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Monday, December 12, 2016

I don't like the feel of this. Obama, Clinton and others are flirting with a real danger.


Monday, 12 December 2016

78 comments:


  1. Nah, not gonna happen.

    Hillary really would end up in the clink.

    She doesn't want that.

    From comments:

    Phelps said...
    There is no way that it plays out with Trump not taking office. One look at the Army Navy game should convince everyone of that.

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    1. The House, the Senate in Republican hands....most of the states....the Army, the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force, 'Mad Dog' Mattis....

      Hillary isn't suicidal, nor Obama....

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    2. Judge Napolitano has said today that the court cases....what cases there are....tend towards the view that the electors actually are bound....

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    And thus the name Global Guerrillas.

    I haven't really gamed this out...

    Ya think?

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    1. If necessary, I'll spend the next four years defending the good name of Gorillas.

      https://www.google.com/search?q=Gorillas.&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS720US720&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjg0de3mPDQAhUjjVQKHcXaBUEQ_AUICCgB&biw=1091&bih=482

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  3. The People’s Choice
    The Faithless-Elector Fantasy Is Fun, but It’s Just a Fantasy
    It’s all a shadow play—entertaining, provocative, but bearing no relation to political reality.

    Jeff Greenfield
    12.11.16 10:03 PM ET

    When it comes to faithless electors, I wrote the book—literally.

    Okay, it was a novel, and a satirical one at that. But I did immerse myself in the law, and the lore, of the Electoral College, and the potential for “faithless” (or rebellious or courageous) electors to throw the whole process of picking a president into a cocked hat. (The novel, The People’s Choice, is available at fine church basements and rummage sales, or here.)....

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    1. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/12/the-faithless-elector-fantasy-is-fun-but-it-s-just-a-fantasy.html

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  4. The shadow of the NSA darkens the landscape of all this leaking/hacking.

    How do I know this ?

    Because Judge Napolitano just told me so.

    Now you know too.

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    1. Hillary wasn't exactly popular over at NSA.

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      Because judge Napolitano told you so?

      :o)


      Haven't you ever hear of Stuxnet or Snowden?

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    3. Laugh, you legal illiterate.

      But you hadn't thought of it.

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      You nitwit, I put up posts here on it in the last month.

      So, what are you saying that you never heard of them or that you forgot about them. I could believe either one.

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      Sure, sure.....we all believe that.....

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      Well, I admit it when I saw you put this up

      The shadow of the NSA darkens the landscape of all this leaking/hacking.

      I was thinking of something entirely different. I thought you were talking about real news. I had no idea Napolitano had accused the NSA of being willing to break the law in order to keep Hillary from becoming president. It was only when I read your follow-up post that I found out how wrong I was.

      I was working under the assumption that after spreading the fake news story about 'pizzagate' and the child sex rings you would have been so embarrassed you would would have avoided any story that had the slightest chance of being phony. Obviously, I was mistaken.

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      Well actually, I guess it was more...

      I had no idea Napolitano had accused the NSA and/or the FBI of being willing to break the law in order to keep Hillary from becoming president.

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  5. Here, Smuck, in my continuing futile effort to keep you up to speed -


    The NSA Hacked the DNC Not the Russians, Hillary [VIDEO]
    joeforamerica.com/2016/10/nsa-hacked-dnc-not-russians-hillary-video

    Who hacked the Democratic National Committee? Was it the Russians? Hillary Clinton thinks so and she and the Democrats have been very vocal about it going so far as ...
    Did NSA Try to Destroy Hillary Clinton? | Observer
    observer.com/2016/08/did-nsa-try-to-destroy-hillary-clinton

    Did NSA Try to Destroy Hillary Clinton? Allegations are circulating that the National Security Agency may be behind the massive hack of Hillary Clinton and her party
    The NSA Hacked the DNC Not the Russians, Hillary [VIDEO ...
    urbannewsletter.com › Politics

    Who hacked the Democratic National Committee? Was it the Russians? Hillary Clinton thinks so and she and the Democrats have been very vocal about it going so far as ...
    FOX: NAPOLITANO " EXPOSES HILLARY -NSA HACKED THE DNC …
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U-SiSQ6jZA

    Dec 12, 2016 · FOX: NAPOLITANO " EXPOSES HILLARY -NSA HACKED THE DNC NOT RUSSIA" SUBMITS THE PROOF Current Events that deal with The Changing …

    https://www.bing.com/search?q=nsa+hacked+dnc%2C+hillary&form=EDGNTC&qs=PF&cvid=eb6d21453a0640ce8a09ed67980c6cf0&pq=nsa+hacked+dnc%2C+hillary

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      By the way, did FOX boot Napolitano out on the street? It appeared so in the video.

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  6. Watched the Seahawks game last night. What an embarrassment. Looked like the Keystone Cops out there.

