either the FBI/Durham team need their testimony or evidence. My guess? Lisa Page has the 4-1-1 and has been giving it to them. In addition, Rosenstein still being employed at DOJ probably helped him out.

      And we’re also forgetting Rice, Powers and Lynch in this whole equation. And this time I think Clinton gets caught. I think Obama will skate. However, I think this whole thing has put the nail in any thoughts the Obamas and Jarrett may have had of Michelle showing up at the last minute to declare herself a candidate. Even without indictment or investigation, they’ll be tainted goods, especially if it’s broadly “hinted” that Obama was hip deep in all of this.

      It would be nice if it taints the whole Obama admin. That way gropin’ joe can drop out of the race and just go away.


    127. lobo91
      132 | May 15, 2019 7:55 pm

      I fixed the bold thing


    128. eaglesoars
      133 | May 15, 2019 7:55 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      I think Obama will skate.

      I’m not so sure. He may still be liable in civil suits. I’m not sure what kind of immunity being POTUS confers.

      In any event, his name is no longer worth the powder to blow it to hell. His little Org for America is going to be subsumed in the backlash, speaking gigs are going to dry up and he, Mooch and ValJar can spend time with Calypso Louie and Rev Wright – if they’ll have him, cuz, ya know, he’s ‘blended’ or, as my black friends say ‘high yellow’.


    129. eaglesoars
      134 | May 15, 2019 8:01 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      I fixed the bold thing

      what was it?


    130. lobo91
      135 | May 15, 2019 8:10 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      An extra bold tag in Barbarian’s post


    131. eaglesoars
      136 | May 15, 2019 8:18 pm

      @ lobo91:

      oh. I tried to close it, I guess I needed another one.


    132. eaglesoars
      137 | May 15, 2019 8:55 pm

      This is excellent!

      Trump issues full pardon to Conrad Black

      https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/trump-issues-full-pardon-to-conrad-black-1.4424348#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=CDBlWNb

      Talk about prosecutorial misconduct.


    133. yenta-fada
      138 | May 15, 2019 9:18 pm

      Lindsey Graham proposes legislation for the crisis on the Southern Border. Long, from FOX.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zP3d1q8zcw


    134. yenta-fada
      139 | May 15, 2019 9:38 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Hubby understands the whole Lord Black story. I just know fragments. He should never been tossed into a U.S. prison. He’s a brilliant man and hubby actually reads his biographies of famous politicians. He fought long and hard to become a British Lord. Former PM Jean Chretien wanted to strip him of his Canadian citizenship for doing so.


    135. eaglesoars
      140 | May 15, 2019 9:39 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      I have no idea where he’ll get 500 judges


    136. eaglesoars
      141 | May 15, 2019 9:58 pm

      BOOM

      NINTH CIRCUIT- Hark the sound! Cocaine Mitch has secured the confirmation of Kenneth Lee, Trump’s 5th judge on the NINTH CIRCUIT. He replaces Stephen Reinhardt, an extreme liberal that tried to strike down the pledge of allegiance #MAGA

      https://twitter.com/ABPatriotWriter/status/1128793875345133568

      Done. 5 out of 9.

      Your turn, Ruthie.

      yenta-fada wrote:

      @ eaglesoars:

      Hubby understands the whole Lord Black story. I just know fragments. He should never been tossed into a U.S. prison. He’s a brilliant man and hubby actually reads his biographies of famous politicians. He fought long and hard to become a British Lord. Former PM Jean Chretien wanted to strip him of his Canadian citizenship for doing so.

      Chretian was a punk. I have some vague memory of reading about Black’s office being raided. It made Roger Stone’s nightmare look tame.

      This is not going to go down well in some circles as I believe Black and Trump were partners in some business ventures. Suck it.

      I don’t know if it would fly or if he’d have the stomach for it, but it would be fun if he ran against Turdeau


    137. eaglesoars
      142 | May 15, 2019 10:17 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      Done. 5 out of 9.

      man was I off. There are 29.


    138. lobo91
      143 | May 15, 2019 10:20 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Done. 5 out of 9.

      There are 29 judges on the 9th Circuit, not 9


    139. eaglesoars
      144 | May 15, 2019 10:25 pm

      @ lobo91:

      yeah, I caught that. I totally misread my source and then when I thought about it, thought “that can’t be right”, so re-checked.

      I’m talking to the editor of the Chinese-English edition of the Global Times. I’ve asked for clarification, but right now the whole thing sounds like a face-saving snit.


    140. Possum
      145 | May 15, 2019 11:31 pm

      Great news. Got offered a job in Pennsylvania.


    141. Possum
      146 | May 15, 2019 11:39 pm

      Possum wrote:

      Great news. Got offered a job in Pennsylvania.

      Wherever the fuck that is…

      Sounds like it may be near Transylvania and that is where vampires live.

      I hate bats…


    142. coldwarrior
      147 | May 16, 2019 12:32 am

      Sorry I’ve been out…I had three night shifts in a row with a broken molar. Oral surgeon yanked it and prepped for an implant this AM. I stopped on the drive home.

      Pain meds, a little tequila…

      That was a 72 hour study in pain.


    143. coldwarrior
      148 | May 16, 2019 12:32 am

      Possum wrote:

      Great news. Got offered a job in Pennsylvania.

      What town


    144. Possum
      149 | May 16, 2019 12:41 am

      @ coldwarrior:
      remote job.


    145. coldwarrior
      150 | May 16, 2019 12:43 am

      @ Possum:
      Ah.


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