August 22nd – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #945

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  1. formerdem says:

    Look! This is GREAT! I Love Our President.
    NEW YORK, August 23 (C-Fam) The U.S. Government has reached out to foreign capitals to request support for U.S. pro-life efforts at the United Nations. Such a high-level pro-life effort by a U.S. administration is unprecedented.

    A joint letter signed by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary Alex Azar of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was sent last month to ask governments to support U.S. pro-life efforts at the United Nations in the lead up to a global health summit this September.

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    • YvonnePearson says:

      This is good.

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      • Remington says:

        Great idea. I think they should move all dept’s out of DC, leaving the WH in place. In fact, they should move the Dept of Education to the Hindu Kush.


    • Sofa King says:

      I’m going to piggyback on your comment, to share THE BEST article out of zerohedge in a long time.

      Authored by Yossef Bodansky via GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs,

      All attention is focused on the twists-and-turns of the very noisy US-Iran dispute in the Persian Gulf, but all the while the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is rapidly and quietly consolidating a dominant presence in the area with the active support of Russia.

      Beijing, as a result, is fast acquiring immense influence over related key dynamics such as the price of oil in the world market and the relevance of the petrodollar. The PRC and the Russians are capitalizing on both the growing fears of Iran and the growing mistrust of the US. Hence, the US is already the main loser of the PRC’s gambit.

      The dramatic PRC success can be attributed to the confluence of two major trends:

      (1) The quality and relevance of what Beijing can offer to both Iran and the Saudi-Gulf States camp; and

      (2) The decision of key Arab leaders — most notably Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin ‘Abd al-’Aziz al Sa’ud (aka MBS) and his close ally, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (aka MBZ) — to downgrade their traditional close ties with the US, and reach out to Beijing to provide a substitute strategic umbrella.

      Hence, the PRC offer to oversee and guarantee the establishment of a regional collective security regime — itself based on the Russian proposals and ideas first raised in late July 2019 — is now getting considerable positive attention from both shores of the Persian Gulf. Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Oman appear to be becoming convinced that the PRC could be the key to the long-term stability and prosperity in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula.

      Iran is also considering the expansion of security cooperation with Russia as an added umbrella against potential US retaliation.

      Overall, according to sources in these areas, the US was increasingly perceived as an unpredictable, disruptive element.

      The profound change in the attitude of the Saudi and Emirati ruling families, who for decades have considered themselves pliant protégés of the US, took long to evolve. However, once formulated and adopted, the new policies have been implemented swiftly.

      The main driving issue is the realization by both MBS and MBZ that, irrespective of the reassuring rhetoric of US Pres. Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, their bitter nemesis — Qatar — is far more important to the US than the rest of the conservative Arab monarchies and sheikhdoms of the GCC. The last straw came in early July 2019 in the aftermath of the visit of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to Washington, DC. Sheikh Tamim received an extravagant reception from both Pres. Trump in person and official Washington. Trump lavished praises on Qatar and the Emir, and emphasized the US renewed commitment “to further advancing the high-level strategic cooperation between our two countries”.

      There are good reasons for the US preference of Qatar.

      The Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar is by far the most important US base in the entire greater Middle East. Qatar is mediating between the US and several nemeses, including Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey. Qatar is providing “humanitarian cash” to HAMAS in the Gaza Strip, thus buying quiet time for Israel. Qatar has given generous “political shelter” to numerous leaders, seniors, and commanders of questionable entities the US would like to protect but would never acknowledge this (including anti-Russia Chechens and other Caucasians, and anti-China Uighurs).

      Qatari Intelligence is funding and otherwise supporting the various jihadist entities which serve as proxies of the CIA and M?T (Milli ?stihbarat Te?kilat?: the Turkish National Intelligence Organization) in the greater Middle East (mainly Syria, Iraq, Libya, Jordan, Yemen) and Central Asia (mainly Afghanistan-Pakistan, China’s Xinjiang and Russia’s Caucasus and the Turkic peoples of eastern Siberia).

      On top of this, Qatar is purchasing billions of dollars’ worth of US-made weapons; and paying cash on-time (unlike the habitually late Saudis who now cannot afford to pay what they’ve already promised).