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      I couldn't watch much of it, myself.

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  7. Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina share a penchant for a loose association with the truth that just might make Fiorina the perfect person to head the National Security Agency under Trump. The two met Monday to discuss the matter and decided that China is a huge threat to the U.S.

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    Perfect! If there's two things Trump admires most in loyalists it's their ability to re-imagine reality and dispense with pesky facts. Fiorina has shown an innate propensity for both.


    NSA Chief

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    1. Pizza Gate ?

      What the hell is Pizza Gate ?

      And what do child sex rings have to do with it ?

      I've heard of child sex rings but not Pizza Gate.

      Are children being given Pizza for sex ?

      If so, where ?

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  9. Didn't watch the Seasquaks game but it's got to be the last year for their quarterback.

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  10. 'T Rex' News -

    Tillerson’s Assault on Scouting
    Timothy Birdnow
    Rex Tillerson was the major figure behind the decision to allow gays into the Boy Scouts of America. More

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/tillersons_assault_on_scouting.html

    No waterboarding, gays in the Scouts.....this guy's a limp wrist !

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  11. I will be traveling to Krakow on Wednesday and be back on Sunday.

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    1. No inverted aerobatics with Polish pilots featuring hairy crackups, please.

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    2. Don't think you're building whatever you're building.

      We, the American People, are building it !

      Bon voyage

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  12. Obama Admin: Requiring Employees in US Speak English Is Discriminatory

    Under new rules put forth by the Obama administration, it’s now considered discriminatory for companies in the U.S. to require that employees speak English, but it’s OK to require that workers speak a foreign language.

    The new enforcement guideline is meant to crack down on “national origin discrimination” in the workplace, because according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the American workforce is “increasingly ethnically diverse.”

    “The increased cultural diversity of today’s workplaces presents new and evolving issues with respect to Title VII’s protection against national origin discrimination,” the EEOC writes. “This enforcement guidance will assist EEOC staff in their investigation of national origin discrimination charges and provide information for applicants, employees, and employers to understand their respective rights and responsibilities under Title VII.”

    Also included in the rules are new discrimination categories such as using Social Security requirements to screen applicants and relying on “word-of-mouth recruiting,” which the EEOC states could “magnify existing ethnic, racial or religious homogeneity in a workplace and result in the exclusion of qualified applicants from different national origin groups.”

    According to Judicial Watch, the enforcement guidelines are another example of the Obama administration “strong-arm[ing] businesses and government agencies into adopting [their] leftist agenda and inflated standards of political correctness.”

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2016/12/11/obama-admin-requiring-that-employees-in-us-speak-english-is-discriminatory-n2257776

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      Under new rules put forth by the Obama administration, it’s now considered discriminatory for companies in the U.S. to require that employees speak English, but it’s OK to require that workers speak a foreign language.

      Yes folks, we're living the dream.

      And up is down, right is left, and black is white.

      Sex is a null set and the idea of gender is a microaggression and triggering device requiring a safe space for the Eloi; and yet, the trends in STDs would indicate that the snowflakes are still indulging in non-sex.

      Questioning the elitist trends makes you a racist, misogynist, anti-Semitic, sexist, misanthropic, bigoted, chauvinistic, jingoistic, Morlock.

      Insanity rules. It's not your father's USA anymore.

      Welcome to the future.

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  13. Krakow: walk in backwards and they'll think you are leaving. (Old Polish Proverb).

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    1. :):)

      This applies to Quirk in someway but I haven't tangled out just how yet....

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      You should be writing for Global Guerrillas, Bob.

      I haven't really gamed this out...

      compared to

      I haven't tangled out just how yet....

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      Ya think?

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  14. Donald J. Trump
    Verified account
    ‏@realDonaldTrump
    I have chosen one of the truly great business leaders of the world, Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to be Secretary of State.

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    3:43 AM - 13 Dec 2016


    Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy and everyone hopes he can remember his Department, one of the ones he wanted to get rid of....

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      Trump has hit all the bases in setting up his cabinet, all the areas he had complained about during his campaign, the military and the MIC, the banks and Wall Street, the Establishment, big oil, and lobbyists.

      A home run for the status quo, merely a change in emphasis.

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    2. The status quo is tough to get rid of....all these people have to be approved by the Senate...and the world runs on oil....this guy sounds at least like he's connected to reality and won't spend his time wind surfing and talking global warming....and so far 'T Rex' doesn't come over as a World War war monger....

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  15. MASSIVE NUMBER OF "Q" Party VOTERS FOUND IN DETROIT

    CLUSTERED AROUND 'YE OLDE MAFIA BARBER SHOPPE' AREA

    UNANIMOUS 127% OF VOTES CAST FOR 'Q'




    December 13, 2016
    Hacking the election: 37% of the precincts in Detroit reported more votes than voters
    By Thomas Lifson

    By all means, let’s have a comprehensive review of election “hacking,” a term that should absolutely include systematic vote fraud. For example: what could possibly be going in Detroit, a city controlled by Democrats as long as most Americans have been alive. The Detroit News reports:

    Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News.

    Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office, Elections Director Chris Thomas said Monday. (snip)
    “There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit. This isn’t normal,” said Krista Haroutunian, chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

    Actuyally, it is uncommon in two-party systems, but all too common when one party rules for genertions.

    Hat tip: Clarice Feldman

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    1. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/12/hacking_the_election_37_of_the_precincts_in_detroit_reported_more_votes_than_voters.html

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    Ash Carter was in Israel yesterday for the big ceremony Israel had arranged for the arrival of the first two F-35s purchased from the US. Unfortunately, the arrival was delayed. The state-of-the-art planes were delayed from leaving Italy. By fog.

    The Times of Israel reported...

    The war of fog

    Hebrew media review Reporters do little to hide their annoyance at having to wait 6 hours in the desert for Israel’s new F-35s to arrive, dampening much of the hype surround the fighter jets

    How ironic,yet, how appropriate that Ash Carter and the Israeli's had to wait for hours to receive delivery of the jets given that we have been waiting for decades on the plane.

    A Lockheed executive was at the ceremony and in response to Trump's complaints about the F-35 program, said "The plane is amazing." He should have added, "You'll see when it finally gets here." It's the line we have become used to from Lockheed.

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    1. There's no fog in the desert, and the F-35 is great in sandstorms.

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    2. Don't know much about the F-35 but it certainly looks like a loser.

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      There's no fog in the desert, and the F-35 is great in sandstorms.

      More fake news from Idaho Bob.

      And despite the common conceptions of deserts as dry and hot, there are cold deserts as well. The largest hot desert in the world, northern Africa's Sahara, reaches temperatures of up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) during the day. But some deserts are always cold, like the Gobi desert in Asia and the desert on the continent of Antarctica. Others are mountainous. Only about 10 percent of deserts are covered by sand dunes. The driest deserts get less than half an inch (one centimeter) of precipitation each year, and that is from condensed fog not rain.

      http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/desert-profile/

      As for sandstorms, we shall see. The F-35 has received extensive testing in all weather conditions including fog. While locked in place in a testing lab.

      When asked how the F-35 performed, an official said, "It performed as expected." Given all the problems the program has experienced, the comment is somehow troubling.

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    4. Sounds like a real London pea souper out there in the driest places on earth....one centimeter of pea soup a year....

      The good news is the enemy - ISIS - will be grounded as well....the fact they don't have any aircraft notwithstanding....

      So, no problem, unless we get in dog fights with Rooskies, and nobody, not even the Rooskies, want to do that.

      Why can't our Techno-Giant Corporations develop a fog penetrating radar for the F-35 ?

      We've got them on passenger planes....

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      To be fair, the planes were probably held up in Italy for the same reason many planes are grounded by fog, fear of accidents on takeoff.

      Add to that, you don't want anything to happen to the first 2 planes being delivered under this program and you can kind of understand the surfeit of caution.

      However, I couldn't help pointing out the tasty irony.

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  17. Federal judge shoots down “Hamilton Electors” on injunction

    posted at 9:21 am on December 13, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

    “Part of me thinks this is really a political stunt to prevent Mr. Trump from being president,” federal judge Wiley Daniel remarked during a hearing on a motion by rogue electors to overturn state law binding them to the choice of the voters. Upon further reflection, Judge Daniel ruled that it’s entirely a political stunt to overturn the results of this particular election. No dice, Daniel ruled:

    A federal judge on Monday rejected an attempt by two Colorado electors to unbind their votes in the Electoral College, saying the effort designed to impede Donald Trump’s path to the White House is “a political stunt.”

    U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel denied a request for a preliminary injunction to nullify a state law that requires presidential electors to vote for the winner of the state’s popular vote. To do otherwise, Daniel said in his ruling from the bench, “would undermine the electoral process.”
    However, the “Hamilton Electors” say they’re not quite done. They will appeal Daniel’s ruling in order to get a judicial precedent that will free all members of the Electoral College to vote for whomever they please:

    If the Colorado electors had been successful, it could have signaled that similar laws in more than two dozen other states could also be overturned, freeing a large number of electors to defect from Trump. Jason Wesoky, who represents the two electors, said he may seek an emergency appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals — the only chance his clients would have of blocking the Colorado law before they have to cast their votes.

    Should the Colorado electors be freed, some of them hoped to persuade enough of their counterparts elsewhere to unite behind a Republican alternative like Mitt Romney. So far only one Republican elector has announced he won’t vote for Trump. The president-elect won 306 electors last month to Clinton’s 232.

