Is This About The Election?

The media wants Biden/Trump mash up for the 2020 election……the MSM has tried to make this the “dream ticket”….and Iowa gave the MSM the a chance to push the ticket…..both men are just pathetic for playing into the hands of the media…..

If you were a visitor to the US and watched this news then you would think that the 2020 election was under way and these were the candidates for the general.

The MSM has a chance to make Biden the best person to take on Trump……seems to be a marketing plan by the media……

President Trump and 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden gave dueling speeches in Iowa Tuesday—their first time this election cycle campaigning in the same state on the same day, USA Todayreports. Big lines from each, starting with Biden, who had three campaign stops in the state. From CNN and others:

  • “[Trump] says, ‘let’s make America great again.’ Let’s make America America again,” he said—which, Fox points out, is a phrase apparently first coined by Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti. (No worries: Avenatti has used the line to endorse Biden, and tweeted Tuesday, “Since I won’t be using it, I’m happy @JoeBiden is using ‘Let’s Make America America Again.'”)
  • Biden also called Trump an “existential threat” to America: “Four years of Donald Trump will be viewed as an aberration in American history. Eight years, eight years will fundamentally change who we are as a nation, how we’re viewed around the world.”
  • Biden, who lost son Beau to brain cancer in 2015, said “I promise you if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer.”
  • He also had to speak through a protester at one event, while attendees clapped and chanted to drown him out. The protester yelled, “You have blood on your hands, you have blood on your hands… no he is talking about the Ku Klux Klan… he supports the murder of unborn babies and he wants us to pay for it.”
  • Biden has another speech still to come Tuesday night; see his prepared remarks here. Among them: “Trump thinks his tariffs are being paid by China. Any beginning econ student at Iowa or Iowa State could tell you that the American people are paying his tariffs. The cashiers at Target see what’s going on—they know more about economics than Trump.”
  • And from Trump:

    • The POTUS had his own harsh words for Biden while speaking at a renewable energy event, referring to him as “Sleepy Joe” and accusing him of talking too much about Trump: “He said my name so many times that people couldn’t stand it anymore.”
    • He had also slammed Biden as he left for Iowa, calling him a “loser” and a “dummy” who is “weak mentally,” per Fox News.
    • Trump signed an executive order while in the state to, as he said, “speed up reviews of [agricultural] biotechnology so that farmers can get access to critical scientific advances faster and reap the full benefits of American innovation for many years into the future.”
    • Still to come Tuesday night for Trump: an “America First Dinner,” for which tickets started at $250, to raise money for the Iowa Republican Party.

This is making sure that other Dem candidates are left out of the equation…..there was nothing about this situation that warranted a whole day of media attention.

Let me inform my reader of what this report was really about…….This was nothing more than a couple of old farts having a slap fight.

There are more important news that needed the exposure by was lost in the push for Biden…..like Congressional inaction of the 9/11 First Responders.

Or maybe spend a little more time reporting that the US Women’s soccer team broke all records yesterday….they scored 13 goals.

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Deal Of The Century (Cond)

Since the early days of the Trump admin we have been promised the “deal of the century” to solve the conundrum of the Palestine/Israel situation……and we wait.

Since my interests are mostly in the Middle East I have been watching this situation with interest….as well as writing about it…….https://lobotero.com/2018/03/28/deal-of-the-century/

Well it is back….the media has been teasing the viewer with a promise of the release of the “Deal”…..

The master of this “solution” is Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner….and he has been in the Middle East meeting with the players of the saga as a precursor to the release of the “Deal of the Century”….at least that is what the admin and the media would have us believe.

According to reports the release is just a mere days away……and then the push back started….

President Donald Trump said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “may be right” in his raw assessment of the administration’s Middle East peace plan.