      Moreover, the Middle East is awash with rumors that Qatari businessmen saved the financial empire of the Kushner family by investing at least half-a-billion dollars in the 666 5th Avenue project in New York. The rumors are very specific in that the investment was made for political reasons on instruction of the Emir. In the conspiracies-driven Arab Middle East, such rumors are believed and serve as a viable motive for the policies of the Trump White House: an ulterior motive the Saudis and Gulfies cannot challenge.

      The handling by the Trump White House of the Iranian shootdown of the US RQ-4A/BAMS-D Global Hawk drone on June 20, 2019, only exacerbated further the anguish of both MBS and MBZ. Both of them, along with other Arab leaders, urged the Trump White House to strike hard at Iran in retaliation. Both MBS and MBZ communicated in person with the most senior individuals at the White House. They were stunned to learn that Trump communicated directly with Tehran on the possibility of a largely symbolic retaliatory strike, and the prospects of bilateral negotiations.

      Both MBS and MBZ consider the last-minute cancellation of the US retaliatory strike a personal affront and humiliation because Trump did not accept and follow their positions and demands for action. Both MBS and MBZ are now convinced that not only the US demonstrated weakness and lack of resolve, but that Pres. Trump was personally not committed to fighting Iran on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf sheikhdoms.

      Furthermore, there is growing trepidation in Saudi Arabia about the viability of the Pakistani guarantees to the Kingdom, particularly concerning nuclear deterrence.

      In the past, Islamabad mediated the Saudi purchase of ballistic missiles from the PRC (procurements which are supported by Pakistani military technicians and security personnel) and had allocated two nuclear warheads for launch from Saudi Arabia in case of an Iranian attack, all in return for lavish Saudi funding of Pakistan’s nuclear and strategic weapons programs.

      However, there has been a profound turnaround in Pakistani policies starting in the Summer of 2019.

      First, Pakistan reached a comprehensive military agreement with Turkey with the latter providing weapons and other military systems, as well as training, in order to replace US and Western systems which were no longer available. In the first area of active cooperation, Turkey mediated modalities for trilateral cooperation (Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan) in fighting Baluchi jihadists and insurgents. Second, Pakistan is expediting the shipping of huge quantities of Iranian gas to western China by mainly using existing pipelines, from the Fars fields to Chabahar, then via the Iran-Pakistan pipeline to Gwadar, and then via the CPEC (the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) pipeline to Xinjiang. As well, Iran and Pakistan cooperate closely in negotiations with various Afghan factions to ameliorate any US achievements in the Doha negotiations with the Taliban.

      Hence, both MBS and MBZ wonder, can Saudi Arabia trust Pakistan to deter and confront Iran and its allies on behalf of Saudi Arabia?

      Concurrently, with the face-off with the US not going away, Iranian Supreme Leader AyatollahSayyed Ali Khamene‘i convened anew the key Iranian leaders in order to reiterate the tenets of Tehran’s strategy and to reinforce their resolve. Khamene‘i stressed his and Iran’s commitment to becoming the leading regional power, and repeated that there was no possibility for a negotiated compromise with the US. In the meeting, Khamene‘i stated “three directives for Iran” which were to be followed and realized under any condition. As reported by authoritative commentator Elijah Magnier, Khamene‘i’s directives are:

      “1. Adherence to Iran’s right to nuclear enrichment and everything related to this science at all costs. Nuclear enrichment is a sword Iran can hold in the face of the West, which wants to take it from Tehran. It is Iran’s card to obstruct any US intention of ‘obliterating’ Iran.

      “2. Continue to develop Iran’s missile capability and ballistic programs. This is Iran’s deterrent weapon that prevents its enemies from waging war against it. Sayyed Ali Khamene‘i considers the missile program a balancing power to prevent harm against Iran.

      “3. Support Iran’s allies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen, and never abandon them, because they are essential to Iran’s national security.”

      Elijah Magnier further explained that “Sayyed Khamene‘i recommended these commandments to preserve the Islamic Republic of Iran, and that each of these three items is equally important for the safety of Iran, its existence and continuity, and national and strategic security.”

