O.T.R.A. – Florida Or Bust

I’m going to be On The Road Again, starting in a few hours.

I’m headed to Florida “for a while”. (The rest of the family is staying in California this trip – so once again we are ‘bi’… bi-coastal.)

While I expect this to be a quick trip, just out and back, you never know. There’s always the risk I might get a contract there ;-)

So, for the next few days, new postings might be a ‘bit thin’. I’ll have the tablet with me ‘outbound’ and then a laptop available at the other end (where I have a load of “stuff” of mine I need to deal with – thus the trip…)

We’ll see what happens. Life is like that.

I do know that I’m not well suited to both travel and posting. I tend to “focus” a lot, and when traveling there is much that takes attention.

So, don’t be surprised if my comments are a bit thin.
Until I’m more static, think of this as something of an open-thread.

Current Hot Topics:

1) Hillary and the DNC. The Email leaks. The Russian Connection – if any… (it is a very convenient dodge for Hillary…)

2) Yet Another “Hottest Year Evvaaaahhh!” yet with snow in both hemispheres and most continents all at the same time.

3) Hillary and The Donald tied at 42% each in a recent poll…

4) Germany – what is it now, 3 or 4 attacks by Muslim Terrorists in as many weeks? Frankly, I’ve lost track. So how’s that open immigration workin’ out for you, Frau Merkel?

5) Markets looking to me like a ‘local top’, so likely to go down in the next few weeks (then likely back up again… flat roller). I’ve not done a full analysis on it yet, but maybe enough folks have “seen the drill” to know how the chart reading works. So what’s your opinion?

6) The Global Liquidity Trap – the Oh So Slow stagnation and eventual implosion of Abused Keynesian Run Wild. When reality doesn’t support more economic growth, no amount of monetary policy can fix it. Excess taxes, regulation, and Mercantilist China dominate. So “next step”?

7) Water drives the planet. Net, evaporated water moves from sea to land (thus all the rivers of condensed flowing back…) This shows solar heating of oceans is the major driver of the water cycle. Everything else is sequela. IR and Blue penetrate the ocean to depth, so have a long cycle time to exit. IR and Red are either prompt evaporation or near surface absorbed, so rapidly cycled to the air as water vapor. What happens to the system as the sun shifts from LOTS of blue and UV, to much less, but with increased Red and IR keeping total solar irradiance near constant? Think that might cause a long cycle shift of warming ocean then cooling? And maybe a spike in rainfall at the transition from high UV to high IR with a warmed ocean? (Then back again in 30 years…) Add in lower altitude per barometric pressure level (atmosphere shortening – measured and changing satellite lifetimes on orbit) and you get more snow “up high” in mountains and at the poles (where stratosphere comes to earth anyway). Nice little albedo / ocean oscillator there, eh? Now play it forward through 30 years of ocean cooling and prompt IR driven evaporation and added ice / snow build up at altitude…

8) Rossi and Cold Fusion / LENR. Lot of asserted replications often with spectacular meltdowns. Claims to be starting manufacture in the USA. Any other evidence? (Either way…) Think I ought to schedule a day trip to his offices in Florida and apply for a job? See what happens?

So that’s a starter list. Feel free to cover the “topic du jour” whatever pops up. I’ll try to check spam & moderation queues at least once a day, but it will depend on running into WiFi hotspots along the way… and having time.

So for a little while, it’s up to you all to keep the conversation going. I’m going to be ‘otherwise occupied’ a lot of the time.

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190 Responses to O.T.R.A. – Florida Or Bust

  1. philjourdan says:

    Yea, the notion that Russia did it in league with Trump is absurd. But then that is not he purpose of the lie. It is to build a meme. And with a willing media, that is all they want.

  2. Gail Combs says:

    1) Hillary and the DNC. The Email leaks. The Russian Connection – if any… (it is a very convenient dodge for Hillary…)

    Oh yes, VERY convenient filled with maybes and mightbes. It is especially convenient when they try to link it to Manafort. To add to the suspicion NY Mag says “Marissa Mayer: The Yahoo CEO is as reliably Democratic as they come. She’s given a ton of money to the Democratic National Committee…”

    It reminds me of the MSM trying to take down Cory by accusing him of assault. Lucky Donald Trump had the videos showing that the reporter with something in her hand was touching Trump’s arm.

    She is darn lucky she didn’t get taken down to the ground by the Secret Service and instead just had Cory place his body between her and Trump.

    Manafort is a major target because he is very very good at what he does and he is doing a brilliant job of steering Trump though treacherous waters.

    With the Globalist plans coming apart, expect to see things get very very nasty in the coming months.

  3. tom0mason says:

    The attacks on Trump are little more than rumor-mongering. However spreading of nasty rumors have a power of there own and can cause real damage, even if there is nothing of substance in them. The old mantras of the thoughtless are “everyone knows …” and “no smoke without fire…” the victim is left to wonder how best to answer such fiction.

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    The whole function of disinformation is to embed plausible targeted suspicions inside objectively obvious truths. Then to play on those suspicions as they get adopted into the common wisdom of the crowd.

  5. Gail Combs says:

    Oh My, the fun begins at the DemiRat convention. The Rabble has awakened and they are NOT happy.


    No wonder they put up an eight foot fence around the convention hall….

  6. philjourdan says:

    @Gail – at this rate, Donald will not have to make the Mexicans pay for the fence. He will just move all the Democrat fences to the border. ;-)

  7. Gail Combs says:

    Seems Julian Assange has just showed up to spike the Yahoo Rumours… Snicker.

    This is especially delicious since Assange is a hero to the younger set.


    So A big THANK YOU to Julian Assange.

  8. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just breaking news – so far the only report like this I have seen. May take a while to confirm.
    The official news agency of the self-styled Islamic State claimed Monday that its forces shot down an American warplane.

    “The crew of the U.S. warplane that was shot down by Islamic State fighters near Ayn Asad Airbase is dead,” read a statement by the Amaq news agency.


  9. Gail Combs says:

    The gift that keeps on giving, the Wikileaks DNC e-mails.

    Debbie wassername – BOOED
    Bernie – BOOED
    Pelosi – BOOED

    Debbie wassername steps down as DNC chair and becomes Hitlery campaign co-chair.

    Donna Brazile, becomes the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, but the Email leaks shoot her down within hours.

    So now the person leading the convention is the Nutty “Give Those Who Wished to Destroy Space to Do That” Baltimore Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

    How very very appropriate.

    What an entertaining election year!

  10. Larry Ledwick says:

    I don’t have enough popcorn.

  11. Larry Ledwick says:

    A view on Trump vs Clinton from the Russian perspective. Are they sending a message to HRC or trying to cripple her candidacy in preference to Trump.

    One other thought on Trump regarding his comments on not defending NATO members who are not paying their fair share (required 2% of GDP).

    It could also be a negotiating tactic to put the fear of god in them that the US under trump is not going to pickup the tab for defense if they have not skin in the game. Perhaps his way of telling them, “If you want to ride this marry go round you need to buy a ticket”.

    In the recent past he has repeatedly stated he wants to end the era of countries getting a free ride on our tax payers coat tails.

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    So far no confirmation from any other source on that item above about plane shot down, appears to be bogus. I don’t think even a complicit media could hide that sort of news for very long, and a web search shows no other items about it at all.

  13. John F. Hultquist says:

    I prefer Florida in mid-March!

    The WSJ has a story titled:
    How Much Oil Is in Storage Globally? Take a Guess

    Dateline Singapore, ’cause they have underground storage and lots of parked supertankers. Many other nations don’t report or are not trustworthy.
    Seems this is a big known unknown. Maybe there are unknown unknowns.
    The world has lots of issues (your list) but lack of oil isn’t one of them.

    We will need the popcorn for the presidential campaign – it is the only show around.

  14. RobL says:

    I’ve followed Rossi closely for years, and at this point I think the Jury is in – he is bunkum. I’m not writing LENR off though, but there have not yet been any publicly detailed high-quality replications, which is telling (better experimental technique and instrumentation tend to produce null results).

    And agree that equity markets look very ‘toppy’ with massive P/Es, and so many incipient crises brewing (China economy and south china seas, Brexit fallout, Merkels immigrant crisis threatening EU, PIGS debt that will kill Euro, seeming end of major internet adoption tech boom after 20 years, chartist belief in 7 year boom/bust cycle) we must be very close to next crash. Time to buy property somewhere with a growing population/nice climate (only sure investment) and wait it out.

  15. tom0mason says:

    You know it makes sense — air conditioners are as dangerous as suicide bombers according to Secretary of State John F. Kerry. They must be stopped…
    Here’s a petition you can support: Do it for the children, for their future.
    Hopalong Ginsberg started this petition, and 2,500 people have spoken up already. To sign the petition go to Change.org here…

    From the story at Joanne Nova site

  16. philjourdan says:

    That should make the police happy.

    1968 all over again.

  17. Glenn999 says:

    If you’re in the Gainesville or Ocala area, there are some decent places for a rest stop. Contact me if you want to, and I’ll join you for a sandwich and beer. Don’t know how to leave my contact info, but if you’re interested just let me know.
    And remember the words from the great philosopher Yogi Berra “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just had an interesting thought there is another explanation for the DNC hack and email dump.
    Obama sent some activists to Israel during their last election and tried to prevent Bibi from being re-elected. It makes a lot of sense to me that someone in Israel might have done the hack and left bread crumbs pointing back to the Russians as cover. Also the rapidity with which the DNC jumped on the Russian explanation could be because they don’t want to open the can of worms that they were tampering with a foreign election themselves.

  19. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick,

    Trump has no choice but to hold the international corporations and various country’s feet to the fire. The globalists have been sucking this country dry. The USA is bleeding to death and he has to stop the hemorrhaging. Our debt per capita is $60,340 and climbing and so is our trade imbalance thanks to the last 20 years of shitty trade deals.

    Mean while the flood of illegals and refugees are soaking up tax $$$ that were never payed into the system and never will be.

  20. Gail Combs says:

    Fun at the DNC

    Delegates walk out Convention 1/2 empty

  21. Gail Combs says:

    Bill Clinton says “Hillary is the best changemaker I know!”

  22. David A says:

    Well Gail, “she came, she saw, people died” and Obama told her “you’re getting pretty good at this.”

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    From an undisclosed location, somewhere in New Mexico… mostly because it was pouring rain and after 1000 miles of driving it alll looks the same, in a nondescript but very nice hotel;

    That petion to take all A/C out of the State Dept is a hoot!

    Per “Russian Fingerprints” I suspect it is just that an open relay in Russia was used for the dump. This is almost SOP for everyone as Russia is one of the few places nobody can force to divulge info such as telco records of contacts to the servers. IMHO these “private clandestine” relays are likely allowed since it lets Russia have a front row seat ot the data. Who needs “russian hackers” when you can get the whole world’s best by providing free secure services?

    Were I doing the hack, I’d wash my trail through Russia.

    IMHO, the Dimocrats who pissed on the Bernie supporters forgot that many of them work in I.T. shops… just sayin’… It’s a lot easier to do the job from inside, then wash it through a Russian server… And Hillary & Bill have a habit of stepping on people. Especially “little people”. Given the Bernie support level, roughly 1/2 of the DNC support staff ought to be Bernie supporters… and pissed…

    The Russian style would be silently sit on the info and use it for blackmail of Pres. Hillary.. They collect silently, then leverage later…behind the scenes.

    Per Trump:

    He is from the “build it and fix it” school. He is making the opening bid to fix NATO by enforcing the agreement, that’s all. I hope he never learns to understand politics :-) where “break it & spend for influence” dominates…


    Nice before and after pics… almost like it was on purpose to destroy Islamic cities and progress… and drive a flood of refugees into the EU… a “twofer” of destabilization to further control and dominance from Dear Leaders of the Globalusts…

    Well, time for breakfast…

  24. E.M.Smith says:


    My landing site is near Clermont, but I have no idea when I’ll by moving through Ocala, but likely an inconvient time. Probably easier to have a meet n greet during the following week or on my heading home run when schedule is easy… about lunch time is when I get to Ocala on the exit run.

  25. Glenn999 says:

    Sounds great E.M.
    My cell number is the best way to contact me. Let me know how to get the info to you. Enjoy the warm weather!

  26. gallopingcamel says:

    It has been crazy busy lately but I am off next week. I can get to Ocala so if there is to be a “Meet and Greet” let me know where and when. You have my contact information.

  27. gallopingcamel says:

    Given your propensity to travel I have a small gift that you may appreciate.

  28. gallopingcamel says:

    RobL says: 26 July 2016 at 3:01 am
    I’ve followed Rossi closely for years, and at this point I think the Jury is in – he is bunkum. I’m not writing LENR off though, but there have not yet been any publicly detailed high-quality replications, which is telling (better experimental technique and instrumentation tend to produce null results).

    I think you nailed it. As I have been saying for many years Rossi is a scam artist but that does not necessarily discredit LENR.

  29. Gail Combs says:

    HRC’s nomination at the DNC —- hacked!

    Actual, unedited feed of Hillary Clinton’s first appearance after receiving the Democratic Party Nomination.

    The media does not want you to see what really happened in Philadelphia.


  30. gallopingcamel says:

    tom0mason says: 26 July 2016 at 5:15 am
    You know it makes sense — air conditioners are as dangerous as suicide bombers according to Secretary of State John F. Kerry.

    Dan Quayle was pilloried as STUPID for much less than Kerry’s dumb remarks. Now there is a petition urging John Kerry to put his money where his mouth is. Please support this the petition to remove air conditioners from all State Department buildings:

    The most effective weapon against pompous asses like John Kerry is well deserved ridicule.

  31. gallopingcamel says:

    The “Main Stream Media” never complain when foreign leaders trash Donald Trump.

    Yet they suffer hissy fits when Israel, Russia or other nations support Trump. Israel and Russia would be crazy to want another four years of Obama’s destructive policies.