Speaking to reporters Sunday, Trump responded to a Washington Post report that Pompeo had described the administration’s plan for lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians arguably “unexecutable.” Pompeo also said that the plan — which is being devised by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Trump lawyer Jason Greenblatt — “may be rejected” and that critics would call it “not particularly original,” the Post reported based on a recording of Pompeo’s comments.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/02/trump-pompeo-middle-east-peace-plan-1351099

Israel will be the only winner in any deal from these biased players…..all the major deal makers are Jewish…..

But my favorite is the d/bag we have at the State Dept, Pompeo……

Facing some pessimism on the Israel peace process since his own comments were published Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is feverishly walking back what he said, to the point where he is attacking others who echoed his own comments.

That the US peace plan is going to be deliberately biased in favor of Israel is no secret, and has been one of the few things known about it since the White House confirmed this in early February, saying the US plan would be “proudly” in favor of Israel.

Last week, Pompeo spoke to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, telling them he didn’t have a lot of hope for the plan being accepted. When he called it “a deal that only the Israelis could love,” it wasn’t seen as a ground-breaking addition, more of an aside to his pessimism.

(antiwar.com)

Does anyone think that anything fromDC these days will have anybody’s interests other than Israel?

As the US government has admitted, economic investment in Palestine will be ineffective without a political solution to the conflict. Given their lack of information on the US vision, Europeans whom the White House invites to the economic workshop are effectively being asked to invest in a project that has no clearly defined end goal. This initiative could even entrench a one-state reality of unequal rights for Palestinians under indefinite occupation, a situation that will increasingly resemble apartheid.

https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_washington_illusory_plan_for_israel_palestine

Palestinians will reject this “Deal”….and as they should…..Israel has gotten all the favored status for too long….any debt the West owes Israel has long been paid in full….they need to step into the 21st century and act like a responsible civilized nation.

This is not a deal for the two people but rather a deal that would allow Israel to eradicate the Palestinian identity.

True That!

Enough Said!

He Was Taken Aback

Closing Thought–10Jun19

Recently the president had batted around the idea of using his pardon power to do so for a SEAL accused of war crimes…..the news made veterans groups and vets themselves come unglued…..a Trump got his feelings hurt…..

President Donald Trump thought that pardoning multiple accused or convicted war criminals would be a big political winner — but he was reportedly surprised when multiple military veterans groups came out against the proposal.

The Daily Beast reports that Trump has put his war criminal mass pardon scheme on ice after he “was personally taken aback by the across-the-board pushback” against it.

In particular, the president had “not expected the blowback to be as fierce and widespread among veterans as it was” when he watched cable TV and newspaper coverage of the plan, which would have included a pardon for a Navy SEAL who has been accused by his own fellow service members of deliberately murdering civilians in Iraq.

Veterans groups such as the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the progressive Vote Vets both signaled opposition to Trump’s plan, and multiple retired generals went on cable news to explain why these pardons would be horrible for maintaining order within the military.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/trump-was-personally-taken-aback-when-military-vets-denounced-his-plan-to-pardon-war-criminals-report/

Seriously?

He was taken aback?

I thought he attended military academy….maybe they do not teach military stuff at a rich guys playground for their offspring.

Maybe he would understand a little better if he had manned up and went into the draft and served his country…he might then understand the UCMJ…..the “Code” by which the military functions.

But since he chose bone spurs over enlistment then his reaction is understandable…..cowards get their feelings hurt easily.

It Is About “Rare Earth”……

Not the rock group from the 70s (Get Ready and Celebrate)….I am referring to those minerals that are a major component in some electronics….and guess who has control of much of these elements?   Wait for it……..China!

Rare Earth Minerals?  What the Hell is that all about?

Many applications of REE are characterized by high specificity and high unit value. For example, color cathode-ray tubes and liquid-crystal displays used in computer monitors and televisions employ europium as the red phosphor; no substitute is known. Owing to relatively low abundance and high demand, Eu is quite valuable—$250 to $1,700/kg (for Eu2O3) over the past decade.