      The aggregate objective of these three directives, Khamene‘i elaborated, was to enable and expedite the ascent of Iran as a regional power. The Iranian strategic ascent would manifest itself by tight control over both the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab al Mandab, as well as the entire Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea; that is, controlling the region’s oil and gas exports. Emboldened, the Iranians would intensify their demands for the return of “traditional Iranian territory”, starting with Bahrain [even though the Iranian Government of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi had formally relinquished its claim on Bahrain in 1970 — Ed.].

      There can be expected to be growing demands from Tehran to empower the Shi’ite population of the eastern Arabian Peninsula — where all the oil and gas reserves are located — in accordance with Iran’s long-term commitment to the establishing of an Islamic Republic of Eastern Arabia. These are all traditional long-term demands of Iran. The novelty in Khamene‘i’s most recent address is the assertiveness and immediacy of the Iranian quest to meet these demands.

      The importance and essence of Khamene‘i’s message spread across the Persian Gulf quickly. Consequently, both MBS and MBZ are cognizant that Khamene‘i’s Tehran was unlikely to compromise or go back on these commitments and objectives. There was no similar indication of resolve coming from Trump’s Washington. Thus, MBS, MBZ and most other Arab leaders had become increasingly convinced that the US would sooner or later withdraw from the Persian Gulf and the greater Middle East. The current bluster and assertiveness of the Trump Administration could not negate the overall trend: that of the US disengagement and withdrawal.

      The Arab leaders believe that the US would empower Israel as a subcontractor, but Israel has its own priorities and vital interests. Michael Young articulated the perception of the region’s leaders in the August 7, 2019, issue of The National of the UAE. “A new regional security order is emerging, with Israel taking a much more interventionist approach and playing a military rôle partly replacing that previously fulfilled by Washington, particularly with regard to Iran. Israel’s efforts to counter Iran have paralleled those of a number of Arab states, with all sides adapting to a new situation in which the US has decided to militarily disengage from the Middle East.”

      Both MBS and MBZ concluded that they need a far stronger strategic umbrella than the US and Israel could offer in order to survive in the era of Iran’s ascent.

      As a result, MBZ reached out to Beijing in early July 2019. After comprehensive preparatory negotiations, MBZ arrived in Beijing on July 20, 2019, for a milestone visit in which he met PRC Pres. Xi Jinping for lengthy discussions. According to PRC senior officials, Mohammed bin Zayed and Xi Jinping “elevated the two countries’ relationship to that of a strategic partnership”. The key outcome was the UAE’s acceptance of the dominance of the PRC and Russia in the Persian Gulf.

      “The UAE and China are moving towards a promising future,” MBZ said in his concluding meeting with Xi Jinping. His visit aimed at “developing co-operation and a comprehensive strategic partnership, as well as opening new horizons for joint action in various sectors,” MBZ explained. Xi Jinping responded by stressing “the profound significance of China-Arab relations”. The PRC and the UAE would now work closely together to transform the Persian Gulf into “a security oasis” rather than a new “source of turmoil”.

      Significantly, Xi Jinping referred to “a hundred years of grand plan” when describing the PRC’s relations with the UAE. MBZ also signed a large number of bilateral agreements, both economic and strategic.

      While in Beijing, Mohammed bin Zayed asked Xi Jinping to mediate a deal with Tehran in order to negate the US-driven escalation and possible war. The PRC moved very fast, and within a few days dispatched to Tehran a high-ranking delegation led by the head of the International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Song Tao. His mandate was to discuss the new security regime for the Persian Gulf, as well as the conditions for increasing PRC purchase of Iranian oil in disregard of the US sanctions. On the Iranian side, Song Tao’s official host was the highly influential Secretary of the Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei. This meant that Khamene‘i was directly involved. Song Tao stayed in Tehran for three days and met with a large number of senior officials, mostly members of Khamene‘i’s innermost circle of confidants and advisors.

      All the Iranian officials were very assertive regarding Iran’s resolve to withstand US pressure at all cost, and eager for PRC cooperation in stabilizing the region and preventing war.