    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton undermined Israel while fostering Islamic terrorism in general and Iranian supported terrorism in particular. Hopefully they will be held accountable on November 8.

  32. gallopingcamel says:

    Gail Combs,
    I loved your hack which contains important truths.

    Like Ronald Reagan, Trump communicates directly with the American people so the “Main Stream Media” cannot hurt him.

    Donald Trump offers hope to the “Little People” like me, just as Bernie Sanders did. Will Bernie supporters vote for Donald? IMHO opinion not many. Yet there may be enough “Trump Democrats” to turn this election into a Reagan style landslide and to transform the “Republican Party” into the “Workers Party”.

    Hillary Clinton represents the “Status Quo”. If elected she will be owned by the “Donor Class” and she will put their interests ahead of yours. Who controls Donald Trump? Up to now he has done well without any support from the “Donor Class”. So who controls him? While I can’t answer that question I know he won’t listen to the Oligarchs (Banks, Media, Big Business, Trade Unions etc) who have orchestrated America’s decline by running the country for their own benefit.

  33. Gail Combs says:


    At this point We the People OWN Trump.

    In the month of June, Donald Trump received 400,000 direct individual contributions under $200 from ordinary patriots. With an average contribution of $55 bucks. He raised 51 million dollars in total. I think half of that was for the RNC general fund since I know he was doing RNC fund raising events last month. The other report says the Trump campaign raised $26 million with 94% of the donations under $200. That would be money going directly into Trump’s coffers and not the RNC PACS.

    The “400,000 direct individual contributions” means people contributing through Trump’s website directly to him and not to a PAC or the RNC. The people at Conservative Tree House have been very very careful to pound it into reader’s skulls to watch out for the scam e-mails.

    Realize that is an incredible amount of money from ordinary people and it scares the pants off the regular bought and paid for politicians. This is ESPECIALLY true since Google Mail deliberately routed the Trump campaign’s request for donations to TRASH (not spam) for the last two weeks in June, when Trump finally started fund raising for his bid against Hillary. ALL the other e-mails from Trump and others went to regular mail. This happened to a lot of people so we know it was deliberate sabotage by Google. A lot of people read Conservative Tree House and I think the discussion on the sabotage really P.O.ed people making them really want to donate to thumb their nose at google. (Snicker – I made an extra contribution via Peter for that reason myself.)

    Note that this was reported at CNN on Jun 22, 2016 as “…. Trump has done virtually no small-dollar fundraising since launching his campaign a year ago… (He self-funded his primary race, and yes he was getting a lot of small donations then too.)

    The late June timing of CNN’s hit piece was to take the thunder away from Trump when the end of the month results for June were announced at the beginning of July. — Sneaky SOBs

    Following the Trump campaign has been a real revelation on just how thoroughly corrupt the MSM really is. Cynical as I am, it still astonishes me.

  34. Another Ian says:



    Harry S. on his whistle stop campaign didn’t take donations of over $100. On the principle that, if the amount was greater, then favours would be expected in return.

    How times have changed.

  35. gallopingcamel says:

    At the end of the GOP convention Trump made an appeal with a target of $2 million by midnight. The actual amount collected exceeded $4 million in 24 hours.

    The MSM was reporting Trump’s failures as a fund raiser and once again he simply made their lies and bias obvious to everyone. Will they ever learn?

  36. Gail Combs says:

    The MSM was reporting Trump’s failures as a fund raiser and once again he simply made their lies and bias obvious to everyone. Will they ever learn?


    Trump just set another trap and they fell straight into it — snicker

    To keep the links live I will post this as segments.
    Trump was even more devious than you realize folks when he asked for Russia’s help in getting those Hitlery State Department e-mails.
    Here is the wee bit missing from the story… for now although it is starting to get out.
    Let’s say the Russians have her 33K emails which is a dead certainty.
    Look what a bit of digging turned up. The USA and Russia have a Treaty for “Mutual Assisitance in Criminal Matters”, signed by — wait for it….. BILL CLINTON on June 17, 1999.
    Seems like Russia would be obligated, under treaty, to help us.
    The Reporters at the Doral FL press conference kept asking Trump about him and Russia, and kept trying to connect Trump with Russia. (He has ZERO connection to Russia unlike China.) So Trump set the trap and the MSM walked right into it.
    Limbaugh has a pretty good transcript of the fun parts of the presser and the reaction of the press. Unfortunately the video I watched did not have the reporters questions audible.
    Trump really does have a wicked sense of humor. It is going to be fun when he springs the other half of the trap.

  37. Gail Combs says:

    The owner of The Washington Post FEARS Trump because of possible anti-trust on Amazon which he also owns. He has assigned several reporters to go after Trump.

    By November, Russian hackers could target voting machines. (Thanks Washington Post for providing the AMMO to get rid of the George Soros hackable voting machines.)

  38. Gail Combs says:

    ABCNews took the bait big time.

    abcnews “Democratic National Convention 2016: Fact-Checking the Speakers” Day 3

    …Fact Check: Donald Trump’s Invitation to Russia to Hack Hillary Clinton’s Email Amounts to Criminal Intent

    Claim: Donald Trump’s invitation to Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email amounts to criminal intent

    Rating: Questionable. Some legal experts contacted by ABC News said the comments were almost certainly protected free speech, while at least one other attorney specializing in national security law believes it’s legally actionable. The broad consensus is that no charges would result from Trump’s statement.

    Retired Navy Rear Adm. and former JAG Officer John Hutson said: “This morning, this very morning, he personally invited Russia to hack us! That’s not law and order. That’s criminal intent!”

    Background: Online searches for the definition of “treason” surged today after Donald Trump said: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” But did Trump’s statement rise to the level of criminality?

    Top legal experts told ABC News’ Lauren Pearle that Trump’s comments were almost certainly protected free speech, not any crime. “If Trump was actually working with Russia, that would be a crime. Merely expressing a sentiment, however idiotic or reprehensible, is not criminal,” said Peter Margulies, Roger Williams University School of Law.

    In addition to Hutson, a retired JAG officer, at least one other lawyer said the comments were outside the First Amendment’s protective scope. Bradley Moss, a lawyer specializing in national security law, told The Daily Beast that Republican presidential nominee’s statements could be actionable because Trump had spurred Russia to undertake “imminent lawless action,” an unprotected form of speech…..

    And then KABOOMMmmm the trap closes.

  39. Gail Combs says:


    And the next morning ABCNews grudgingly comes out with this: Donald Trump Says He Was Being ‘Sarcastic’ About Wanting Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Deleted Emails
    Of course the fact that there is a TREATY signed by CLINTON stating that Russia would help in criminal enquires is conveniently left out of both stories. Can’t spoil the narrative directed by the DNC now can we.

    Also as one commenter at CNBC noted

    Just to make sure I head correctly, several times I listened to the video feed. Trump spoke of hacking in the past tense, it was already done. That is far from asking Russia to hack us. The media has headlines such as “Trump encourages foreign espionage.” We are REALLY seeing the true colors of the media and their support of the Democratic Party. Most of the media is really a propaganda organ of the Democratic Party.

    And if you go up to the top of this series of posts the USA had a Treaty signed by Clinton, saying we most certainly could ask Russia about the missing e-mails and the US government SHOULD HAVE!

    Are we having fun yet?

  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the most interesting things about this election cycle, is that the huge range of candidates and unusual candidates, has caused the media and on the web commenters to out themselves (regarding their real bias) by what issues they latched on to and went ballistic about. Those that generally tend to be a little ambiguous about their true feelings have been a bit less neutral than they usually are. Some of the pundits have actually surprised me by the virulence which they have attacked certain issues and even how they viewed things like Trump’s sarcastic remark about Russia and emails.

    Will be interesting to watch the show and see how it all shakes out over time.

  41. cdquarles says:

    What everyone should know about TV and other news,, but don’t. News is made like movies. How things are said/written and what gets kept/left out are the clues to the real news. Like the dog that didn’t bark, what isn’t said speaks volumes, at times.

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yep when I worked in Government I personally witnessed press conferences and then went home and watched the news coverage and it became very obvious how much got left out and how selective the editing and commentary was. In some cases the final production you would swear covered a different press conference than the one you attended, but you knew better having actually seen the same news “personality” doing the questions.

    Intellectually I understood you could influence the news by selective editing but I was shocked at some of the subtle tricks played to change the obvious meaning of certain parts of the interview.

    As you noted, often the unspoken told more than the spoken.
    As a result of that experience you start asking questions like why did that specific phrasing get used? Often the first tell is that the person being interviewed over qualifies a statement.

    Instead of saying something simple and declarative like “The senator did not know that was happening”, he says something very specific like “The senator never got an email on that from his staff”!
    The real answer would likely be something like “The senator never got an email on that from his staff because they told me privately behind closed doors after they got that email.

  43. gallopingcamel says:

    Donald Trump is playing the MSM like a violin while making a mockery of pompous asses like Panetta and Kerry.

    Donald is talking to the American people just as Ronald Reagan did. The Democrats are making the same arguments against Trump as they did against Reagan. For example they implied that Reagan could not be trusted with control of our nuclear weapons.

  44. gallopingcamel says:

    Hillary broke the law but Comey recommended against prosecution because he saw no evidence of intent.

    Donald did not break the law yet there are plenty of people who want to prosecute him for criminal intent. Why would asking the Russians to hand over emails that Hillary claims to be about Yoga and wedding plans be considered a criminal act?. If she is telling the truth (how likely is that?) there won’t be a single classified document! If it turns out that state secrets are compromised it is Hillary rather than Trump who should be prosecuted.

    The reason for Hillary maintaining a private server is to hide emails relating to the Clinton crime family that sells influence to foreign governments, banks and crony capitalists. While the Clintons are very smart lawyers they made some technology mistakes that have rendered them vulnerable to hackers. They should have hired Chiefio. You can bet there will be many more revelations before the dust settles. I hope you can spare an hour to learn about the Clinton corruption. Yet this video only exposes the tip of the iceberg.

    My guess is that the GOP “October Surprise” will be classified Clinton emails leaked by foreign powers. The Clintons present a “Target Rich Environment” so I expect the faithful here can suggest many other possibilities.

  45. gallopingcamel says:

    Larry Ledwick, July 2016 at 12:45 am
    “Yep when I worked in Government I personally witnessed press conferences and then went home and watched the news coverage and it became very obvious how much got left out and how selective the editing and commentary was. In some cases the final production you would swear covered a different press conference than the one you attended, but you knew better having actually seen the same news “personality” doing the questions.”

    Well said! I experienced this phenomenon when setting up eight charter schools. The press reports of the important public meetings bore little relation to what actually happened. While my organization suffered immense harm as a result we were powerless to prevent the lies and distortions. In spite of the malice of the “Media” we succeeded in creating schools with 3,000 students and 245 employees. Some of these schools regularly receive national recognition:

  46. E.M.Smith says:

    Just an FYI: I’ve reached my destination. Now a day or two of sleep and I’ll be useful again!

    I make it about 80 hours, coast to coast, solo… not too bad…. and despite one (aged out) tire spitting a treadapillar in the New Mexico high desert, mid afternoon, in the summer… and the spare under a trunk load of stuff…

    One interesting observation: unlike prior years, the Truck Stop Diesel was running about 20-30 ¢ or 10-15% more than non-truckstops. Even saw Exxon, Standard and Shell cheaper! and they are usually high priced. I suspect some price fixing… $2.35 to $2.47 over most of coast to coast (typicaaly it is lowest in Texas and Oklahoma, rumping up gradually each way… yet got it for $1.99/gallon US just at random places off the freeway… $1.90 at one stop. $2.09 at Standard… $1.97 IIRC at Murphy at Walmart a couple of States…

    Used to be the truck stops were cheapest so not worth looking… I’ll be using gasbuddy.com on the way back…

    Tomorrow I’ll start catching up comments and do a posting… after a 15 hour drive day, I’m headed for bed.

    One comment per press:

    For a variety of reasons, I’ve been on the news and interviewed and had Media Training. You are just raw material, cloth to be cut to fit their story line… Speak only in small 20 second bites that can’t be cut to a different meaning. Always speak your talking points, not their stearing questions. Never reflect a negative preamble:

    “Is it true you like little girls?” ought never be answered with “So the question is ‘do I like little girls’, well I think that a slanderous question!” as it yields the edit, in your voice, of ‘I like little girls’… Instead say: “Pedophilia is evil. We need stonger laws! ” No edit is bad and nothing is long enough to trim without having zero left, so you can’t change the meaning, only make it null.

    To the question “Is it true you did drugs?” You answer “You touch on an interesting issue. I believe we need better community unity. Let me tell you about our community plans…”

    And so much more…

  47. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    The global socialism is a single thing with a single idiology… remember The Internationale…

  48. Another Ian says:

    The one that starts

    “The working class may kiss my arse
    I’ve got a bludger’s job at last
    I’m out of work and on the dole
    Let’s hoist the red flag up the pole”?

  49. Gail Combs says:

    “The global socialism is a single thing with a single idiology… “ Neo-FUEDALISM

    Remember Bill Clinton, Tony Blair (Ex -Prime Minister) and Pascal Lamy are all buddies who teach at the London School of Economics.

    Tony Blair worked for the UN and was drawing a million dollar salary from J.P. Morgan as liaison in the middle east. I would hazard a guess it was to try and talk Gaddafi out of the Creation of Gold-Backed Currency. Remember Blair got Gaddafi’s son into the London School of Economics.

    … one of the over 3,000 new Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department on New Year’s Eve, contain damning evidence of Western nations using NATO as a tool to topple Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. The NATO overthrow was not for the protection of the people, but instead it was to thwart Gaddafi’s attempt to create a gold-backed African currency to compete with the Western central banking monopoly.

    The emails indicate the French-led NATO military initiative in Libya was also driven by a desire to gain access to a greater share of Libyan oil production, and to undermine a long term plan by Gaddafi to supplant France as the dominant power in the Francophone Africa region.