Fiber-optic telecommunication cables provide much greater bandwidth than the copper wires and cables they have largely replaced. Fiber-optic cables can transmit signals over long distances because they incorporate periodically spaced lengths of erbium-doped fiber that function as laser amplifiers. Er is used in these laser repeaters, despite its high cost (~$700/kg), because it alone possesses the required optical properties.

Specificity is not limited to the more exotic REE, such as Eu or Er. Cerium, the most abundant and least expensive REE, has dozens of applications, some highly specific. For example, Ce oxide is uniquely suited as a polishing agent for glass. The polishing action of CeO2 depends on both its physical and chemical properties, including the two accessible oxidation states of cerium, Ce,3+ and Ce4+, in aqueous solution. Virtually all polished glass products, from ordinary mirrors and eyeglasses to precision lenses, are finished with CeO2.

https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2002/fs087-02/

Plus the Rare Earth Minerals are used in our military……

A lack of these minerals could force a national security risk……and that would increase the use of the military (cause and effect)…….

I would say the possibility of a war with China is more so than with Iran.

Thoughts?

And now they, China,  have issued a threat over the Trump tariffs……

Facing new trade sanctions and a US clampdown on its top telecommunications company, China issued a pointed reminder Wednesday that it has yet to unleash all its weapons in its trade war with the Trump administration. Chinese state media warned that Beijing could cut America off from exotic minerals that are widely used in electric cars and mobile phones. The threat to use China’s rich supply of so-called rare earths as leverage in the conflict has contributed to sharp losses in US stocks and sliding long-term bond yields, the AP reports. The nationalistic Chinese newspaper Global Times warned that China has plenty of ways to retaliate against the United States, including the threat of cutting off supplies of rare earth minerals. China last year produced 78% of the world’s rare earths, according to researchers at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

If the US fails to exercise restraint, it will see that “China is far from running out of cards, and we have the will and determination to fight the US to the end,” the paper’s editorial said. China has used rare earths as a cudgel before. Five years ago, the World Trade Organization slapped down China’s attempt to restrict the export of rare earths during a dispute with Japan, rejecting its claim that it just wanted to conserve supplies. Scott Kennedy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, however, says the threat has lost much of its power. First, users of rare earths have stockpiled the minerals for a “rainy day,” he says. Second, they also have figured out how to “use less rare earth to achieve the same results” in products like lasers and magnets. And third, different minerals and chemicals are increasingly being used as rare earth substitutes.

Not to worry……we have troops in a country that is sitting on about $1 trillion (that is trillion with a “T”) worth of rare earth minerals……

Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004. As it turns out, the Afghanistan Geological Survey staff had kept Soviet geological maps and reports up to 50 years old or more that hinted at a geological gold mine.

https://www.livescience.com/47682-rare-earth-minerals-found-under-afghanistan.html

That is right…out longest war EVER is in a country that is loaded with rare earth minerals……could that explain why we are hanging on in the spot?

It is not like we have never fought a war for a resource……think OIL……

OMG! The Whining!

For two years now I have watch this president whine about everything….about Obama, the Dems, The House, The DOJ, the CIA and especially the media…if it were anyone else the news would be about a president that has more excuses than hairs in his toupee.

One of the best whines was the one he uttered over the weekend…..

President Donald Trump lashed out at his predecessors and other countries on Saturay.

After returning to the White House from an afternoon excursion to Trump National Golf Club, the president attempted to defend his trade wars.

“When you are the piggy bank nation that foreign countries have been robbing and deceiving for years, the word tariff is a beautiful word indeed,” Trump argued, in spite of the market plunge that has resulted from his trade wars.

“Others must treat the United States fairly and with respect,” Trump demanded. “We are no longer the ‘fools’ of the past!”

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/trump-demands-other-nations-treat-him-with-respect-because-hes-not-a-fool/

This from a person that must tell the public just how smart he is…….oddly I do not trust anyone that tells me how smart they are….usually they are more moronic than not….