      Rezaei articulated Iran’s strategy. “Any kind of insecurity and conflict in this region would carry harm to global peace and security,” he stated. “Americans and Britain have been fanning the flames of war in the Persian Gulf region and they want to pretend they have control over the Strait of Hormuz and the movement of vessels. Of course, we do not allow this to happen. In the meantime, we expect cooperation from our friends in China.”

      He hoped for Chinese cooperation in preventing escalation. Should such cooperation fail to materialize, Iran would have to act boldly. “Persian Gulf security is our security and we have to respond to their attacks and destabilizing actions in order to maintain security,” Rezaei stated. Tehran’s preference is for the PRC to help in securing “free shipping and security in the Persian Gulf”.

      The Head of Iran’s Foreign Policy Strategic Council, Kamal Kharrazi, reminded Song Tao that “both Iran and China are opposed to US’s unilateralism and hegemony”.

      Hence, both countries should work closely together in confronting the US. The Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, also stressed that close cooperation “can help counter the US animosity and neutralize its consequences”. He suggested that Russia should be brought into the new security regime in the Persian Gulf. Larijani urged the PRC to expedite its anti-US intervention in the Persian Gulf because “success of this plan is contingent upon practical steps”. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noted “the two countries’ common strategic outlook toward international developments”, and urged close cooperation in order to reverse “Washington’s attempts to impose its own hegemony on the world”.

      All the Iranian officials had no problem with some form of rapprochement with the UAE and Saudi Arabia provided they did neither participate in a war against Iran, nor permit the US to use their territory and bases for strikes against Iran and Iranian proxies.

      The PRC delegation was impressed by the Iranian eagerness to cooperate and to accept a PRC umbrella.

      Song Tao told his interlocutors that “the mission of the delegation is to strengthen the strategic coordination and dialogue between the two countries and we are willing to confront challenges and problems together”. He agreed with the imperative to jointly confront the US, and accepted the need to move fast jointly. Song Tao concurred that “there are complicated and rapid developments happening on the international stage that have created challenges for the countries of China and Iran, but our resolve and determination is to support Iran’s legal and legitimate rights to development and progress”. Song Tao promised to discuss in Beijing concrete ideas how to improve and expand the PRC’s policy of “long-term strategic” ties with Iran in view of the current situation in the Persian Gulf.

      By now, the PRC Government had already organized the first meeting between Emirati and Iranian senior officials. First, on July 26, 2019, an Emirati “peace delegation” arrived in Tehran for secret discussions on the new modalities of bilateral relations, new security regimes in the Persian Gulf and Yemen (from where the UAE is withdrawing to the chagrin of Saudi Arabia), and overall GCC-Iran relations. The emphasis was on crisis management and the prevention of accidental escalation in the Persian Gulf. On July 30, 2019, the UAE dispatched a high-level Coast Guard delegation to Tehran.

      Officially, the two sides discussed maritime border control and patrolling in order to avoid misunderstandings and clashes. The delegation included an undeclared senior emissary of MBZ. He assured his Iranian interlocutors that the UAE was ready for a fundamental change of relationship with Iran including a “rapprochement” and expansion of trade. The UAE also committed to distancing from the US, accepting PRC influence in the entire region, and working with Iran for a regional security regime.

      One of the key issues raised with the Emirati delegation in Tehran was the Saudi position. The UAE emissary asserted that all of the recent activities, including the request for PRC mediation, were the outcome of close coordination between MBZ and MBS. However, he explained, given the close relations between MBS and the Trump White House, MBS felt more constrained in making a dramatic shift the way MBZ did.

      Therefore, on July 31, 2019, Zarif offered an olive branch.

      He declared that “Iran is prepared for dialogue if Saudi Arabia is also ready”. He repeated the message in an interview with the official IRNA. “If Saudi Arabia is ready for talks, Iran is always ready for negotiation with neighbors,” Zarif stated. Tehran “is interested in cooperation with [her] neighbors.” Just to be on the safe side, the next day — August 1, 2019 — Iran sent a reminder of the alternative. The Houthis launched a ballistic missile attack on Saudi military positions near Dammam city.