    The April 2011 email, sent to the Secretary of State Hillary by unofficial adviser and longtime Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal with the subject line “France’s client and Qaddafi’s gold,” reveals predatory Western intentions.


    This sort of thing makes me really worry about Donald Trump’s continued health. Although the retaliation I think will be very targeted. Hopefully that knowledge will keep the lid on the megalomaniacs.

  50. Gail Combs says:

    GAG, this sounds as bad as a day time soap opera but in real time.

    Why Did General John Allen Speak at DNC Convention For Hillary Clinton?….
    Do not miss the links in the first page of comments.

    This is the group that did very good research on George Zimmerman and the girl, Jessica Lynn Chambers, who was burned alive. And I am talking boots on the ground type research for which they were threatened. The BORG does not like it when someone pulls back the curtain and shows the truth vs the fiction they are painting.

  51. Gail Combs says:

    This is one of those links

    Also mentioned is Jill Kelley aka Gilberte Khawan, born in Beirut, Lebanon. a middle East operative excuse me Activist…..

    What a mess.
    Why has Obama Fired 197 US Senior Military Commanders in 5 years? (nine Generals in 2013)

    3-17-14 List Of Military Elite Purged And Fired Under Obama Compiled By General Paul Vallely

    ….Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented.Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the ‘purge’ of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place. As you will see below, dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening? What is going on right now is absolutely crazy especially during a time of peace. Is there a deliberate attempt to reshape the military and remove those who don’t adhere to the proper ‘viewpoints’ ? Does someone out there feel a need to get officers that won’t cooperate out of the way?

    Throughout world history, whatever comes next after a military purge is never good.
    If this continues, what is the U.S. military going to look like in a few years?

    Perhaps you are reading this and you think that ‘purge’ is too strong a word for what is taking place. Well, just consider the following quotes from some very highly decorated retired officers:

    -Retired Army Major General Paul Vallely:The White House protects their own.That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare.He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.

    -Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady: There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.
    -Retired Army Lt. General William G. Jerry Boykin:Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause.

    -Retired Navy Captain Joseph John:I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views.

    A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job just keep your mouth shut. Now this trend appears to be accelerating.


    General Vallely’s comment:
    Absolutely every communist regime on the planet did this as soon as they got in power. I am surprised this communist traitor with his feet up on our furniture in the white house hasn’t done this until now!

  52. Gail Combs says:

    “…what is the U.S. military going to look like in a few years?”

    Army Times: Soldiers in high heels draw online outburst

    General Patton and General Eisenhower must be spinning in their graves.

  53. Jeff says:

    Gail, absolute spectacular (and spectacularly horrifying) infos.

    At first I was thinking (with regard to Petraus et. al. and the State Department’s answer to
    the Kardashians) of “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”.

    But the webs have been spun so wide, and for so long, that it’s more like dredging a river or a sump, digging up more and more debris, muck, and poisonous dirt, but never finding anything
    of worth.

    This current (mis)administration is well worthy of a few extra circles in Dante’s Inferno in hell.
    And a Clintonian “coronation” would only continue, widen, and deepen it.

    And I fear we have a similar situation here in Europe, with the EU having been at this game
    under various names since the late 1940s…

    Thanks for posting those links.

  54. gallopingcamel says:

    The ruling elites (Democrats and Republicans) are both corrupt and arrogant. They believe they can do whatever they want in defiance of common sense and the voting populace.

    We have ourselves to blame. We should have prosecuted the Clintons when they were still petty criminals stealing furniture from the White House. Our failure to act encouraged their greed so now they steal millions at a time. The Giustra uranium deal alone netted $145 million for the Clinton Foundation.

    Obama is not as greedy as the Clinton’s but his ideology is even more harmful to the USA.

    Obama is purging the military with the result that our friends (e.g. Israel) fear us more than our enemies (e.g. ISIS). The only hope for this nation is to purge the ruling elite. On the Republican side that has been partially accomplished through the rise of Donald Trump. On the Democrat side the party has lurched to the left so things will get much worse if Hillary Clinton wins on November 8. The flood of Syrian “Refugees” will become a tsunami. Deficit financing will continue while our industrial might fades.

    The UK rejected the tyranny from Brussels and that should encourage us to reject tyranny from Washington. If we fail the USA as we know it will be doomed; states will secede starting with TEXIT.

  55. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Obama military purge is one of the issues which worries me most. Purged and gutted militaries almost always result in wars with very high loss rates shortly after they are concluded. It encourages other aggressive countries to take risks they would not ordinarily take.
    The Soviet experience with Finland and the early days of WWII being a good example.

    He is throwing away decades of military line experience and the most competent leaders and replacing them with political hacks who pretend to be military leaders.

    If not reversed soon, it will setup potentially crippling organizational rot in the military which will take decades to clean up (if it is even reversible after it takes root).

    Modern warfare, unlike 19th and 20th century wars will be so lethal and all encompassing that there may not be time to restructure rearm and train the military. The early years of WWII being a good example of the consequences of a down sized military. Lots of blood and treasure lost relearning old lessons and growing a new crop of effective leaders in the first 2 years or so of war.

    Serious setbacks in the opening days of war in a nuclear age may not be recoverable, as there will be no time or logistical resources and means to rebuild left to pull it off. The age of home front mobilization being able to ramp up and swamp an foreign enemy are largely over if it ever goes all out intercontinental conflict with modern weapons.

    In the age of intercontinental strike, it will be a “run what you brung” war to borrow an old racing expression for doing the best with what you have at hand.

  56. Gail Combs says:

    I posted that info because it really horrifies me esp with the China saber rattling and the EU and Obummer/Hitlary goading Russia. Thank goodness Putin is smart, and deliberate and not a hothead.

    If you want even more military idiocy… Try the Trans-Pacific Partnership! Synopsis FROM THE US GOVERNMENT

    Let’s let China make our Army equipment and North Korea our government Computers!

    TPP Parties share an interest in accessing each other’s large government procurement markets through transparent, predictable, and non-discriminatory rules….

    And what about our government services like the Post Office, drivers license bureau… Can’t leave those out.

    …In addition to updating traditional approaches to issues covered by previous free trade agreements (FTAs), the TPP incorporates new and emerging trade issues and cross-cutting issues. These include issues related to the Internet and the digital economy, the participation of state-owned enterprises in international trade and investment…

    And if we do not like it we get sued.

    ” ….TPP Parties aim to have these disputes resolved through impartial, unbiased panels. … Panels will consider requests from non-governmental entities located in the territory of any disputing Party to provide written views regarding the dispute to panels during dispute settlement proceedings.

    Panels will be composed of three international trade and subject matter experts independent of the disputing Parties, with procedures available to ensure that a panel can be composed even if a Party fails to appoint a panelist within a set period of time. These panelists will be subject to a code of conduct to ensure the integrity of the dispute settlement mechanism.

    To maximize compliance, the Dispute Settlement chapter allows for the use of trade retaliation (e.g., suspension of benefits), if a Party found not to have complied with its obligations fails to bring itself into compliance with its obligations. Before use of trade retaliation, a Party found in violation can negotiate or arbitrate a reasonable period of time in which to remedy the breach….”

    How about Immigration? And the adding of other countries without the approval of Congress?

    …. The TPP facilitates the development of production and supply chains, and seamless trade, enhancing efficiency and supporting our goal of creating and supporting jobs, raising living standards, enhancing conservation efforts, and facilitating cross-border integration, as well as opening domestic markets.

    Platform for regional integration. The TPP is intended as a platform for regional economic integration and designed to include additional economies across the Asia-Pacific region.

    Given the growing importance of services trade to TPP Parties, the 12 countries share an interest in liberalized trade in this area….market access, which provides that no TPP country may impose quantitative restrictions on the supply of services (e.g., a limit on the number of suppliers or number of transactions) ….TPP Parties accept these obligations on a “negative-list basis,” meaning that their markets are fully open to services suppliers from TPP countries….TPP Parties agree to permit free transfer of funds related to the cross-border supply of a service. In addition, the chapter includes a professional services annex encouraging cooperative work on licensing recognition and other regulatory issues, and an annex on express delivery services.

    The Temporary Entry for Business Persons chapter encourages authorities of TPP Parties to provide information on applications for temporary entry, to ensure that application fees are reasonable, and to make decisions on applications and inform applicants of decisions as quickly as possible. TPP Parties agree to ensure that information on requirements for temporary entry are readily available to the public, including by publishing information promptly and online if possible, and providing explanatory materials. The Parties agree to ongoing cooperation on temporary entry issues such as visa processing. Almost all TPP Parties have made commitments on access for each other’s business persons, which are in country-specific annexes.

  57. Gail Combs says:

    Stefan Molyneux, made a very interesting comment that caught my attention.

    Studies found that POWER is as addicting as hard drugs and as destructive. Once addicted people will do anything to keep power and grab more power even if it is destructive to the country or self-destructive.

    That certainly helps explain the totally batsh–t crazy decisions we are now seeing, especially as the global government edifice falls apart.

    The comment is toward the end of this Utube

    Why Donald Trump Is Different | Bill Mitchell and Stefan Molyneux

  58. Gail Combs says:

    I was wondering about this. Another one to add to the Clinton body count?

  59. Gail Combs says:

    OOOooooh, this one is really juicy!


    Sure does explain a lot.

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Geeze I would love to read the history book that will be published in 50 years digging into all this!

    As noted in one of those links drip drip drip it just keeps developing one bread crumb at a time.

    Crowd sourcing just might put enough threads together to unravel who is doing what to whom. No one researcher can do it there is just not enough time in a life time to check all possible sources.
    Hundreds of motivated folks augmented with the power of the internet and the accumulated span of experience of all those people (ie remembering obscure news paper stories, or hearing off hand comments from people in the know etc.) just might pull the covers off the inner workings of some of these political machines.

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    Studies found that POWER is as addicting as hard drugs and as destructive. Once addicted people will do anything to keep power and grab more power even if it is destructive to the country or self-destructive.

    I would love to find some references for that comment.

    Quick web search pulled up these:


    Just an observation the actions that they associate with power addiction are the same as the signature markers of sociopaths. Is is possible the sociopaths are just power addicted, and have found a method to keep getting their power fix by manipulating others?

    Dopamine addiction also explains a lot about celebrity addiction and their pathological need to put themselves in the spot light no matter what it takes to get noticed (Kardasians = acceptance/esteem addiction??)

    Political correctness = acceptance addition??
    Safe spaces = safety addition??

    Understanding the driving rational behind these addictions might help normal folks to deal with these pathologies in their leaders.

  62. Gail Combs says:

    This one really cracks me up!

    I needed the laugh after finding out Clinton appointed judges struck down the NC voter ID and ID requirements in other states.

    This means we can all vote multiple times and all the illegals can vote….

  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    Bernie Sanders supporters in the California delegation were taking banners and blocking out letters to form “Liar” banners during the DNC

  64. David Ball says:

    Not sure where else to post this.

    Has WUWT? become as entrenched in dogma as some of the worst alarmist sites? I used to think it was a home for the open minded. ~90% of Anthony’s posts fly in the face of the GHE, yet they still cling to the infinitesimally small likelihood that the atmosphere actually works that way. I have witnessed Evan Jones going from skeptic to posting things like “we still have Arrhenius”. Anthony has been through some s**t lately, and I worry that his armour has been penetrated by the alarmist contingent.
    His religious views require him to turn the other cheek. I get that. But the insidious data tamperers do not have those moral restrictions.
    Sorry for the off topic, but I was so disgusted by the comments in response to one idiot who should carry no sway over anyone revealed a darker side to the populace of wuwt. I would say childlike response to someone who should have been ignored. Anthony used this comment to smear the entire questioning of Co2 and GHE, which has validity, imho and should be questioned. We simply do not have the data to make the assumptions being made. Anthony knows this.
    If one removes UHI, the “adjusted temps” (yes I know some adjustments are required ), and “ECS”, we find the lapse rate calculations account for our atmospheric temperatures. I am over simplifying, of course, but this way everyone can easily understand what I mean.
    Feel free to delete if you wish.

  65. Gail Combs says:

    More fun…

  66. Gail Combs says:

    Agreed Larry on both “Understanding the driving rational behind these addictions might help normal folks” and the thread unraveling. It is something E.M. is very good at and something I have a bit of a knack for too.

    I put together this bit of dot connecting that is germane to the politics today. LINK Especially if you consider the central role Shell Oil has played in CAGW and Agenda 21. (Shell is mostly owned by Queen Beatrix, the English Royal Family, the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers. There are major connections between that bunch and the WWF too.) LINK

  67. Larry Ledwick says:

    Link on our current economic expansion being one of the longest on record but also the weakest since 1949.


  68. E.M.Smith says:


    Due to some social activities with my host here, a bit of necessary housekeeping, and a need to set up my compute facilities, I’m still running behind on postings… but expect to get a better run going soon. (The Linux cd in the old laptop here has too old a browser to be acceptable to wordpress…so a bit more work to do…)

    @David Ball:

    It’s an open thread.

    Per Anthony and WUWT: Yes, I’ve noticed some of that. IMHO, the greenhouse effect only exists in theory. In reality it is completely swamped by water and convection. That heatpipe earth posting I did was my epiphany moment. But Anthony can’t accept just bypassing the theoretical argument, and can’t defeat it inside its own terms, so settles into the lukewarmer answer of “it is there, but you have the size wrong”. Oh well, his site.

    Then add that the whole topic has moved to the political arena as many, like me, have come to understand it was always political on the warmers side, The “science” just a window dressing sideshow, and then tilting at fake windmills seems a waste of time, so many of us reduced participation there.

    Then the whipsaw from improved hearing to worse, that’s a big emotional toll.