There are daily whines…..the country is suffering from massive storms, flooding and tribalism….whining does NOT help!  Its the democrats….its the immigrants…….its the media…..its China and India and Never-Never Land…..in other words he blames everyone including some of his own people for everything that is said and done…..

Pick a day…any day…and just listen to his comments and rallies….they are 80% whining and accusation….. it is unbecoming of a president (but sounds more like some mad hatter monarch)…..

Plus I was taught to get respect one must give respect……so I guess that means that Trump is screwed on the respect front.

So please Mr. President show some class and STOP f*cking whining and do your job…this is a country of AMERICANS not just Trump drooling supporters.

Enough Said!

Military Gets Politicized (Again)

On the trip to Japan Our Beloved Supreme Leader (accusation not confirmed) wanted the ship USS McCain hidden from view……(My post) https://lobotero.com/2019/05/31/uss-john-mccain/

Personally, I feel that our military is too much in the news as a political tool of sorts…..

The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late US Sen. John McCain hidden from view during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan, the AP reports. A senior Trump aide scoffed at the idea that anyone working for the White House might be punished, saying, “We think it’s much ado about nothing.” A US defense official said Patrick Shanahan, Trump’s acting defense chief, is also considering sending out formal guidance to military units in order to avoid similar problems in the future. Shanahan confirmed details about a Navy email that said the White House military office wanted the USS John McCain kept “out of sight” when Trump was in Japan about a week ago.

This was all too petty to be taken seriously….and then the email came to light……

The internal Navy email came to light last week, triggering a storm of outrage. Trump, who long feuded with McCain, has said he knew nothing about the request, but added that “somebody did it because they thought I didn’t like him, OK? And they were well-meaning, I will say.” Shanahan told reporters traveling with him to South Korea on Sunday that he is not planning to seek an investigation by the Pentagon’s internal watchdog into the matter “because there was nothing carried out” by the Navy. He added that he still needs to gather more information about exactly what happened and what service members did. “How did the people receiving the information—how did they treat it,” Shanahan said. “That would give me an understanding on the next steps” to take.

This is a prime example of using the military as a political tool……but not many of the sycophants that work in the Trump White House take this seriously……

Asking the US Navy to conceal a ship named after three generations of American war heroes to avoid potentially irritating the president was “not an unreasonable thing,” according to Mick Mulvaney. The acting White House chief of staff told NBC‘s Meet the Press Sunday that it was “probably someone on the advance team” from the White House that asked the Navy to keep the USS John McCain out of sight during President Trump’s visit to a naval base in Japan last week. “The fact that some 23 or 24-year-old person on the advance team went to that site and said ‘Oh my goodness, there’s the John McCain, we all know how the president feels about the former senator, maybe that’s not the best backdrop, can somebody look into moving it?’ That’s not an unreasonable thing,” Mulvaney argued.

Host Chuck Todd (not one of my favorites) apparently couldn’t believe Mulvaney was trying to defend the request, Slate reports. “Seriously?” he asked. Mulvaney went on to say the person responsible for the request, which the Navy confirmed on Sunday, would not be fired. “The president’s feeling towards the former senator are well known,” he said. “They are well known throughout the office, they are well known in the media, but to think you’re gonna get fired over this is silly.” Later, on Fox News Sunday, Mulvaney said nobody would even be disciplined over the “minor issue.” The USS John McCain, originally named after Sen. John McCain’s father and grandfather, both Navy admirals, was rededicated last year to include the late senator.

This whole affair is just silly and a bit pathetic. But then that describes this administration to a tee.

Ever Heard Of ‘Cause And Effect’?