      Located in the Shi’ite area on the shores of the Persian Gulf, Dammam is a critical center of the Saudi oil infrastructure, including a major oil port. Riyadh got the message. Hence, on August 3, 2019, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash stated that “the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia prefer a political approach to their problems with Iran”.

      Iran acted on the message. High-level emissaries traveled secretly to Mecca in early August 2019 as part of the Iranian delegation to prepare for the Hajj (August 9-14, 2019). They held secret talks about the future of the Persian Gulf with Saudi senior officials. These talks were personally supervised and micromanaged by MBS, who made all the decisions and determined the Saudi positions. Although the Saudis were forthcoming, and repeatedly expressed their desire to avoid escalation and fighting, they were also reticent to break with the US.

      Simply put, the Saudis — reflecting the persona of MBS — were risk-averse and incapable of making concrete decisions. They neither said “no” to anything, nor did they commit to anything concrete.

      The Iranian negotiators were encouraged by the overall spirit of the negotiations, but frustrated with the slow progress of the discussions. Therefore, on August 7, 2019, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif taunted Riyadh. He urged Saudi Arabia to make its own decision rather than be subservient to the US.

      “Some countries see their future and security hinged upon dependence and regard security as something purchasable, and think that they can maintain their security by paying money and buying weapons and learn nothing from history,” Zarif said. “How come [Saudi Arabia] did not realize that money does not bring security?” The Saudi posture is in stark contrast to the posture of the Islamic Republic of Iran. “We never buy security, nor do we sell security because we derive our security, development, and legitimacy from [our] people,” Zarif concluded.

      One of the reasons Tehran felt confident to prod both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi was that both were by now engulfed in a major crisis concerning the US. For a long time, MBS, MBZ and their close aides suspected that the US was hiding major matters from them. While the Trump White House kept demanding uncompromising confrontation with Tehran and warning against any and all contacts, MBS and MBZ suspected that Washington was not itself following these principles. Both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have long known about active channels and mediation efforts by Doha, but whenever the subject came up, Trump’s Washington would assure them that the Qatar channel was only procedural and not much different from the US interests office in the Swiss Embassy in Tehran.

      Then, on August 5, 2019, the US Ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, dropped the bomb.

      “We have direct communication channels with Tehran,” he acknowledged. And these are not simple channels. While diplomatic discussions and de facto negotiations are taking place via the good services of Doha, the back-channel in Baghdad was specifically with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC: Pasdaran) Qods Force. These contacts were aimed to minimize the likelihood of clashes and misunderstandings in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and the Persian Gulf. This venue was most logical because the local Iranian Ambassador is Brig. Gen. Iraj Masjedi who is the right-hand man and deputy of Qods Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

      According to Iraqi senior officials, some of the US-Iranian communications regarding the aftermath of the shoot-down of the US drone were held via this venue. The US also used this channel to try and convince Tehran not to attack the US forces in al-Tanf (southern Syria) and in the Ein al-Assad Air Base and adjacent bases (western Iraq).

      Both Riyadh and Doha were stunned and humiliated because the Trump White House did not bother to inform them of the Baghdad back-channel, while pressuring them to avoid all contacts and negotiations with Iran.

      Another reason for the growing self-confidence and assertiveness of Iran was the most recent evolution of its strategic relations with Russia. On July 28, 2019, the Commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi, was in Russia, ostensibly for the Navy Day celebrations. He conducted major discussions about a new level of military cooperation specifically in order to counter the US Navy threats.

      At the end of the visit, Khanzadi reported in Tehran: “Iranian and Russian armed forces have signed a ‘classified’ deal to expand cooperation through a series of projects, one of which will be joint military drills in the Persian Gulf before the end of the year.” “Some articles of this agreement are classified, but overall, it is aimed at expanding military cooperation between the two countries.”

      Khanzadi termed the new agreements a “turning point” in the “military-to-military ties between Iran and Russia”. The agreement includes Russian-Iranian joint naval maneuvers to be held in the northern part of the Indian Ocean and in the Strait of Hormuz before the end of 2019. A major part of the classified agreement concerned giving the Russian Navy base-level installations in the Iranian Navy facilities in Chabahar, Bandar-e-Bushehr, and in the Strait of Hormuz (Bandar-e-Jask and/or Bandar Abbas).