    Finally, the push to volume with several articles a day, and folks like me can’t even read all the articles, forget the comments, that went to threaded or interleaved, so the whole series has to be scanned to find the new… and moderation took a big hit with the whitelist process and post publish audit…

    The end result, IMHO, was a loss of the ‘small club with friendly debate’ tone.

    Oh Well…

    Still a good site, but some of the special is tarnished…

  69. Gail Combs says:

    David Ball says…..

    I gave up on WUWT when they piled on Tony Heller, then Tallbloke, then Dr. Nicola Scafetta then Dr. David Evans.

    Lief S, Zeke Hausfeather and Mosher seem to have an inordinate amount of sway and I consider them Trojan Horses. The Mosh pup and Zeke are always in there defending BEST and insisting on the TOBS adjustments. They even got Anthony and Evans to make those adjustments.

    My research into the mess is:
    TOBS (Time of Observation

    Switch from glass to thermistors

    Anthony seems to be afraid of being seen as a ‘kook’ and therefore is not willing to Think Outside the Box. Don’t get me wrong I think Anthony has done a tremendous job and provides a great service but the savaging of Tallbloke was more than I could take.

    I feel more at home here or at Tony Heller’s where we can have rousing arguments with no hard feeling and then move on to the next subject. I also wander over to Jo Nova’s and Tallbloke’s too.

    So welcome to the group.

  70. Gail Combs says:

    E. M. says “…., that went to threaded or interleaved, so the whole series has to be scanned to find the new…”

    I am SO glad you have time sequenced and not interleaved/indented. You are correct. It means you are always having to reread to catch new comments and those new comments can get lost too easily especially at a busy site. Add moderation for the more complex comments and you increase information loss.

    Tony Heller can get away with the interleaved/indented because most of the threads are short enough to reread. However I prefer to just use a short comment from the other person as an intro so people know who and what I am addressing just as I did here.

  71. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick says: “… current economic expansion being one of the longest on record but also the weakest since 1949.”

    There are some indications that we are actually in a recession not an expansion. No increase in wages for almost two decades. Sustained loss of 15 factories a day. Continued Sky high unemployment. Sustained negative trade imbalance. Our biggest export trash….

    I saw some where in the last few days that the GDP has gone negative. Unfortunately I read so much I doubt I could dig out the pointer.

    AHHHhh found it! It was at Shadow Stat
    The red is the ‘Official Lie’
    The blue The SGS-Alternate GDP reflects the inflation-adjusted, or real, year-to-year GDP change, adjusted for distortions in government inflation usage and methodological changes that have resulted in a built-in upside bias to official reporting.


    The GDP went negative around the same time China joined the WTO. ( December 11, 2001,)

    The WTO was ratified in 1995

    Reagan allowed the leverage buyout feeding frenzy in the mid 1980s

    ..In January 1982, former US Secretary of the Treasury William Simon and a group of investors acquired Gibson Greetings, a producer of greeting cards, for $80 million, of which only $1 million was rumored to have been contributed by the investors. By mid-1983, just sixteen months after the original deal, Gibson completed a $290 million IPO and Simon made approximately $66 million.[9] The success of the Gibson Greetings investment attracted the attention of the wider media to the nascent boom in leveraged buyouts.[10] Between 1979 and 1989, it was estimated that there were over 2,000 leveraged buyouts valued in excess of $250 billion…..— WIKI

    A US Secretary of the Treasury started the sellout of our economy. Reagan through his laissez faire attitude did nothing to stop it.

    …Both economic and regulatory factors combined to spur the explosion in large takeovers and, in turn, large LBOs. The three regulatory factors were the Reagan administration’s relatively laissez-faire policies on antitrust and securities laws, which allowed mergers the government would have challenged in earlier years; the 1982 Supreme Court decision striking down state antitakeover laws (which were resurrected with great effectiveness in the late eighties); and deregulation of many industries, which prompted restructurings and mergers. The main economic factor was the development of the original-issue high-yield debt instrument. The so-called “junk bond” innovation, pioneered by Michael Milken of Drexel Burnham, provided many hostile bidders and LBO firms with the enormous amounts of capital needed to finance multi-billion-dollar deals…

    Without intervention greed took over.

    Corporate takeovers became a prominent feature of the American business landscape during the seventies and eighties. A hostile takeover usually involves a public tender offer—a public offer of a specific price, usually at a substantial premium over the prevailing market price, good for a limited period, for a substantial percentage of the target firm’s stock. Unlike a merger, which requires the approval of the target firm’s board of directors as well as voting approval of the stockholders, a tender offer can provide voting control to the bidding firm without the approval of the target’s management and directors…..

    Because it allows bidders to seek control directly from shareholders—by going “over the heads” of target management—the tender offer is the most powerful weapon available to the hostile bidder. … Although hostile bidders still need a formal merger to gain total control of the target’s assets, this is easily accomplished once the bidder has purchased a majority of voting stock.

    Hostile tender offers have been around for decades, but they were rare and generally involved small target firms until the midseventies. Then came the highly controversial multibillion-dollar hostile takeovers of very recognizable public companies. By the late eighties there were dozens of multi-billion-dollar takeovers and their cousins, leveraged buyouts (LBOs). The largest acquisition ever was the $25 billion buyout of RJR Nabisco by Kolberg Kravis and Roberts in 1989. [Editor’s note: this was written in 1992.] …. http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc1/TakeoversandLeveragedBuyouts.html

    This is the result of the 1980’s leveraged buyout feeding frenzy.

    Of mergers and acquisitions each costing $1 million or more, there were just 10 in 1970; in 1980, there were 94; in 1986, there were 346. A third of such deals in the 1980’s were hostile. The 1980’s also saw a wave of giant leveraged buyouts. Mergers, acquisitions and L.B.O.’s, which had accounted for less than 5 percent of the profits of Wall Street brokerage houses in 1978, ballooned into an estimated 50 percent of profits by 1988…

    THROUGH ALL THIS, THE HISTORIC RELATIONSHIP between product and paper has been turned upside down. Investment bankers no longer think of themselves as working for the corporations with which they do business. These days, corporations seem to exist for the investment bankers…. In fact, investment banks are replacing the publicly held industrial corporations as the largest and most powerful economic institutions in America….

    THERE ARE SIGNS THAT A VICIOUS spiral has begun, as each corporate player seeks to improve its standard of living at the expense of another’s.

    Corporate raiders transfer to themselves, and other shareholders, part of the income of employees by forcing the latter to agree to lower wages.

    January 29, 1989 (wwwDOT)nytimes.com/1989/01/29/magazine/leveraged-buyouts-american-pays-the-price.html?sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all New York Times

    Statistics (courtesy of Bridgewater) showed in 1990, before WTO was ratified, foreign ownership of U.S. assets amounted to 33% of U.S. GDP. By 2002 this had increased to over 70% of U.S. GDP.

  72. Gail Combs says:

    Statistics (courtesy of Bridgewater) showed in 1990, before WTO was ratified, foreign ownership of U.S. assets amounted to 33% of U.S. GDP. By 2002 this had increased to over 70% of U.S. GDP.

    This is the key to our current political problems. Our industry, our employers are NOT AMERICANS! Our country has literally been boxed up and sold off.

    The President of the Chamber of Commerce is VERY anti-Trump as is the entire media. Why? Because they have zero loyalty to the USA.

    Heck look at the ‘conservative station’ Fox and the conservative newspaper The Wall Street Journal.

    Rupert Murdoch was born in Melbourne, Australia. If I recall correctly he had to become an American to acquire Fox. Murdoch controlled the world’s second-largest media conglomerate, with assets all over the world. He is a Globalist not an American.

    Who is his partner in Fox news? Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

    …Rupert Murdoch-Open Borders: The link is that the Rupert Murdoch (Chairman/CEO News Corp, Owner of Fox News) is co-chair of the open borders group, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE). PNAE was one of biggest supporters of Marco Rubio and the Gang of 8 Immigration Reform Bill/Amnesty push. They flooded the airways and media with pro immigration reform propaganda. Fox News was also devoid of unbiased reporting of this bill….

    Murdoch and Ailes support of open boarders and the Gang of 8 immigration revamping has never been disclosed by Fox News ….
    Murdoch has also stated: “We need to do away with the cap on H-1B visas, which is arbitrary and results in U.S. companies struggling to find the high-skill workers they need to continue growing. “

    BREITBART: The Anti-Trump Network: Fox News Money Flows into Open Borders Group

    Murdoch is the co-chair of what is arguably one of the most powerful immigration lobbying firms in country, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE).

    In addition to blanketing the country, media, and politicians with literature, advertisements, and a barrage of lobbyists pushing for open border immigration policies, the Partnership for A New American Economy (PNAE) was a prime lobbyist for one of the biggest open borders pushes in American history: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79%’s 2013 Gang of Eight immigration bill….

    Interestingly, Bill Sammon — FOX News’s vice president of News and Washington managing editor — is the father of Brooke Sammon, who is Rubio’s press secretary.

    As Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza back in 2013, Fox News was essential to the Rubio-Schumer effort to expand immigration levels beyond all known historical precedent…

    ….a massive fly-in trip of more than 600 activists, which was organized by the Chamber, the tech industry’s FWD.us, the National Immigration Forum and the Partnership for a New American Economy, which was co-founded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Why in Hades is AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in FAVOR of the Gang of 8 immigration that threatens American Union workers. What was the back room deal? 100% Unionization of US workers? (SWAG)

  73. Gail Combs says:

    Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

    Trump SCHOOLS Pompous Saudi Prince: “Has YOUR Country Taken ANY of the Syrian Refugees?”
    ….Of course, Trump is right.
    Saudi Arabia has banned Syrian immigrants from its country due to security concerns.

    Over one million migrants will relocate to Europe this year.

    But the wealthiest Muslim nations – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman and Kuwait have accepted NO SYRIAN REFUGEES!

    If there is any doubt about Prince Alwaleed bin Talal deep friendship with Murdoch this 2013 Vanity Fair piece puts that to rest.

    The Stockholder in the Sand

    …. the enigmatic Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has very public holdings: he is the second-largest voting shareholder in News Corp., he owns Paris’s George V hotel and part of New York City’s Plaza hotel, he is a stockholder in Apple….—a calorie-counting cell-phone addict who loves texting James Murdoch

    One of the largest shareholders in Citigroup, the second-largest voting shareholder in News Corporation after the Murdoch family, and with major stakes in dozens of other Western companies, he travels the globe….

    Over the last two decades, he has swooped in with tons of cash to aid various companies and superstars at their low points, including London’s Canary Wharf, Citigroup, EuroDisney, Apple, Donna Karan (the company), and Michael Jackson, to name but a few. On the day of our second meeting, in late April 2012, the prince was clutching a small string of prayer beads as he talked about News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and Citigroup’s then C.E.O., Vikram Pandit.

    The ties between Alwaleed and Murdoch run deep. Alwaleed owns 56.2 million shares of Murdoch’s News Corporation; News Corporation, in turn, owns a 19.9 percent stake, worth around $150 million, in Rotana, Alwaleed’s privately held pan-Arab media conglomerate, based in Bahrain. As much of the world knows by now, last year was not a good year for Murdoch. Due to a phone-hacking investigation into his British newspapers, he was forced to close the major London tabloid News of the World, abandon his bid for control of the satellite network BSkyB, shunt aside his younger son and heir apparent, James, and testify before Parliament about the company’s abuses of power. Some 32 people, most of them former and current News Corp. employees, have been arrested since the phone-hacking scandal was uncovered…..

    ….He remains supportive of 40-year-old James. “James is not my partner only in News Corp.,” Alwaleed said. “He’s also my partner in the Rotana. . . . He’s a highly ethical, professional, decent man. I think of his honesty. I’m thinking of him. I know him very well.” They are texting pals, and James is on his speed dial…..

  74. Gail Combs says:

    And to add insult to injury the ‘conservative news’ — FOX News is One of Top 10 Largest Donors to the Clintons

    OANN seems to be taking over the hole left by the defection of Fox.

  75. David A says:

    Has anyone heard the rumors about the USAF base on Turkey. First there was the on site protests of the base being there.
    Now at this time zero protests not sanctioned by Erdogan would be happening. Then today rumors of a police force shutdown, later termed an inspection. Very vague, with statements from Turkey insisting US involvement from the airfield with the claimed coop.

    Certainly the US would have anounced an inspection of some sort. Does anyone know what is going on there? Why is the media so silent on this. Rumors of major shift in US base personel there just months before this.

    A major nuclear armed USAF in the mist of an Islamic takeover (purge of military, courts and education system) of a “NATO” nation, and wild rumors and no field reports of US moves to secure the field.

    Obama clearly admired Erdogan, lavishing praise on him. Did the O admire and assist him in the military purge Erdogan is doing, whishing he could move as fast.

    More alarmists, is the O planning on allowing an Islamic take over of nukes. using the Turkey accusations as cover for what is in reality a joint venture with Erdogan? One thing is certain, if Turkey takes over this facility, then the US willfully allied it to happen.

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    I used to go to WUWT daily (actually several times a day when interesting stuff was going on) I now very rarely even go there, usually just a quick scan of topic and seldom even open a topic.
    The reasons are several. First off to my satisfaction the case is closed that the whole global warming pitch is based on garbage data, and intentionally misrepresented “facts”. There are so many things wrong with it from the homogenized, sliced diced, and slowly simmered constantly changing “raw data” to the fact the models have proven themselves to be unfit for purpose. The only sure bet in the climate debate is that the most recent prognostication in the news will be proven wrong in a matter of months, or will demonstrate a fatal flaw in the analysis.

    After reading about the same problems over and over and over again, it becomes clear there is literally nothing new under the sun on this topic. People are by and large just repackaging the same issues with new wrapping paper every few months.

    Second and most importantly is that I also noticed the shift of demeanor toward a clickish core group who have slowly gotten more oppressive in their dogma and less tolerant of alternate views. The final straw is when I saw that begin to reflect the behavior of the AGW folks with abusive behavior towards folks that did not keep in step with the drummer.