    It’s worth noting that Colorado voted for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, so these electors aren’t taking anything away from the man who won the Electoral College vote on Election Night. Only one Trump elector has publicly stated that he plans to become a “faithless elector” on December 19th. Politico reports that the GOP has an active whip operation to keep track of the status of its other electors, and they see no evidence of any other faithless electors on the horizon:

    Two RNC sources familiar with the effort said the committee — with the assistance of state Republican parties and the Trump campaign — has been in touch with most of the GOP electors multiple times, and has concluded that only one is a risk to cast a vote against Trump on Dec. 19, when the Electoral College meets. …

    “The state Republican parties in the states that went for Trump are heavily invested in this process,” said one of the RNC sources. “It’s a matter of personal pride for a state party chairman and a state party to ensure that all the electors that their people elected vote, and vote in the manner in which they’re supposed to.”

    State party leaders, the RNC sources said, are in frequent communication with electors through phone calls and letters. They have identified multiple points of contact for the GOP electors and also monitor their social media, all to guard against the prospect of electors voting for someone other than Trump.

    Right now, it appears that Hillary Clinton will lose more electors than will Donald Trump, which would be the most 2016 thing ever. Given that elector slates are chosen by state parties and electors selected for their loyalty, don’t expect more than a handful of changes in either direction.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2016/12/13/federal-judge-shoots-down-hamilton-electors-on-injunction/

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    Oil Pipelines

    One of the arguments Big Oil uses to justify oil pipelines over rail or trucks is safety. They argue the pipelines are statistically safer (wrt spills) than using the other two forms of transportation. Of course, the counter-argument is that spills from the pipeline can result in much larger spills that are harder to contain.

    From the WaPo...

    150 miles from Dakota Access protests a pipeline leaks 176,000 gallons of oil

    From Fusion...

    CNBC reports that more than 176,000 gallons of oil spilled out of the Belle Fourche Pipeline and into the Ash Coulee Creek near the city of Belfield. A landowner discovered the massive spill on December 5.

    Although a spokeswoman for True Cos., the Wyoming-based company that operates the pipeline, told the network that the spill was contained within hours of its discovery, she couldn’t say how the electronic equipment meant to monitor for leaks failed to alert them of the spill. Officials aren’t sure how the spill started.

    While the company is still assessing the extent of the damage, the spokeswoman said the spill migrated nearly six miles from the creek, which feeds into the Little Missouri River.

    True Cos., which represents the companies behind at least three pipelines in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana, has a history of oil spills. Since 2006, the companies have reported 36 spills that dumped a total 320,000 gallons of oil products, according to the Associated Press. In January 2015, a 32,000-gallon spill into the Yellowstone River fouled up the water supply of nearby Glendive, Montana, which forced a temporary shutdown when oil was found in the town’s water supply.


    There’s a sick irony to this spill happening shortly after the Army Corps. of Engineers handed a major victory to the Water Protectors, who spent months trying to stop the construction of a pipeline, arguing that a spill would decimate the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s water source. Of course, the company behind DAPL argued its pipeline would be exceedingly safe and would rely on “advanced pipeline technology.”


    http://fusion.net/story/375283/belle-fourche-pipeline-spill-belfield-north-dakota/

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    1. We need to go back to horses and mules.

      Than we wouldn't need people like 'T Rex'.

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    2. And the 'Native Americans' would give up their polluting Ford F-250 4x4 Pickup Trucks, and live in tepees as is proper, and dig roots, pick berries, and trap rabbits for food.

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      Another nonsense post from Boonddock Bob.

      Childish and silly.

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    4. Mature, and wise.

      How do you propose to power the world ?

      You silly goose....Quirk's Pedicars ?

      Top left -

      https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=pedicar&id=8F5F432D557F35C9354E63ADD05F7A80BBF42B5E&FORM=IQFRBA

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      What a silly question. It seems to assume that the 'only' way oil will flow from Canada to the Gulf is by building pipelines over sensitive environmental areas. The world's glut in oil at the moment would tend to argue against that assumption. The fact that the oil is currently getting from Canada to the Gulf without the new pipeline would also argue against the assumption.

      In addition, despite the environmental risk the new pipeline would provide few benefits for the the American people. The oil passed through the new pipeline would do zip in producing lower fuel prices for the American people. The pipeline would create few permanent jobs. In fact, many more jobs would be lost (in the transportation and supporting industries) than would be created by the pipeline. The only ones that would benefit from the new pipeline would be the oil companies and the pipeline operators.

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    6. Quirk wrote:

      "The only ones that would benefit from the new pipeline would be the oil companies and the pipeline operators."