      The Russian Navy would also be able to use a Naval Aviation airbase near Bandar-e-Bushehr. In addition to technical, logistics and communications personnel, Russia would keep in these bases SPETSNAZ detachments for both local security and the ability to help Russian and allied ships in distress in the Persian Gulf.

      On August 3, 2019, Khamene‘i’s closest aides conducted sensitive talks with a secret delegation of Russian officials. Tehran wanted to ascertain the Russian reaction to a US attack on Iran in case of a major escalation. “[An] attack on Iran would be an attack on Russia,” the Russians stated without equivocation. Hence, Khamene‘i formally approved and ratified the new agreements with Russia on August 4, 2019. Khamene‘i also authorized follow-up high-level discussions in Moscow about jointly implementing the Russian “proposed security plan for the Persian Gulf”, while adapting it to the new agreement with the PRC. The first rounds of discussions took place on August 6-7, 2019.

      Russia, it was clear, had no problem with the new PRC rôle and stature in the Persian Gulf.

      Meanwhile, the continued contacts with Washington reinforced Tehran’s conviction that a major confrontation in the greater Middle East remained possible despite the day-to-day cooling down of the situation in the Persian Gulf. Khamene‘i instructed better coordination of the diplomatic and military preparations for the next phase.

      The new challenge for the IRGC was to up-date the contingency plans for the confrontation and war with the US and Israel under the new conditions where the US could no longer use bases in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain (on top of Qatar and Iraq which had long ago announced they would not permit the US to use their territories and installations for strikes against Iran). It was imperative for the Qods Force to ascertain firsthand how confident Tehran was about the new position of the Arab royals from across the Gulf.

      As a result, on August 6, 2019, Qassem Soleimani met Mohammed Javad Zarif at the Foreign Ministry in downtown Tehran.

      They discussed coordination of forthcoming regional crises and diplomatic initiatives. They agreed that the current dynamic vis-à-vis the US could lead to either a US capitulation and withdrawal, or to a major escalation all over the greater Middle East. Soleimani believed the latter option was more likely. Therefore, Soleimani and Zarif discussed how to better utilize the Russian and PRC umbrella to not only shield Iran against US onslaught, but to also convince the Arab states to stay out of the fighting.

      Soleimani assured Zarif that “the IRGC’s Qods Force is fully supportive of the diplomatic apparatus of the country in all encounters against the US harsh policies”. In a brief photo-op, Soleimani addressed the newly-imposed US sanctions on Zarif, and “congratulated the Foreign Minister on becoming a target of the US anger and animosity because of [his] affiliation with [the] Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamene‘i”.

      In early August 2019, the Gulf sheikhdoms and Saudi Arabia agreed to seek and accept the PRC umbrella as proposed to them, and so notified Beijing. According to the plan, the PRC would provide an overall umbrella capable of containing and restraining the US, while Russia would join China in calming down Iran and ameliorating threats to the Arabs.

      Among the Arab leaders involved, Mohammed bin Zayed was the most enthusiastic and active in embracing the new regional order which was effectively anti-US. Mohammad bin Salman followed, but somewhat hesitantly. MBS was afraid to acknowledge the collapse of what he had perceived to be his close personal relations with the upper-most echelons of the Trump White House: that is, Trump and Kushner.

      On August 6, 2019, the PRC Ambassador to Tehran, Chang Hua, delivered the decision of the Forbidden City to play the active and leading rôle in the establishment of a new regime of collective security in the Persian Gulf.

      Beijing was convinced, he stated, that “any projects and initiatives that aim to strengthen security in the Persian Gulf must be proposed and carried out by the regional countries themselves”. Chang Hua explained that “the Chinese side, as President Xi Jinping has said, is hopeful that the Persian Gulf will remain a region of peace and security”. The PRC was ready to actively contribute to the sustenance of peace and security in this crucial area. “The Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz are the most critical channel and gateway in the world for transferring energy; therefore, they are significant for the world’s policy-making, security and economy,” Chang Hua concluded.