    I agree some of it is probably driven by the need to grow the site, and feed clicks and that has damaged the stature of the site as it appears to be in the process of becoming just another echo chamber with low tolerance for alternate views and a small oligarchy of primary commentators.

    Except for breaking news issues, I find no need to go there anymore as noted by others above.

    I also of late have decided the brain damage caused by trying to explain view points to some dogmatic individuals is just not worth the effort and frustration it causes. In almost all cases they are not trainable, and incapable of looking at new concepts with an open mind and even if, in the end they understand the alternate view point they refuse to have the good manners to agree to disagree on certain points of discussion to move the discussion on to further development of other elements of the discussion.

  77. David A says:

    Larry, blood pressure can skyrocket dealing with dogmatic postions, especially if they are pro’s at it. I do occasionally go after it when at larger audience sites, ( Brietbatt, American Thinker, or even townhall) because the skeptics there te,d to be less knowledgable and the trolls more numerous. Invariably they degenerate into charges of “fossil fuel funding” incessantly.

    Larry have you looked for the latest on the airfield in Turkey?

  78. David A says:

    @Gail, I have long been amazed at how poorly Fox news articulated positions, yes a step above most ” conservative” politicians, but very poorly.

    Sean Hannity reports on immigration, Islam and his record on calling out the Os past are a welcome exception.

  79. David A says:

    Sorry for the typos, complete computer crash, phone only.

  80. Gail Combs says:

    David A,
    Mostly rumours on the Turkey issue.
    Incirlik Air Base:
    – Holds 90 Nuclear Weapons
    – Used by NATO and US
    – Used to strike ISIS
    – No power, food water, a siege
    Erdogan demanded that US arrest or hand over his enemy Fethullah Gulen (living in the Poconos) who he blames for the coup attempt

    Some 7,000 armed police with heavy vehicles surrounded Incirlik air base in Adana used by NATO forces amid rumors of coup attempt
    THEN Followed by
    Reporters say that it was just a rehearsal, adding “it is calm and quite now in Incirlik”

    Erdogan’s made a decision in 2015 to give safe refuge to five Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders who were living in exile in Qatar and evicted after the Gulf States pressured Qatar to stop supporting extremist terrorists. (Remember Obummer supports the Muslim Brotherhood too and it is not listed as a terrorist organization in the USA.)

    All military dependents (spouses and children) in Turkey were ordered by the Defense Department to leave Turkey back on March 29, 2016.


    Erdogan govt believes the American air base was involved in the Coup attempt against Turkish govt.

  81. Gail Combs says:

    Background cont:

    Connections between Clinton and acolytes of the imam, Fethullah Gulen, could muddle the complex relationship between the U.S. and Turkey

    Gulen’s followers have donated heavily to Hillary’s campaign and the Clinton Foundation

  82. Gail Combs says:

    Background Cont.

    Galloping Camel will hate this. Gulen is using the Charter school system to promote Islam/Sharia and get funds from the USA to fund training activities in Turkey.

    Mary Addi, A Former Gulen Charter School Teacher

    Something of a money laundering scheme using US tax payer money for schools to fund terrorist in the ME.

    One public school teacher from the South spoke with Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook on condition of anonymity, said her students recently won a free cultural trip to Turkey through an art contest sponsored by a Gülen organization called the Atlantic Institute.
    The teacher had a terrible experience. “They take you on this grueling 10-day death march through Turkey,” said the teacher. “It was exhausting.”
    “After being food deprived the Gülenist hosts brought us to a building called the Journalist and Writer’s “light house” which was a compound.  This is where we got the cult spiel for 2 hours. The speaker told us, ‘Fethullah Gülen, he is the imam that sheds light on the dark waters of our time,’” said the teacher.
    “This trip was not about a moderate message of interfaith dialogue or Turkish culture. The whole purpose was to promote the imam Fethullah Gülen,” said the teacher.
    The teacher added, “the Gülen movement’s ultimate goal is to open charter schools in the U.S. to funnel U.S. tax dollars to back into the Gülen movement in Turkey. They skim just enough off the public taxpayers from these charter schools so it won’t look suspicious.”
    Gülen schools are among the nation’s largest users of the H1B visas. In 2009, the schools received government approvals for 684 visas – more than Google Inc. (440) but fewer than a technology powerhouse such as Intel Corp. (1,203),

  83. Gail Combs says:

    Charter School Watch

    Map of Gulen Schools

    There is more on following the money trail but I can’t find it right now.

  84. Gail Combs says:

    Bact to the US base in Turkey. Alternate news source and probably closer to the truth:




  85. Jeff says:

    Gulen versus Erdogan is one of those battles where you want both sides to lose. In Köln right now there is a huge political rally going on, supposedly a “demonstration”, sponsored and filled by Erdogan supporters. 30,000 folks are supposed to show up for the Erdogan side, perhaps as many in opposition. There are only 2700 police there (at last count) to attempt to control this situation, and Erdogan has been warned not to send a representative (but he has) and not to appear on a feed from Turkey (which he is attempting).

    The head of the police has said he will shut off the feed, if attempted, and will close down the whole demo, if needed. The various machinations have gone all the way to Germany’s highest court in a matter of hours – had no idea the slogging wheels of justice and bureaucracy could turn that fast. At the same time, there are reports of Turkey infiltrating the CDU, Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union (who folks say lost the “C” some time ago). An investigation is planned.

    Then again, this is Turkey, who are holding millions of “refauxgees” as a rather large bargaining chip with Merkel and Europe. The Moslem population of Köln and environs is more that 10 percent, which is reportedly the “tail-wagging-the-dog” point at which Sharia/no-go-zones start being forced upon the host society. Greece, another of Germany’s favorite charities (not) are probably shaking in their collective shoes (pardon the pun).

    Fascinating, informative, and scary links (and great research) you’ve been putting up. The amount of corruption and globalistic inbreeding and intrigue going on is troubling, to say the least.

  86. Glenn999 says:

    I really appreciate you detailed posts and all of the research that goes into it. Makes my head buzz with wonder. Which leads to the question if this topic has been covered in the popular media, such as works of fiction in book or film format?

  87. beng135 says:

    EM, thought you might find this interesting:

    Titled “UP Board: The Raspberry Pi killer? // Review “

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have seen one tweet that access to Incirlik has been restored after a 4 hour shutdown (came out about 6 hours ago). Shortly before that, a tweet that :

    Arrest warrants issued for 44 high ranking bureaucrats inc. governors w/ Gülen links, 33 detained: Ankara Prosecutor –

    All coverage of that has pretty much disappeared now, currently the hot items are pro and anti Erdogan protests in Cologne Germany and a major push In Aleppo started with large car bombs, to create a new supply route.


  89. David Ball says:

    Thank you for your excellent responses all. It is very funny to me that virtually everything posted at WUWT flies in the face of the dogma being spread on that field ( a little manure reference there lol ).
    I am glad to know you are posting here Gail, as your research capabilities are second to none.
    Always informative and always with an eye on the gang of global governance.
    Witness my father who has been steadfast in his approach to exposing dogma with every article.
    I am hoping you folks will at least read Dr. Ball’s articles. Clearly I am a little bias towards his views, but believe me when I say, whenever we talk, I ask him the hard questions.

    Thank you all once again.

  90. Gail Combs says:

    Send my highest Regards to your Father. His sacrifices in the name of truth is very much appreciated at least by me.

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just for grins I started searching around for some images of the commonly cited charts and graphs used for telling why skeptics doubt global warming “science”.

    I stumbled across this page, has a fun little online test on it you might find useful for pointing people to.


  92. gallopingcamel says:

    @Larry Ledwick,

    Nobody seems to attack Scotese even though his work is at odds with CO2 as a major climate driver.

  93. gallopingcamel says:

    When and where will the meet and greet be? I would hate to miss it!

  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    Nobody seems to attack Scotese even though his work is at odds with CO2 as a major climate driver.

    I think there are two primary reasons for that. First they don’t want to draw attention to the fact that geological history absolutely conflicts with the major premise of AGW (ie a correlation between CO2 and temperature), and also the minor premise that somehow the current temps are extreme in the historical record. They are only extreme if you leave out everything prior to the little ice age period.

    Second there are really very little to attack scientifically, since the geological record and study or historical temperatures to understand the ice ages, is a cross discipline body of knowledge which is very deep, and well represented in the literature. Much easier to assert issues that are more obscure and easier to muddle with FUD.

  95. gallopingcamel says:

    Here is a video that describes the Seth Rich assassination.

    This sort of thing was “Business as Usual” in Mexico when I was living there. Investigative journalists and whistle blowers were routinely assassinated.

    Someone please tell me that this is not happening here.

  96. Gail Combs says:

    “Someone please tell me that this is not happening here.”

    The only reason it is not happening her is because the entire MSM is bought and paid for. If they get out of line they get fired and blacklisted.

    And yes it does happen that they get ‘erased’ The Clinton body count is over 50 now heading towards 60 pretty fast.

  97. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting video but it is clearly Russian disinformation.


    It is common to declare foreign diplomats PNG (persona non grata) as a way of sending a signal to another government which has stepped out of bounds.

    That said, like all disinformation it “must” have a considerable body of verifiable information to give it veracity. As all Russian Media releases, it should be taken with a large grain of salt and you should ask yourself what benefit would Russia gain if American viewers followed their lead. The purpose of disinformation is to “steer and nudge” public opinion in a specific direction to create the conditions for some future action.

    This clearly steers views to perceive elements of the US government to be horribly corrupt and sinister. (that may in fact be true) but this could also just be using the PNG diplomats as a cover element of verifiable truth to give veracity to the story. The event that triggered it the soviet guard tackling the person on the sidewalk was bazaar and smelled like an intentional Russian provocation from the get go.

    It could also be true that the hit team was Russian sponsored and the person shot was one of their pawns or players who became expendable or a threat (or simply to play into this ploy). There are more than one reasonable story line behind the video given the complexity and multiple layers in government espionage games. Given it came directly from Russian sources (repeated favorable mentions of SVR doing the US government favors and the difficulty the narrator has with fluent reading of the text as two examples of clues toward that conclusion). That would be like the CIA preparing a video explaining how they broke up (or tried to break up) an assignation attempt on a Russian by Putin. The event ( a Clinton backed assassination) is plausible but the public bragging about their attempts to expose it is highly unlikely. They would take private credit with the US govt, and carry it as a marker for future use not paint it in technicolor for all to see. It also sends a subtle message about SVR electronic monitoring operations that can only be to raise their status in comparison to the perceived abilities of the US. and perhaps to sow a seed of fear as well that they are out there and constantly monitoring.

    Never the less, I have no doubt personally that the Clinton’s have some very dirty laundry and their history of crushing opponents makes it difficult to dismiss the story line entirely.

    The one thing you can be very sure of, is the obvious story is not true, and other games are in play, the real question is who is the mark and who is the puppet master?

    Also I have suspected for a long time that Infowars and Alex Jones is an agent provocateur for the Russians. He just too often is the initial source of rumors and extreme claims that have the same off the wall smell of misinformation to stir up the radical right into doing something stupid.

    The experience with agent provocateurs in the anti Castro Cuban community is that often the most extreme right wing nuts who ranted about Castro were in fact shills for Castro setting up action minded anti Castro folks for take downs. When you get that feeling that “Me thinks he protests too much” about some agitator for a cause you have to include in the possibilities that they are using their extreme position to screen them from serious scrutiny.

    Even the guys in the intelligence community often have great difficulty figuring out who is doing what to who so the average citizen is really a leaf in the wind when it comes to making sense of all the conflicting info.

  98. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little background information on Khizr Khan, it appears he is not just some random Muslim who had a son in the US military, but an immigration activist lawyer, and supporter of the politics of the Muslim Brotherhood.


  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    While digging through the info from the above link stumbled on an interesting topic.
    E-discovery the process of capturing and culling electronic data for possible use in legal proceedings.
    This led to a term called de-NISTing, which is an effort to cull out “standard files” from computer systems that are part of the OS and standard application installs. That in turn led me to a link on the National Software Reference Library (which apparently is not all that impressive but perhaps useful)


    This is just a dig hear item which might be useful at some date in the future.

  100. Larry Ledwick says:

    And here we have counterpoint to the Russian Connections Trump may have with a look at Hillary’s cash connections to Russia.
    Perhaps pot calling kettle black problem here.


  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting look at who is buying US stocks.
    Apparently there is a shift taking place where foreign buyers are shifting from official institutions to private buyers.

    ” official institutions abroad raced out of U.S. stocks and bonds with $26 billion of outflows. Private buyers abroad were, by contrast, net buyers of U.S. securities”


  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm all sorts of interesting news items breaking today. Corporate payoffs to local power brokers are not really anything new it has been going on for ever but here is another item on that subject of another HRC connection.


  103. Jeff says:

    Interesting that according to that article, the bulk of the ISIS oil is smuggled to Turkey. Looks like Erdogan and his lot are even less helpful to Europe (and the West) than previously thought, if that’s possible. Looks like “the insiders” are weaving a very tangled web indeed… Methinks Greece and Italy are trembling, waiting for the other two million shoes to drop.

  104. Jon K says:

    Interesting article on the current oil wars OPEC vs shale fracking. Also, I just love some of the terminology used in the article. The Brits really know how to turn a phrase.


  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes Turkey also looked the other way when oil was smuggled out of Iraq during our efforts to shut down the insurgency and AQI. There is clearly an agenda here the question is — exactly who is driving the agenda? It is probably several opportunists all taking advantage of the situation for their own benefit. Russia to protect their Mediterranean sea port (and to get leverage over Turkey if they tried to shut off the Bosporus since their Syrian port would allow them action from both sides.

    The Turks to shut down PKK and enhance fundamental Islam both at home and abroad. Signs are that Erdogan wants to eventually “inherit” the legitimate claim to the caliphate from ISIS.