      I disagree with this conclusion of yours. Yes, the jobs building the pipeline are only temporary and, yes, there would be a decrease in the amount of workers involved in the current method of transport on the oil but it would decrease the cost base and the environmental impacts of the current method of transport. Because of the limitations of the current transport environment a pipeline would increase the amount of oil brought to market and, say the pipeline builders, bring that oil to market with less environmental impact then the current methods, and, be more cost efficient. Currently, in the USA, it is private oil companies who bring oil to the market and more oil brought to market has benefits for the consumers of oil and the oil companies. In addition, the oil is sourced NOT in the middle east which has required military force to maintain supply. There is currently a glut of oil on the market but that is most likely a short term phenomenon but also requires that productivity in bringing oil to market is even more important to remain competitively priced.

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      I disagree with your disagreement on each of the issues.

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      Your points...

      but it would decrease the cost base and the environmental impacts of the current method of transport.

      Cost basis? You agree with my conclusion it would increase the Oil companies bottom line.

      Environmental costs? I used to agree the pipe lines were safer based on articles by the 'experts'. Now, though I may be wrong, I have grown suspicious of all so-called 'experts'. You may have noticed. Now, my thinking is as I've stated it. That is, that though statistically there may be more spills involving trucks or rail the impact of them is far less than from pipeline spills, such as the 176,000 gallons released in the latest one.

      I come to this conclusion based on oil spills I have seen here in Michigan including those involving oil from the tar sands in Canada. If you are really interested in the subject the following article though pretty long is instructive about the damage a spill can do to the environment and what it takes to deal with some of these companies.

      Enbridge's Kalamazoo Spill Saga Ends in $177 Million Settlement

      Because of the limitations of the current transport environment a pipeline would increase the amount of oil brought to market and, say the pipeline builders, bring that oil to market with less environmental impact then the current methods, and, be more cost efficient.

      A repetition of the previous arguments.

      ...say the pipeline builders...

      I view their claims with more skepticism than that Of the experts.

      Currently, in the USA, it is private oil companies who bring oil to the market and more oil brought to market has benefits for the consumers of oil and the oil companies. In addition, the oil is sourced NOT in the middle east which has required military force to maintain supply.

      In general that should be the case, especially with crude oil which is more or less fungible. However, there are other factors that affect the price. That's the WTI price is cheaper than the Brent price.

      The WTI delivery point is landlocked and transportation constrained. In most other oil delivery points worldwide, if oil is cheaper at that point than the rest of the world it can easily be transshipped to another location and the price level will quickly equilibrate. Since WTI is not delivered by the sea, however, the amount of arbitrage that can occur with the rest of the world is limited by the transportation bottlenecks going from Cushing, Oklahoma to the US Gulf Coast. Those who cannot find a way to get their oil to market in the USGC will be forced to sell in Cushing at a discount.

      This constraint provides a price advantage for Americans (added to other issues such as the US just recently allowing some sales to world markets, or the fact that the constraint doesn't allow US producers to expand their market by mixing their oil with different grades around the world, etc.)

      So the effect of removing the constraint in Cushing and allowing oil to be shipped directly to the Gulf could eventually result in higher prices in the US; but of course Big Oil will do just fine.

      There is currently a glut of oil on the market but that is most likely a short term phenomenon but also requires that productivity in bringing oil to market is even more important to remain competitively priced.

      This assumes that oil is a simple commodity and constricted by the rules of competition. As pointed out above, that is not exactly true; and as you noted the current glut may be temporary but we are talking about the transportation of oil not it's production.

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      Oil is a depletion industry. Big Oil's goal is to maximize profits until the golden goose is gone. A free-trader might argue that for a commodity like oil everyone should be paying the same base price (less transit costs, etc) but I would disagree. While I don't view trade as a zero sum game, if there is an advantage to one of the parties, I prefer it be mine, that is, America's.

      Excuse my cupidity.

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    10. Yes, I agree, it would reduce the costs the oil companies incur to ship the oil - it is more productive. Yes, oil companies are in it for profit. That is the only game in town in the USA unless you suggesting some other method should be employed to sell and distribute oil and its by-products. Are you? If not then we are stuck with the business model and increased productivity is generally accepted as the best means to advance an economy.

      So, we are agreed that pipelines will reduce the cost to oil companies but there are also environmental costs to be taken into account. The current method of shipping oil is truck, train, boat and pipeline. All come with environmental impacts with spills being just one of the impacts. Pipelines don't consume energy and pollute like trucks, trains and boats and spills, well, we can split hairs, but there's pretty nasty impacts when accidents happen with all these methods of transport - heck a runaway oil train burned down a bloody town here in Canada not too many years back.

      Then there is the environmental argument that oil is baaaad, it releases CO2 when burned, and it is a depletion industry, therefore all oil is bad and every effort should be made to leave it in the ground forcing all to 'greener' alternatives. Is that your stance that not only big oil is bad but all oild is bad? :)

      btw - is there small oil as opposed to 'big oil'?