Closing Thought–31May19

I realize that the “invasion” of Latin Americans is important to this president and “tariffs” are his answer to all our economic problems…..whether you believe these fantasies or not…there is a thing call ’cause and effect’……

That is ….. one process or state, a cause, contributes to the production of another process or state, an effect, where the cause is partly responsible for the effect, and the effect is partly dependent on the cause. In general, a process has many causes, which are also said to be causal factors for it, and all lie in its past.

A little simpler?

For every action there is an opposite but equal reaction. Did that help?

All that out of the way what am I going on about?

The newest utterance from Our Beloved Supreme Leader……

President Trump has vowed to slap new tariffs on all goods from Mexico—and to keep increasing them until the country stops migrants coming to the US. On June 10, the US “will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” the president tweeted Thursday. “The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied at which time the Tariffs will be removed.” The White House says the tariffs will rise to 10% on July 1, then go up 5% each month after that until they hit 25% on Oct. 1, reports the Washington Post. Earlier Thursday, Trump told reporters he was going to make his biggest statement on the border so far.

Trump said in a statement that after October, the tariffs will remain at 25% “until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory.” The surprise announcement came on the day that Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador began to ratify the USCMA trade deal with US and Canada, which could now be in jeopardy, reports Reuters. The tariffs could devastate Mexico’s economy, though experts including trade lawyer Daniel Ujczo suspect Trump will backtrack on the move, as he did with his threat to seal the border in March. “This seems more theater and tactics than a strategy to solve the migration crisis and rebalance North American trade,” Ujczo tells the AP.

Is this just something said to divert the attention of the MSM?  Will it remain if the markets tank?

Does he realize that if this is law and the economic activity in Mexico ceases it will create more people in search of economic security?  (That is cause and effect)…..

This is a silly trade policy…it is that simple……

But let us look at other economic news……

How about those “tax cuts”?……..(Read and weep!)

Despite lofty promises from President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that went into effect last year have done little—if anything—to raise workers’ wages, boost economic growth, or spur business investment.

That’s according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), which appeared to vindicate warnings from progressive critics that the GOP tax cuts were little more than a scam designed to put more money in the pockets of wealthy Americans.

In its 23-page report (pdf), the independent research arm found that while the Republican tax law has not done much for workers or the overall economy, it has sparked a wave of stock buybacks, which primarily benefit rich executives.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/29/virtually-no-wage-growth-surge-stock-buybacks-study-offers-more-proof-trump-tax-cuts

Billions are pouring into the US treasury because of the Trump tariffs……..

President Donald Trump likes to talk about the money Washington is making from the spate of tariffs his administration has imposed on global trading partners. The catch? Most of it is probably coming from American pocketbooks.

At a postelection news conference on Wednesday, Trump misleadingly claimed that billions of dollars would “soon be pouring into our Treasury from taxes that China is paying for us.”

He got the first part right. Federal revenue from tariffs in the third quarter increased by more than 33% from the same quarter last year, Treasury Department data shows. And in October — the first full month in which all tariffs announced to date were in effect — the monthly collection appears to have doubled from the 2017 level to about $6 billion, according to estimates from daily receipts.

https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/trump-tariffs-revenue-up-sharply-american-costs-increase-2018-11-1027713336

These Trade Wars are good for the US, right?

President Trump’s trade battles are costing the U.S. stock market $5 trillion and counting, according to Deutsche Bank.

Given the bulk of equity returns come from equity price appreciation, in an escalated trade war with China and now Mexico, the U.S. is losing trillions of dollars in foregone returns as markets sink on the negative headlines, the bank said Friday.

“The costs of the trade war in our view are about its indirect impacts,” said Deutsche Bank chief strategist Binky Chadha in a note to clients. “The trade war has been key in preventing a recovery in global growth and keeping US equities range bound. Foregone US equity returns from price appreciation (12.5% annual rate) for 17 months are worth $5 trillion.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/31/trumps-trade-wars-have-cost-the-stock-market-5-trillion-and-counting-deutsche-bank.html

Someone explain to me where the “good news” is in all this trade war stuff?