    Iran partnering with Russia for mutual benefit and to enhance Shia influence in the region and to bloody the nose of the US and the Saudies in any way that they can. They also need access to northern Iraq and Syria to efficiently support their proxies against Israel.


  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    A summary of the Chinese spy busted by the FBI that is making news today.

  107. E.M.Smith says:


    Yes, there’s a few of us, like Tallbloke, kindred spirits who had “other ideas to explore” and found it easier to ‘set up our own space’ than fight the MoshyZeakfeathers group and the “moderate” straitjacket on allowed thinking… I have a ‘style’ that is to start way outside the box, do a rapid look around, and only then start to narrow the search field. I’m usually hated by all sides ;-) First for looking at ‘crazy things’ and later for settling in on ‘not their hobby horse’…


    I’m presently running on a copy of CrunchBang with a good enough browser for wordpress to like it (on an old laptop). So I’m out of excuses for not posting ;-) Just got it running from CD, and will later move / install a copy onto a USB drive. I’m free of the tablet!! Yay!!!

  108. Looks like I fat fingered something in the href – iPad keyboard fatal…


  109. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. …”“other ideas to explore”….

    That is why I had a bit of disgust with the piling on at WUWT.

    We do not KNOW everything. Tallbloke and co. have found interesting stuff. Correlation may not be causation but it is the place to start.

    Most scientific discovers are heralded by “That’s Funny…”

  110. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some more deep info on Kazer Khan and his relationships with Clinton, a law firm that represents Saudi Arabia (which has donated $25+ Million to the Clinton Foundation) and the law firm which is her tax attorney.


    It would clearly be in his self interest (and Clintons) for a Muslim lawyer with deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and Saudi Arabia, and who runs a law firm which specializes in immigration to protest the temporary limits on unvetted immigrants from centers of terrorism and violent Jihad.

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    ISIS speaks on the issue of whether or not they are Islamic and if Islam is a religion of peace.
    Shot answer = Yes what are you an idiot?


  112. E.M.Smith says:


    Per Obama and the military… saw today that some new ship was being named the “Harvey Milk” after the San Francisco politician who was both gay and murdered (though no strong connection between them IIRC, but I could be wrong. The one of the famous “Twinkey Defense”…

    Then they said that the whole class was going to be named for social activists and culture warriors or some such… At this rate, why not just paint them all pink…

    @All: (Per long slow recovery):

    They have just screwed with the data enough to claim an near infinitesimal growth when it is in fact a slight recession. First off, all that massive government debt is spent, and is added to GDP making it look positive, when in real terms we are going out of business. I.e. a statistical fraud. Then under Regan the inflation stats were screwed with so now “prices on what you buy rise each year, but your wage are less, so net zero inflation!”… (Yes, it’s that bad…)

    It isn’t a recovery, it’s a stagnation liquidity trap with stealth inflation.

    That whole Gulen thing just seems like a great reason to have neither side in our country… We don’t need a new “middle east” in the USA.

  113. E.M.Smith says:


    That’s an interesting board, but not going to be a Pi Killer. It’s a different market and a different price point. At $100 / board, it just isn’t in that “what the heck” price range. Then that USB 3.0 is only on one port, and that’s the OTG port. No wifi and bluetooth built in, so add $20 to the actual cost… At that point a used PC is in the same price / performance range and includes the peripherals…

    THE thing that makes the Pi special is that insanely low price point.

    Prior to the Pi 3 I’d have gone for this as a ‘real desktop’ but the Pi 3 meets my usability lower bounds, so I now have what I need. Still, if I needed a lot more computes for some reason, and / or a real Intel chipset (like for a cross build machine with easier set up… Intel to Intel) I’d go for it.

  114. E.M.Smith says:

    @David Ball:

    Didn’t know you were related…. I read all your Dad’s stuff as I find it. Please add my highest regards and thanks to those from others. He always impressed me as the “truth first” right stuff kind of guy.


    I’m likely to be ‘in town’ for the next dozen days. I’ve (finally!) gotten my major “must do’s” either done or lined up for completion. I’ll post something with ‘ideas’ in a day or two. Either a modest price dinner place or somewhere like the World Of Beer ;-)

    Per “It’s not happening”: Sorry, but it is. Just more professional grade and fewer loose ends.


    That’s why I didn’t go into the spook business – to many levels of indirection and reversal-for-effect… Well, that, and they didn’t respond to my resume ;-) Then you get the whole level of “useful idiots” where the true believers for each side get fed ‘freebies’ by the other side… Are they agents? They don’t think so…

    Per the e-discovery and NIST-ing and all: Guess why I use a constantly shifting array of hardware / software and have as close to zero “social media” accounts as possible?… I’m actually a bit uncomfortable just with what gets posted as a blog operator… but I think the cause is worth the risk.

    WRT Russia (With Respect To): Trump / Putin are two opponents who can work with each other and respect power. Hillary / Putin are rat and Snow Cat, one played the other waiting for the best time to have that tasty snack…

    I’m just not sure if Putin is satisfied with buying Hillary or want’s to use the blackmail aspect of payments too..

    Just like the Saudi / Muslim connection to HRC… bribe or blackmail or both or?…


    Turkey likes to pretend they are European… but increasingly the reality is otherwise. Eventually the “foot in each world” will turn into 2 feet marching one way… and not toward the Western Ideals. At Best they were able to slow the decay of those western ideas that founded their country. That decay is now exponentially increasing…

  115. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yeah it will be a USNS ship auxiliary support vessel (ie not combat vessel but a support ship like an oiler)
    It will probably be manned by Military Sealift Command with civilians. It would be a nightmare for service men they would get never ending ribbing for that shipboard assignment. Harvey Milk was a coworker of Senator Feinstein as I recall in San Francisco and is her go to excuse for her efforts on gun control so he is a minor saint in the Democratic party and icon for gun violence.

  116. gallopingcamel says:

    Larry Ledwick,
    Thanks for the “Skolkovo” link. The MSM is grilling Trump about his links to Russia and Putin. Somehow they failed to ask Hillary Clinton about the millions of dollars that Russian oligarchs gave to the Clinton foundation. Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a single speech!

    Transferring military technology to a foreign power used to be called TREASON. Both of the Clintons deserve 15 years in prison for this deal alone.

    Fortunately even though the Main Stream Media only publishes news that suits their left wing agenda it won’t matter as Wikileaks will present factual information to the public no matter whose ox gets gored.

  117. gallopingcamel says:

    @Gail Combs,
    If the Clinton’s are responsible for even a few of the sudden deaths that have overtaken people like Vince Foster and Seth Rich they can be compared to Al Capone. The FBI never charged him for murder but they did get him for tax evasion.

  118. gallopingcamel says:

    Hillary Clinton is a very secretive person. She can’t tell the truth to the American people which is why she set up her private server in the first place. Fortunately the server got hacked so some of her secrets are now in the hands of foreign governments and Wikileaks.

    The next revelation will relate to Hillary’s disastrous policies in Syria. “Fast & Furious” on streoids:

    There will be much more to come over the next three months. Julian Assange will twist the knife given the way Hillary’s State Department treated him. The truth will set us free.

    The Justice Department won’t be able to find an indictment in any of it. We used to believe the movies that portrayed an incorruptible FBI but who can believe today’s FBI is not corrupt? Are there any US institutions left that are not corrupt? For decades the elites have run the country for their own benefit……..no matter how much they steal they are immune to prosecution.

    Hillary’s funding model requires the donor class to contribute to Super PACs. Once the “Trade Unions”, “Chamber of Commerce”, “Banks”, “Academia”, “Greenies” and other major players like George Soros have chipped in their millions they expect a seat at the table to ensure their investment is returned 10 fold at the taxpayers expense.

    The “Donor Class” that has contributed to the GOP in the past does not support Donald Trump. Last week the Koch brothers said they will not support either candidate in 2016 and they are not alone. The Koch’s and their ilk won’t get a seat at Donald Trump’s table, which should greatly benefit “We the People”.

    Clinton relies on the “Donor Class” and $1,000 per plate dinners. Trump is running dinners at $25 per plate with contributions limited to $250.

    So who represents the fat cats and who represents us little people?

  119. Larry Ledwick says:

    The capacity of humans to repeatedly take off running toward a brick wall never ceases to amaze me.
    Looks like Australia is about to run into the bubble busting wall as banks pull back from truly crazy real estate valuations.


  120. David A says:

    Larry you talked about US Saudi Sunni interests, and Iran Russia Shia interests.

    My observation is that Obama appears to support Shia in Iran, Sunni in Saudi and against Syria, the MB in Egypt.

    Conjecture; a primary reason Islam has failed to unite is that the fundamental barbaric submitt or die ideology of Islam invariably eats itself.

    The Goal of uniting Shia Sunni and Islam against Israel, Europe and the US may ever fail, but is this the Os objective?

    If so, what role would an Islamic Turkey play?

  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think we make a mistake if we assume that there is one over riding goal, much more likely in my mind that it is a series of opportunistic “what ever works”, goals. In Saudi Arabia, you support Sunni interests because that is where the power is. The goal may be “negative” rather than “positive”, ie not supporting a specific villain but rather supporting which ever villain has leverage to hurt the group you wish to hurt (ie Israel, strong and capable US military). It makes more sense to me if you look at things from the point of view of who/what is her tearing down rather than who/what he is supporting.

    You also have to remember you have multiple puppet masters in this stage play and they may (probably don’t) have the same agenda.

    Islamic Turkey positions Erdogan to eventually be the power leader who will inherit the Caliphate when ISIS is effectively broken. He in my mind is not a big fan of the Saudi’s and traditionally has a love hate relationship with Russia. Russia is the big bully on the block so better to make peace with him on some issues to accomplish mutual goals, but keep him at arms length because sooner or later you are going to get in a scrap with him.

    I think the problem people are having putting Obama in a cubby hole is he does not think like that. He is absolutely mercenary and will work with anyone to get what he wants. Has not ethical limits that prevent him working with a country that in another part of the world is an enemy, if it helps him get what he whats in another location.

    Remember the basic element of the Cloward and Piven strategy was to over load the system to create chaos. It was not to build any specific thing but to cause lots of small incremental damages that could be levered into major unrest which once bad enough eventually opens the door for a classic crack down in the old Soviet mold. Workers revolt would not work in the west because people were comfortable enough that they were not willing to march in the streets. But you can get people to march in the streets if you piss them off enough about targets of opportunity, and step on enough toes so everyone is constantly wasting energy trying to “save their country” as they imagine it.

    That’s my take on it – don’t try to figure out who he “supports” look at who/what he constantly tries to damage by any means available.

    He is trying to break the old longstanding peaceful powerful west, and create general chaos to advance a globalist agenda where the various Oligarchies can merge their interests via a one world government and each skim the cream in their local areas of influence.

  122. Larry Ledwick says:

    By the way interesting link on Russian hacking behavior. Are they showing off, or have reached a level of sophistication that they just don’t care?


  123. philjourdan says:

    @Glenn999 – And the spoon and the knife. ;-)

  124. philjourdan says:

    @Larry Ledwick:

    Israel might have done the hack and left bread crumbs pointing back to the Russians as cover.

    You never fail to wake me up from a rut in thinking. Now that is thinking outside the box – and a very plausible explanation. Israel will not be as clumsy and inept as Obama, but there is no love lost with Hillary there.

  125. Glenn999 says:

    Regis Llanfar

    Excellent link. I worked at NYPD headquarters for 4 1/2 years in the Identification section as a network administrator for the fingerprint matching systems. Didn’t get to know the police very well on a personal level, but most all of my coworkers were great guys and they made work a lot of fun. My experience working with that many police officers was that they represented a broad cross-section of society; all of the good and bad attributes that one would see with any large group of ordinary people.

  126. Larry Ledwick says:

    And now we have a web site deletion – appears Khizr Khan does not want folks to know he was making money off of unlimited Muslim immigration.


  127. Glenn999 says:

    phil jourdan
    @Glenn999 – And the spoon and the knife. ;-)

    I guess I must be dense. Please explain :}

  128. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting little bit about how many folks would help a stranger in need. It appears the US is not so selfish as the left wants you to believe.
    Looks like Japan, France, Venezuela, Croatia and Madagascar are at the bottom of the list.

  129. philjourdan says:

    @Glenn999 – Sorry, your quote of Yogi in context with your comment struck me as funny (meeting to have a bite to eat with E.M.), so I added the spoon and knife. just my weird sense of humor.

  130. Gail Combs says:

    ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’

    Khizr Khan with all the poking around by cyber investigators has taken down his website showing he sells entry into the USA to muslims.

    Then there is this: Khizr Khan -A Miserable Con of Saudi Intervention

    No wonder I could not figure out whether he was in the United Arab Emirates or in Saudi Arabia before coming to the USA.

    His background does NOT make any sense… Lots of lies/conflicting evidence.

  131. philjourdan says:

    @GailCombs – Many people think Trump is not politically astute. And that may be. But he is a scholar on human behavior. I suspect he knows what he is doing and before this is done with, Khan will not be mentioned at all. The layers of the onion are peeling.

  132. Larry Ledwick says:

    It is almost by definition if you are a crony of Obama or Clinton you are up to your ear lobes in borderline or out right corrupt activities. As such you can almost guarantee that anyone they trot out like Khan has some dirty laundry to air.

    If the media was not completely complicit this stuff would have come out the next day after the convention speech.

    I keep hoping that after they get embarrassed enough times for lack of due diligence, they would start to do some digging on their own, at least to protect their reputation, but alas they appear to not care about that as long as someone is stupid enough to buy advertising on their program, and they have enough clueless fools watching.

  133. Gail Combs says:

    First the trust in the MSM was down to 6% and that was BEFORE the DNC-WIKIleaks. Gallop tried to cover it up by adding the trust and somewhat trust buckets together the last couple times they polled. They did not do that several years ago. However eight years of getting screwed and then lied to has awakened people.