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    I agree with the following conclusion written over at RealClearPolitics.

    Brief Guide to What We Know About Russian Hacking

    If the investigation is to be serious and non-partisan, if it is to develop recommendations for future elections, then it cannot be left to Congress. Lawmakers will surely hold hearings, but, if previous hearings are any guide, they will be shallow, backward-looking, and filled with partisan grandstanding. They produce sound bites, not sound conclusions. In any case, the new Congress has a full agenda dealing with health care, tax reform, regulatory changes, executive appointments, a Supreme Court nominee, and more.

    The best solution is a bipartisan commission. The model is the 9/11 commission, with a lower profile. It should have subpoena power and cooperate closely with intelligence agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Its mission should be more than pinning the tail on the Russian bear. It should be highlighting areas of vulnerability at the heart of our democracy: the right to free, fair elections...


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    1. We need to remove the knife plunged into The Heart of our Constitutional Republic !

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    2. And we need to start with Detroit, Michigan, where every election in 1/3 of the precincts, more votes are cast than there are voters in the precinct, and all for the same party, too, the Democrat Party.

      It's the Russians, I tell ya....

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  20. December 13, 2016
    The Big Lie: Russia Stole the Election
    By John Dietrich

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” - Joseph Goebbels

    Paul Roderick Gregory wrote in Forbes, “The Kremlin knows that repeated lies are eventually taken as truth, so that an unsourced narrative, repeated, will eventually become the ‘truth.’”  Of course Joseph Goebbels said it more concisely.  The public is now being subjected to a barrage of reports that the Russians are in effect responsible for Donald Trump being elected president.

    Naturally Donald Trump is denying this.  California Rep. Eric Swalwell avers that Trump’s denials are ridiculous.  He claims, "He (Trump) is denying that the sun sets in the West."  Rep. Elijah Cummings claims, "experts agree that there is overwhelming evidence that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election. Overwhelming. It is not disputed, it's overwhelming."  If you disagree with this you are crazy.

    The congressmen and media are basing their opinions on the October 07, 2016 “Joint Statement from the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security” issued by the Director of National Intelligence.  The various accounts of the meeting of the CIA with House and Senate leaders do not appear to support the claim that there was overwhelming evidence of Russian interference.  The Washington Post quoted one official saying, "It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia's goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected."  The article claims that the CIA has “high confidence” and that it “believes” the Russian were responsible several items.  It also states, “we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.” 
    This does not sound overwhelming.

    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell questioned the veracity of the intelligence.  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee stated, ‘‘I’ll be the first one to come out and point at Russia if there’s clear evidence, but there is no clear evidence – even now.  There’s a lot of innuendo, lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.’’  Julian Assange has stated the Russian government is not the source.  The Russians have also denied it.  Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, and a close associate of Assange, called the CIA claims “bullshit,” stating, “They are absolutely making it up.”

    Naturally Donald Trump does not believe the Russians interfered in his favor.  He criticized the CIA, saying, “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”  He pointed out that the hacking, ‘‘could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.’’  The guy from New Jersey is a real possibility.  During congressional hearings on the Clinton emails Congressman Chaffetz asked Director Comey, “Are you implying in that statement that the private email servers of Secretary Clinton were perhaps less secure than a Gmail account?”  Comey responded, “Yes.”   During the same hearing Congressman Blum claimed that, “the going rate to hack into somebody’s Gmail account: $129.

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    1. Donald Trump is being portrayed as not very bright and indifferent to intelligence matters.  He is “a man known to have a very short attention span and a dislike of reading.”  Michael V. Hayden, former N.S.A. director, stated, “To have the president-elect of the United States simply reject the fact-based narrative that the intelligence community puts together because it conflicts with his a priori assumptions — wow.”  Politico reported, “Trump's highly public rebukes of the U.S. intelligence apparatus will undermine morale in the spy agencies.”  They state, “If the U.S. president doesn't believe his own intelligence officials, why should anyone else?” and “There is nothing more sacred to intelligence officers than their professionalism, honesty and non-partisanship.”

      Is there a problem with intelligence being misused?  50 intelligence analysts formally complained that their reports on ISIS were being inappropriately altered.  The FBI went through 650,000 emails In 8 days and they failed to recommend prosecution for Clinton’s misuse of classified material.  Trumps critics on the left have been joined by John McCain and Lindsey Graham who issued a joint statement with Chuck Schumer.  It read, "This cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are too high for our country."

      McCain seems to have a particular problem with Trump’s relationship with Putin, whom McCain calls “a thug and a murderer and a killer and a KGB agent.”  What did Senator McCain say when President Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, “Tell Vald that I’ll have more flexibility once I am re-elected.” Senator McCain appears to have he own problems with intelligence.  When he proclaims someone his hero they turn out to be ISIS or Al-Qaeda.