    Second Trump is dumb like a fox. You can be darn sure he had Kahn researched before he said anything. You do not build a multi-billion dollar company by shooting from the hip. Also Trump is well aware he has a group of supporters ready, willing and able to do the digging and get the word out on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and in MSM comment sections.

    Hillary has paid agents but they are just trying to poison the well and create doubt. They have scripted talking points but are no match for informed voters.

  134. Larry Ledwick says:

    From a couple of comments he has made, I think he also belongs to the school of “there is no such thing as bad publicity”. He makes outrageous statements and sucks all the oxygen out of the media coverage. In a few weeks the folks likely to vote for him forgive and forget because he is the only one talking about what they care about. The one thing I have seldom seen is how many traditional Democrats are going to jump tickets this year and go for him rather than HRC. I suspect a lot of folks in the coal and rust belt are in that category. I am not sure the Democrats have really gotten a grasp on that yet. They may be so impressed with their attack journalism that they have not noticed.

    By hopping from topic to topic he also defuses their finely tuned attack ads. By the time they are prepared and ready to air, there is a new kerfuffle to deal with, so they get no traction when they run them as they are news from 2 days ago.

    I agree he is re-writing the rules of political media relations and how to get coverage.

  135. Glenn999 says:

    phil jourdan
    It was so long ago with the fork in the road quote, I didn’t scroll back up far enough. Anyway, I’m overdue for my cranium implant. Found a super charger on ebay. Should do the trick.

  136. Gail Combs says:


    Trump certainly is all about the ‘There is no such thing as bad publicity.’

    As far as the Dem, voting base, I think ~ 1/2 were Bernie supporters and the DNC REALLY REALLY ticked them off but good by literally locking the Bernie delegates out of the Convention. They then brought in paid scabs. This includes the ENTIRE California block! As a matter of fact the last poll I saw actually left out the 18 to 35 demographics in their polls so that is a major indication that Hillary lost that group bog time to either Jill or the Donald. WORSE this group is unreliable and usually do not vote but they are so ticked they WILL vote and the will vote against Hillary.

    One of the major concerns of the Bernie block and the Union/Blue collar people is JOBS, and that means trade deals. Trump keeps hammering the fact that our jobs have gone out of country and Obummercare is putting a strain on already low wages.

    His second point is the major rise in crime which he connects to poor schools and inner city unemployment with a touch on our police. This also goes over well for those trying to run a business or going to work in the inner cities. Most blacks and Hispanics DO NOT LIKE drugs, gangs, crime and unemployment.

    It is tough to tell but I think he has grabbed a chunk of the Bernie supporters, those not going Green party. I think he has locked in the blue collar types. Trump really connects with them and feels comfortable with them. And he has a much bigger slice of the legal Hispanic vote. “El Patrón” resonates because they respect an Alpha Male.

    As a bit of a sign of how angry the American voter is, Tim Huelskamp a VERY RABID, Trump hater looks like he is about to lose his re-election bid.
    HE LOST!!! Race has been officially called for Marshall.
    Huelskamp was up 9 points in the middle of July, towards the end the race narrowed to where he lead only by 1 point.

    After 72% reporting Marshall is winning by 14%….. So the polls were off by ~15% if nothing mch changes.

    Paul Nehlen is challenging Lying Ryan the house speaker who has betrayed us. He is getting a lot of across the country grass roots support. (Donations can be made HERE) The primary is next week, Tuesday August 9th.

    The biggest concern is Voter Fraud. The voting system in the USA stinks so much the UN observers were horrified during the last election.

    To commit successful voter fraud you have to have a close race… or the illusion of a close race as illustrated above. This is turning out to be a major problem. Because you have to rig the polls leading up to the race and then rig the exit polls. Normally you can flip the votes by as much as 3%

    Pat Caddell: Pro-Clinton Media Bias Is a ‘Terrifying Crisis in Democracy

  137. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes DJT is very comfortable with blue collar workers. Not sure is you saw it but at a young man his dad would take him to job sites and chat with the workers the plumbers, carpenters, steel workers etc.that built his projects. He does not need to play act to be comfy with real trades people he grew up in an environment where his dad respected their hard work and knew that they were the ones who built and fixed his projects.
    Trades people can sense that familiarity, they don’t even need to talk to you, a simple nod of the head from him as he walks by tells them he sees them as equals, they have a specialty he depends on and it is both smart business and good manners to give them their due.

    Like your comment on Hispanics liking a strong alpha male, same applies to the trades they respect a man who will get in their face and tell them like it is and will not put up with nonsense from the white collar folks who sometimes make their life miserable.

    Like I said in the past, there are some things about him that bother me, but much rather have a straight shooter who does exactly what he says he will do than some lifelong manipulator who you can never be sure who’s side she is on.

    I wonder if his recent statements equating her with the devil will have folks saying she is the antichrist in various prophecies.

    This incident tells me everything I need to know about HRC.

  138. gallopingcamel says:

    Gail Combs, 31 July 2016 at 1:47 pm
    “Galloping Camel will hate this. Gulen is using the Charter school system to promote Islam/Sharia and get funds from the USA to fund training activities in Turkey.”

    I don’t hate this….I applaud it. Central control of K-12 education is based on the idea that local control opens the door to schools promoting specific religions (e.g Islam or Buddism) or ideologies (e.g. Communism or Neo-Nazism).

    If the local community can find enough parents to make a Gulen style school viable it should be supported just like any other charter school. Once you insist that the government at state or federal level can ban “Undesirable” types of schools you get what we have today. Government mandated mediocrity. Yugo quality at Cadillac prices. One size fits all which translates into no choice for parents. Our rulers don’t care about the poor quality of our government schools because their children attend private schools.

    For a truly vibrant and high performing education system you have to allow local communities the freedom to run schools that make sense to them, just as Donald Trump proposes in “Crippled America”. There will be some spectacular failures but those won’t matter as much as the inspiring successes. Market forces destroy mediocrity.

    To illustrate this, FREE set up six charter schools and each of them is different because they responded directly to the local community rather than state or federal government. The (YUPPY) parents of the Woods CS wanted their kids to excel in the SAT so that school ranks in the top 5 (out of 350) high schools in North Carolina year after year:

    In contrast the Carter CS was set up in drug infested part of Durham and its students score in the 4th quartile in the ABC tests. This is my favourite school for the reasons explained here:

  139. gallopingcamel says:

    Donald Trump is living rent free in Obama’s head. How else can you explain his absurd tirade against Trump today.

    Jimmy Carter is by far the worst president since WW2 but historians may find that Obama was worse still given that he set race relations back 30 years while making us less safe at home, less safe overseas and doubling the federal debt.

    Yet Obama had the arrogance to say that he was right while McCain and Romney were wrong. Can you believe that Romney and McCain criticized Trump instead of Obama? Time to get rid of the RINOs and build a new GOP that looks after workers rather than the establishment.

  140. Gail Combs says:

    So why is the MSM using agenda polls instead of factual polls?
    1. To sway your vote.
    2. To steal the election.

    Voting Machine Manufacturer Diebold Charged Over Bribery, Fraud, And “Worldwide Pattern Of Criminal Conduct”

    So the Diebold name becomes synomus with fraud. No problem sell the company to your BROTHER!
    Securitas agrees to acquire Diebold’s North American Electronic Security business

  141. Gail Combs says:

    Lots of facts about US voting machines (with links) HERE

    The Computer nerds put together a great site on voting machines looking at the manufacturer and type by county throughout the USA. It is a great site that I am sure you guys will enjoy… If it doesn’t scare you to death!
    The Verifier – Polling Place Equipment – Current

  142. philjourdan says:

    @Glenn999 – I was away for a few days and just catching up, so I should have requoted your statement for clarity. mea Culpa.

  143. Gail Combs says:

    gallopingcamel, I agree with you…. Up to a point.

    What we have is several issues.
    1. MASSIVE Influx of Muslims.
    2. Gulen Schools with teachers IMPORTED FROM TURKEY!
    3. Muslim Mosques built by Saudi Arabia and a Imam IMPORTED FROM SAUDI ARABIA!

    This means these new immigrants DO NOT assimilate instead you end up with No-Go zones and we see where that has lead in Europe.

    4. Breitbart: Islamic State answers Pope Francis: Ours is a religious war and we hate you
    5. The French finding weapons and explosives stashed in Mosques.
    6. Erdogan’s call to mobilize the faithful using the Mosques. Some mosques are ‘army’ recruiting and training centers.
    7. Erdogan wants to be Caliph of the new Ottoman Empire

    Stages of Islamic Conquest
    Muslim population around:
    1% – peace-loving minority; not a threat to anyone
    2% to 3% – proselytize and major recruiting from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from jails and among street gangs:
    5% – force concessions for halal, prayer, and washing. Push for self-rule under Sharia Law. Threats for failure to comply.
    10% – increase protests and lawlessness to complain about their conditions. Anything offensive to Islam will result in uprisings and threats
    20% – expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogueburning
    40% – widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare
    60% – unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels
    80% – State run ethnic cleansing and genocide
    100% – the Islamic House of Peace — because everybody is a Muslim
    From Dr Peter Hammond’s book, Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat:

    In the following table, the yardstick defined by Dr Hammond has been applied to Muslim population by districts in India. As expected, Dr Peter Hammond’s hypothesis holds true.

    The USA is now about 1% Muslim and rapidly heading towards 2-3% thanks to our Muslim-in-Chief.

    Those Gulen Charter Schools are TROJAN HORSES from a FOREIGN COUNTRY used for stage 2 – proselytize and major recruiting. As such they should be viewed by Americans not as schools but as ‘Threats Foreign and Domestic’

    The problem is creeping totalitarian dictatorship is hiding under the cover of ‘religion.’ Wedding the iron grip of a dictator to a religion has been a tried and true recipe for success since the Pharaoh God-Kings.

    Hopefully you will realize that islam is a POLITICAL SYSTEM and rank and file muslims are directed to subjugate/kill ALL non-muslims world wide. It is Completely antithetical to our enlightened civilization but much to the liking of the Globalist Totalitarians.

    …Dr. Warner’s training in scientific theory [Phd physics] and mathematics shaped how he analyzed Islamic doctrine. The first step was realizing that the Islamic texts had been made deliberately difficult to read and comprehend. A program, the Trilogy Project (see below), was created to strip away the confusion in the texts. It became clear that Islam is not constructed on the same civilizational principles as the rest of the world. Simple statistical methods revealed that dualism and submission were the foundational principles of Islamic doctrine.

    Statistical methods applied to the Islamic texts showed that:

    * Islam is far more of a political system than a religion.
    * There is no unmitigated good in Islam for the Kafir (non-Muslim).
    * Islam’s ethical system is dualistic and is not based on the Golden Rule.
    * Islamic doctrine cannot be reconciled with our concepts of human rights and our Constitution.
    * The great majority, 96%, of all Islamic doctrine about women subjugates them.
    * The Sunna (what Mohammed did and said) is more important than the Koran in a Muslim’s daily life.


  144. Gail Combs says:

    Darn, Sorry I did not close a bold tag.

  145. philjourdan says:


    Time to get rid of the RINOs and build a new GOP that looks after workers rather than the establishment.

    Actually no. That is what conservatives tried to do. And that is why we have Trump. It is time for a new party. It will be painful at first. And it will be a minority party at first. But you cannot change what does not want to change, and the Republican party leadership has shown they love being Democrat-lites. For the rest of us that want a choice, the Republican party is no choice.

  146. Gail Combs says:

    Here is the complete comment by Obummer about Trump.

    “I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president. I said so last week. He keeps on proving it. The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family, that [General] Hayden — had made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he does not appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia.

    It means that he is woefully unprepared. This is not just my opinion. What’s been interesting has been the repeated denunciations of his statements by leading Republicans. Including the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader, prominent Republicans like John McCain. [Any doubts we now have a Uni-party?]

    The question they have to ask themselves is if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? What does this say about your party, that this is your standard bearer?

    This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily, and weekly, where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making. There has to be a point in which you say, this is not somebody I can support for president of the United States. Even if he purports to be a member of my party. And, you know, the fact that that has not yet happened makes some of these denunciations ring hollow.

    I don’t doubt their sincerity. I don’t doubt that they were outraged about some of the statements that Mr. Trump and his supporters made about the Khan family. But there has to come a point at which you say somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world. Because a lot of people depend on the White House getting stuff right. And this is different than just having policy disagreements.

    I recognize that they all profoundly disagree with myself or Hillary Clinton on tax policy or on certain elements of foreign policy. But you know, there have been Republican presidents with whom I disagreed with but I didn’t have a doubt that they could function as president…
    There has to come a point in which you say, enough. And the alternative is that the entire party, the Republican party, effectively endorses and validates the positions that are being articulated by Mr. Trump. And as I said in my speech last week, I don’t think that actually represents the views of a whole lot of Republicans out there.”

    WOW just WOW, If you did not think the DNC, the MSM and the GOP establishment are joined at the hip and all have the same goal (destruction of the USA) that speech, plus the DNC Wikileaks and the trashing of Trump by GOPe leaders proves it. All this bile from Trump’s single sentence about Kahn’s wife’s silence at a Convention nominating a candidate who is running on a single issue “Women’s Rights — I’m a Woman” (BTW Obama thanks for showing us the traitors in the GOP ranks. We are working hard to toss them out.)

    Oh, and about that lovely gold star family of a possible suicide terrorist bomber…

    Hillary Is Busted: The Real Booklet Hillary’s Man Was Carrying For Years Was The Muslim Shari’ah Constitution And NOT The U.S Constitution

    “In other words, the one he was carrying for years is his booklet on Sharia Law. The one he carried the other day was for photo ops and propaganda.” — Walid Shoebat

    …Khan never once wrote complementing the U.S. Constitution until Trump,  instead, in his booklet, The Sharia Explained (we copied shocking excerpts) of what the media failed to vet:  Khan’s real booklet clearly upholds Shari’ah while denouncing any other including any modern reforms to Islam. He concludes that Sharia should be “upheld in its original form” and that it has “no room for change” insisting that Muslims worldwide must be “subordinated to the Shari’ah”….
    So lets see the quote:

    “The Shari’ah-was completed during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammed, in the Quran and Sunnah. This brings up an important fact which is generally overlooked, that the invariable and basic rules of Islamic Law are only those prescribed in the Shari’ah (Quran and Sunnah), which are few and limited,” Khan continues to write: “All other juridical works which have been written during more than thirteen centuries are very rich and indispensable, but they must always be subordinated to the Shari’ah and open to reconsideration by all Muslims.”

    Thats it. There is no room for any modernization to Islam’s Shari’ah law. It is as clear as the sun. Khan even sums it up:

    “to Muslims, the Quran being the very word of God, it is the absolute authority from which springs the very conception of legality and every legal obligation.”

    Khan then jumps to instruct Muslims to use Al-Muwatta, the oldest book on Islamic Shari’ah law, written by Muwatta Imam Malik “to bring about legal uniformity in the Muslim nation”

    The ONLY attack point the Globalists have is bad temperament/unfit for office/mentally unstable. Never mind that SS says Hitlery has a real temper problem and that has been known for years.

  147. Gail Combs says:

    Such a great depiction of Hitlery. She can’t keep up with Trump’s energy on the campaign trail and she has a long trail of slimy scandals.

    After the Fire Marshals played dirty tricks in Ohio these last few rallies ….lock Trump in an elevator for 1/2 hour at one rally followed by a venue with capacity of 6,500 where marshal demands no more than 1000…. . Trump asked his followers if he should move to basketball stadiums (14,000 to 64,000) and received a resounding YES!

    If he can fill those venues the MSM, GOP and DNC will go explody head. I think he is taking a page out of Harry Truman’s campaign strategy.

  148. Gail Combs says:

    Phil Jourdan,

    Actually I think the grass roots is staging a mutiny and take over the GOP.

    The problem is we have been a sleep at the wheel and ALLOWED out party to be taken by stealth. A new party would be the same. Look at the Tea Party. No strong leadership, trashed and then taken over.

    However the retaking of the Republican party seems to be happening.
    Case in point. one of Globalist Ted Cruz’s biggest republican advocates, Tim Huelskamp (Kansas), lost his re-election bid with a primary challenge from Roger Marshall.

    The challenger won by 12% while a July 15th Poll Release: showed U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (+9) leading Republican primary challenger Roger Marshall, 47 percent to 38 percent.

    Now we have to do the same with Globalist Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House DONATE TO Paul Nehlen! hint hint. We can not out $$$ the Globalist Elite but we can do the small donations from across the nation and more important the feet on the ground knocking on doors and enthusiastically talking about our candidate. The replacement of Eric Cantor (Ex-Speaker of the House) with David Brat showed we can do it.

    Also we have to realize the “donor Class’ is separate from Tom Donohue and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – or, to put it another way, the Wall Street interests that currently controlled the GOP.

    An analysis that may be of interest GOPe Roadmap. Talks of the ousting of Eric Cantor and who the others are we need to give a boot out the door.

  149. Glenn999 says:

    You’ve probably already seen this, but for any others, you may find this interesting. I saw the video posted online with English subtitles, but I haven’t been able to find it again for some reason.

    Prime Minister of Hungary: Viktor Orbán’s presentation at the 27h Bálványos Summer Open University and Student Camp.

    excerpt: I am not Donald Trump’s campaign manager. I had never thought that it would seem to me that, of the candidates on offer, he would, after all, be the best option for Europe and Hungary.

  150. Gail Combs says:

    Larry you will get a kick out of what they did to the RINO that just got booted:


  151. philjourdan says:

    Gail, We (conservatives) have been trying to take the party back for awhile. Even though the Tea Party was “leaderless”, it has not been ineffective. Just look at Cantor (that was me – or many of me since he was my rep). But the leadership has not changed. And indeed the leadership is siding with the democrats to defeat conservatives. That is why I said it was time to abandon them. No matter how many 1s and 2s we elect, the leadership has not changed.

    I do not have a lot of years left. But I know I will not be voting for Republicans who are supported by the leadership. I do not like proxy voting for democrats when I want a choice – and a real change.

  152. Gail Combs says:


    You will like this one. Trump raised $80M in July with over a million of us small dollar donors contributing..


    As I said there is a mutiny going on. The race was supposed to be Jeb Bush vs Hitlery Clinton. (Barf Gag) That is why the DNC rigged the election against Bernie and that is why the GOPe fielded 17 candidates — to prevent another Ron Paul. They wanted a brokered convention where THEY pick the puppet we get to vote for.

  153. Gail Combs says:

    Phil, this is a slow moving mutiny. Look how long it took UKIP. But we are making progress. The haters of the USA have had over a hundred years to slow boil the USA. We can not undo the damage over night. At least Trump hates Common Core and wants education back in the hands of the states. I hope he is in office for 8 years and does a through cleaning and downsizing of the bureaucracy.

    The big problem with a strong third party is it is worse than two parties.

    What happens if no presidential candidate gets 270 Electoral votes?
    If no candidate receives a majority of Electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the President from the 3 Presidential candidates who received the most Electoral votes. Each state delegation has one vote. The Senate would elect the Vice President from the 2 Vice Presidential candidates with the most Electoral votes. Each Senator would cast one vote for Vice President. If the House of Representatives fails to elect a President by Inauguration Day, the Vice-President Elect serves as acting President until the deadlock is resolved in the House.

    What is the difference between the winner-takes-all rule and proportional voting, and which states follow which rule?
    The District of Columbia and 48 states have a winner-takes-all rule for the Electoral College. In these States, whichever candidate receives a majority of the popular vote, or a plurality of the popular vote (less than 50 percent but more than any other candidate), takes all of the state’s Electoral votes.
    Only two states, Nebraska and Maine, do not follow the winner-takes-all rule.…..

    Are there restrictions on who the Electors can vote for?
    There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law that requires Electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their states. Some states, however, require Electors to cast their votes according to the popular vote. These pledges fall into two categories—Electors bound by state law and those bound by pledges to political parties.
    The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the Constitution does not require that Electors be completely free to act as they choose and therefore, political parties may extract pledges from electors to vote for the parties’ nominees…..

  154. Gail Combs says:

    BTW Phil, thanks for helping us rid ourselves of Cantor.

  155. philjourdan says:

    @Gail – yes, but when was the last time anyone voted for a Whig? It will only be 3 parties for a short time. The republican party will die as it serves no purpose. Those that want democrats will vote for them. The rest will vote for the new party.

  156. philjourdan says:

    Dave Brat was the first candiate I ever contributed to. And that was when he was given no chance in the primary (the district is safe republican – or as they found out – conservative).

  157. Another Ian says:

    Gail Combs says:
    3 August 2016 at 5:08 pm

    ” Look how long it took UKIP.”

    Didn’t take them long to get back to in – fighting


  158. Larry Ledwick says:

    New poll results are alleging that HRC has a 10 point lead over DJT, 49% – 39% but may not be what it seems.


  159. gallopingcamel says:

    The TEA party lacks a leader.

    Donald Trump lacks a party.

    Could “The Art of the Deal” be applied to good effect?

  160. gallopingcamel says:

    Gail Combs says:
    “Actually I think the grass roots is staging a mutiny and take over the GOP.”

    What a concept! The TEA party softened the establishment up and with a leader like Donald Trump it might work. Suddenly a bunch of Independents (such as this camel) will show up to vote but we won’t be voting for the GOP that betrays its voters time after time.

    We will vote for Donald Trump as long as he is true to us (the little people).

    The establishment is completely out of touch with “We The People”. For example John McCain and Paul Ryan just attacked Donald Trump instead of rebuking Obama. With friends like that who needs enemies?

  161. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes this slow motion revolt in the GOP might take a while. The rank and file need to clean house and replace a lot of representatives and senators but if folks keep working on it, eventually there will not be enough of them still standing to play their stupid games.

  162. p.g.sharrow says:

    Very interesting political game going on. The Democrats have locked out the people and their Elites are totally running the that show. Meanwhile the people have taken over the Republican party and are ignoring that party’s elite. Ryan, McCain and other Republican “leaders” will need to change their direction of travel or be left behind. To be the leader of a mob you must be in front of them…pg

  163. gallopingcamel says:

    Tony Heller has a way of digging up interesting stuff………….lest we forget:http://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/CnffsK8VMAAUcgs.jpg

  164. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting on that flash back to Dukakis and Bush, just goes to show that polls don’t mean much at this point in time.

  165. H.R. says:

    Polls: Conservatives hang up.

    I could probably get more information from a poll if I saw the ratio of immediate disconnects to respondents.

  166. Gail Combs says:

    Speaking of polls. The MSM uses ‘agenda polls’ to gaslight the sheeple. The polls bare as much resemblance to reality as Mikey’s Hock Stick and have the same purpose.

    Here is a real poll and from Hillary’s core group. Most viewers are women and LGBT so are expected to vote overwhelmingly for Hillary.

    A comment at the Conservative Tree House from this morning by a Real Housewives of NYC fan. (I guess that is some sort of TV show??? I am 41 years boob-tube free so would not know.)

    August 4, 2016 at 12:55 am
    ……super lib host Andy Cohen has a show called Watch What Happens Live where he has cast members and super lib celebrities on to recap and chat. Last month they did a poll so amazing I saved it to screen shot for CTH but haven’t gotten around to it. He smugly asked on the phone poll who people were voting for, Hillary or Trump. The results? Trump 65% Hillary 35%. He looked totally shocked and so did his guests.

    Cohen was so shocked he said he’d do it every month until the election. So tonight was the follow up poll. Given today’s rounds of false polls I expected a complete reversal, figuring he’d rig the votes. Results: Trump 62% Hillary 38% – so a 3% dip for Trump and gain for Hillary. After the recent DNC, the #KhanJob, Babygate, and naked Melania, on a channel known for it’s pro gay and lib programming, only a 3% gain for Hilldog. Again, shocked guests but the host not as much. Cohen went on to say he would stop making fun of Trump bc his Bravo Real Housewives fans are clearly Trump voters….

    The real polls must be giving America’s Ruling Class nightmares. ESPECIALLY since every time Obummer opens his mouth people run out and by more guns and ammo. We were not supposed to wake up until AFTER we were disarmed.

    Sundance who runs the Tree house blog had an interesting analysis of agenda polling. link

  167. Gail Combs says:

    Galloping Camel,

    I think you are correct. As Professor Angelo Codevilla (America’s Ruling Class) noted, the watershed moment is when Congress voted a bank bailout against the will of the people (2007 – 2008). Then we had the rise of the Tea Party which highly influenced the 2010 elections. It was trashed by propaganda in the MSM. As a counter measure Soros funded the Occupy Wall Street Movement to harmlessly drain off the restless, rebellious left leaning young folk. However the knowledge about the Federal Reserve, fractional reserve banking and the rip-off of American by the international banking cartel did not evaporate. People kept on digging. Matt Taibbi wrote several good articles about the bank bailout rip off in Rolling Stone. I had conversations with farmers in feed stores in the middle of no where. Loss of jobs, devaluation of wages the growing problem with Islam hit everyone and the propaganda could no longer paper over the rot.

    In 2010, a Rasmussen Report showed the electorate evenly split at ~33%(R) ~33%(D) and ~33% Tea Party. This is why the Tea Party had to be trashed by calling it RACIST. (Blair- Rockefeller Poll)

    Now add most of the Republicans (~25%) PLUS those independent/Tea Party types (~33%) plus the disgusted Democrats and you have the ~65% that the poll from the Andy Cohen TV program showed.

    As you said Trump just jumped ahead of the milling mob — The Monster Vote. Or as Trump puts it, I am your voice.

    The Monster Vote Is Very Real… They are the people who gave up voting for the ‘Lesser of two evils’ and therefore no poll can accurately predict this election race.

  168. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting little side note, I just found an extension for firefox which appears to work well to shut down those obnoxious pop up adds which creep out of the side margins and cover the whole page while you are trying to read an article.

    Go to tools > options > add-ons > extensions then download uBlock Origin
    Current version is 1.8.0
    It is supposed to have a low memory foot print so might work on even your Pi EM
    So far working well with just the default lists. I just went to a couple sites which have been getting really obnoxious lately, and (play sound of singing angles here) no pop up banner ads.

    Have not run into a situation yet where I want a pop up window to present info I need so can’t say how nicely it plays with those sorts of things.

  169. Gail Combs says:

    And in response to Obummer..

  170. gallopingcamel says:


    The GOP “Leaders” need to get behind Trump. My guess is that they are too full of themselves to realize how little respect “We The People” have for them. Those who are running for re-election this year (e.g. Ryan & McCain) need to stop their tantrums or they will surely suffer humiliating rejection by their constituencies.

    The current GOP leadership is worse than useless. It says “Amen” to every unconstitutional decree issued by the executive branch.

    If the GOP leadership had succeeded in foisting Jeb Bush on us deficit spending would have continued. What we need is fiscal reform and that cannot happen unless a new party is created or the GOP is reformed by its rank & file.

    Given that we now have an inspiring leader, IMHO it will be easier to take over the GOP and reshape it to respond to the people rather than the power elite (banks, trade unions, academia, media, etc). For decades the country has been run for the benefit of the establishment.,,,,,,,let us take heart from BREXIT by rejecting their rule and “Tyranny by Bureaucrat”!

  171. Jeff says:

    It’s starting to sound like “The Mikado”, with Hillary as the “Lord (Lady?) High Executioner” (the song “I’ve Got A Little List”)…

    All of these self-infllicted wounds, etc. From “follow the money” to “follow the bodies”. Yeeech.

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