      What is the purpose of this elaborate scheme?  White House spokesman Eric Schultz announced,  “This is not an effort to challenge the outcome of the election.”  Senator Angus King commented, “I’m not trying to relitigate the election.  I’m just trying to prevent this from happening again.”  These comments will be repeated endlessly and they should concern us all. 

      It should remind us of Otto von Bismarck’s remark, "Nothing is proven until it is officially denied."

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    2. http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/the_big_lie_russia_stole_the_election.html

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    3. I can come to no other opinion about McCain other than he did some real bad shit while in captivity and his life mission needs to recast his manliness

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  21. .

    For the Critics Choice Awards...

    Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump impersonation on "Saturday Night Live" earned him Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.

    I agree with Trump's assessment of Balwin's performance on SNL, it appears mean and frankly not very good.

    In my opinion, Balwin's act is more cartoonish than an actual impersonation of Trump. Worse, it just isn't funny. I can't believe that even the most partisan lib can actually find it funny. Perhaps, they just take guilty pleasure (well, maybe not so guilty) in watching Trump be lampooned on the show.

    SNL is showing its age and the current cast can't seem to maintain the same comedic edge the show enjoyed in the past. They have some talented players there but much of the material is just bad. With much of it there is a certain meanness indicative of, IMO, a decadent trend in entertainment I find objectionable. It's biggest crime is that it just isn't funny.

    The same goes for Seth Meyers on the Late Night Show. His comedy for the past year or so has amounted to nothing but a political attack against Trump so one-sided and partisan that it loses any claim to humor.

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    2. I blame it all on our nation's addiction to high powered pot.

      One thinks one is so funny but no one else does, except other high powered pot smokers.

      Another indication of our nation's cultural decline.

      Jack Benny was much better.

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  22. When I read about this beautiful young woman some days ago I knew she was going to get it -

    Here’s what happens when a woman fails to wear a hijab in an actually repressive country

    posted at 12:01 pm on December 13, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

    We’ve had our fair share of hijab news in the United States this year. You may recall that back during the Olympics, one Muslim athlete said that she didn’t feel safe in our country while wearing her traditional Muslim garb. In the heat of the election and the weeks which followed, we heard continual stories of “hate crimes” against women wearing such apparel, even though at least some of them turned out to be hoaxes. So I suppose wearing a hijab can be considered controversial. But not wearing one can cause even more issues depending where you live.

    If’ you’re worried about repression and intolerance in the United States, perhaps you should check out what happens to women in a country where the idea of women’s rights is strictly the subject of fiction. Take, for example, our friend and ally Saudi Arabia. They’ve recently demonstrated that the 21st century is still an idea they want no part of and it’s a lesson which came the hard way to one young woman who decided to go to a local cafe without her head being covered. She tweeted a picture of herself doing it and things went downhill from there. (WaPo)

    The Saudi woman was going out for breakfast when she decided to make a statement. Violating the country’s moral codes, she reportedly stepped out in public wearing a multicolored dress, a black jacket and ankle boots — without a hijab or abaya, a loosefitting garment.

    Late last month, she tweeted a photo of her outfit, and the post circulated through Saudi Arabia, drawing death threats and demands to imprison or even execute the woman.

    On Monday, police in the country’s capital of Riyadh said they had arrested the woman, following their duty to monitor “violations of general morals,” a spokesman, Fawaz al-Maiman, said, AFP reported. The woman, who is in her 20s, was imprisoned after posting the tweet of herself standing next to a popular Riyadh cafe, he said.

    He also accused her of “speaking openly about prohibited relations” with unrelated men, according to AFP.

    The first responses came not from the government, but from her own countrymen. Many responses on social media adopted a theme of, “we demand the imprisonment of the rebel Malak al-Shehri.” Many were worse, calling for her to literally lose her head. Another said her body should be dumped in the streets for the dogs. But the social outcry was only the beginning. The government soon came knocking and Ms. al-Shehri was arrested.

    For not wearing a head scarf.


    On the planet Earth.

    In the 21st century.


    It looks like she’s going to avoid losing her head, but the outcome isn’t all that much better. The latest reports indicate that she will be lashed. (Daily Mail)

    A woman who received death threats after going out without her abaya in Saudi Arabia has been arrested and now faces being lashed…

    The Arabic-language al-Sharq newspaper said the woman was detained after a complaint was filed by the religious police.

    ‘Police officers have detained a girl who had removed her abaya on al-Tahliya street, implementing a challenge she announced on social media several days ago,’ Colonel Fawaz al-Maiman, a Riyadh police spokesman, was quoted as saying.

    Getting a lashing in that country is more serious than a spanking from your parents. People have been known to die from it while others wind up being disfigured for life. And this is the punishment the woman received after the “religious police” freaked out because of a picture of her standing on the sidewalk dressed in a stylish fashion went viral.

    If this is how our friends treat women can you imagine how it must be among our enemies?

    http://hotair.com/archives/2016/12/13/heres-what-happens-when-a-woman-fails-to-wear-a-hijab-in-an-actually-repressive-country/

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  23. finding cahokia —

    Finding North America’s lost medieval city

    Cahokia was North America's biggest city—then it was completely abandoned. I went there to find out why.

    Annalee Newitz - 12/13/2016, 4:30 AM

    Enlarge / Artist's recreation of downtown Cahokia, with Monk's Mound at its center.

    A thousand years ago, huge pyramids and earthen mounds stood where East St. Louis sprawls today in Southern Illinois. This majestic urban architecture towered over the swampy Mississippi River floodplains, blotting out the region's tiny villages. Beginning in the late 900s, word about the city spread throughout the southeast. Thousands of people visited for feasts and rituals, lured by the promise of a new kind of civilization. Many decided to stay.

    At the city's apex in 1100, the population exploded to as many as 30 thousand people. It was the largest pre-Columbian city in North America, bigger than London or Paris at the time. Its colorful wooden homes and monuments rose along the eastern side of the Mississippi, eventually spreading across the river to St. Louis. One particularly magnificent structure, known today as Monk’s Mound, marked the center of downtown. It towered 30 meters over an enormous central plaza and had three dramatic ascending levels, each covered in ceremonial buildings. Standing on the highest level, a person speaking loudly could be heard all the way across the Grand Plaza below. Flanking Monk’s Mound to the west was a circle of tall wooden poles, dubbed Woodhenge, that marked the solstices.

    Despite its greatness, the city’s name has been lost to time. Its culture is known simply as Mississippian. When Europeans explored Illinois in the 17th century, the city had been abandoned for hundreds of years. At that time, the region was inhabited by the Cahokia, a tribe from the Illinois Confederation. Europeans decided to name the ancient city after them, despite the fact that the Cahokia themselves claimed no connection to it.

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    1. Centuries later, Cahokia's meteoric rise and fall remain a mystery. It was booming in 1050, and by 1400 its population had disappeared, leaving behind a landscape completely geoengineered by human hands. Looking for clues about its history, archaeologists dig through the thick, wet, stubborn clay that Cahokians once used to construct their mounds. Buried beneath just a few feet of earth are millennia-old building foundations, trash pits, the cryptic remains of public rituals, and in some places, even, graves.

      To find out what happened to Cahokia, I joined an archaeological dig there in July. It was led by two archaeologists who specialize in Cahokian history, Sarah Baires of Eastern Connecticut State University and Melissa Baltus of University of Toledo. They were assisted by Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Watts of Indiana University, Bloomington, and a class of tireless undergraduates with the Institute for Field Research. Together, they spent the summer opening three large trenches in what they thought would be a sleepy little residential neighborhood southwest of Monk's Mound.

      They were wrong. The more they dug, the more obvious it became that this was no ordinary place. The structures they excavated were full of ritual objects charred by sacred fires. We found the remains of feasts and a rare earthen structure lined with yellow soils. Baires, Baltus, and their team had accidentally stumbled on an archaeological treasure trove linked to the city's demise. The story of this place would take us back to the final decades of a great city whose social structure was undergoing a radical transformation.

      East St. Louis palimpsest
      Finding a lost city in the modern world isn’t exactly like playing Tomb Raider. Instead of hacking through jungle and fighting a dragon, I drove to Cahokia on a road that winds through the depressed neighborhoods of East St. Louis and into Collinsville, Illinois. As recently as the 1970s, the ancient city’s elevated walkways and mounds were covered over by suburban developments. Just west of Monk's Mound was the Mounds Drive-In Theater....

      http://arstechnica.com/features/2016/12/theres-a-1000-year-old-lost-city-beneath-the-st-louis-suburbs/

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  24. "Everybody goes to Ye Olde Mafia Barber Shoppe because it's always empty"

    Bogi Yerra

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  25. TRUMP: I'm a 'smart person,' don't need intelligence briefings every single day

    http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Donald-Trump-I-don-t-have-much-faith-in-US-9152316.php

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    1. If he's such a smart man why not write up the intelligence briefs himself and give them out to the CIA, NSA, etc ?

      Keep them up to speed.

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  26. Iran building nuke-powered warships after U.S. 'violation' of deal....DRUDGE

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  27. Jennifer Rubin: (Washington Post)

    Trump's picks
    "a bunch of ignoramuses and billionaires."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH5B6PObg00

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  28. WaPo owned and edited by Amazon

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    1. America First scares the Begeezus out of everyone that isn't American and everyone that has the global fixation. Too bad. They should go to their safe place and eat a cookie.

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