      The PRC also started to implement specific undertakings.

      First came the decision to increase the importation of Iranian oil, not only to help an ally in distress, but also as an affront to the United States. According to PRC senior officials in Beijing: “China continues oil imports from Iran to show independence from US sanctions.” The PRC also agreed to purchase oil with yuans, euros, and other currencies in order to reduce their vulnerability to US financial sanctions. The PRC would continue to import its Iranian crude via at least a dozen Iranian tankers also in order to demonstrate to all that “China [is] a country powerful enough to bust US sanctions”.

      Moreover, the anticipated large-scale PRC imports of Iranian crude would have a major impact on the price of oil. Experts in the US and Europe concluded that under such circumstances, the oil price could sink by as much as $30 a barrel. The experts worried that the PRC might decide to purchase large quantities of Iranian oil as a retaliation for the trade/tariff war with the US.

      “This decision would both undermine US foreign policy and cushion the negative terms-of-trade effects on the Chinese economy of rising US tariffs,” concluded a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research report. Significantly, the original price estimate discussed between the US and Saudi Arabia was $60 a barrel. That estimate was based on the idea that increased Saudi and US oil production would fill the gap created by the imposition of the US sanctions on Iranian oil. But the PRC commitment to buying more Iranian oil invalidated this plan. Thus, while the UAE was willing to accept such a price drop as a necessary evil needed to prevent a calamitous regional war, Saudi Arabia was furious, given its financial woes which the oil price hike could have eased.

      Meanwhile, also on August 6, 2019, the PRC Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ni Jian, formally informed Abu Dhabi that, should there be a deterioration in the security situation, the PRC’s PLA Navy would start escorting tankers and other commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf. “If there happens to be a very unsafe situation, we will consider having our navy escort our commercial vessels,” Ni Jian stated.

      Officially, Beijing did not rule out coordination with the US-led initiative to escort tankers through the Strait of Hormuz. However, given the PRC commitment to buying and shipping Iranian oil that the US initiative was intended to prevent, the prospects for PRC cooperation would probably be nil. Ni Jian emphasized the PRC support for regional security arrangements and regional negotiations of the type the UAE has with Iran. “We have the position that all disputes should be sorted by peaceful means and by political discussions, not … military actions,” Ni Jian concluded.

      Beijing’s agreeing to assume a major, and, for the PRC, unprecedented, rôle in the Persian Gulf comes at a crucial time for the PLA.

      On July 28, 2019, the PRC issued a major White Paper titled China’s National Defense in the New Era. The document constituted an authoritative statement regarding the PRC’s military reforms and strategic aspirations under the leadership of Xi Jinping.

      For the first time, an official PRC defense document acknowledged the rivalry with the US military and clearly articulated China’s long-term goal to confront and challenge “US dominance”. These goals would be attained through, among other things, the expansion of the PRC “power projection capabilities”, particularly the Navy’s. The White Paper heralded a significant shift in maritime strategy from “near seas defense” to “the combination of near seas defense and far seas protection”. Adopting the “far seas” strategy, the White Paper stated, would enable the PRC to “build itself into a maritime power”.

      Xi Jinping’s longer-term objective was for the PLA to become a global force. With the new rôle in the Persian Gulf, Xi Jinping’s PRC was taking a major step toward attaining this goal.


  2. mopar2016 says:

    PDJT wants to move the “Bureau of Land Management” from DC to Colorado.
    Sounds like a good idea to me. Lot of splody heads don’t like it.

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  6. jeans2nd says:

    Not certain what to think of this one –
    “US,Taliban agree to remove US troops from Afghanistan: Gen. Keane” 4:38

    This agreement requires us to trust the Taliban. Ummm, ok ???
    But Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell have a plan. Well, alrighty then…
    Which is more dangerous?

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    • Do stop thinking about tomorrow says:

      Careless what the agreement is or whether they honor it. Bring our troops home. No more death or maming or you men and women.

      If they don’t honor plead turn them into glass parking lot.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        I totally agree. The US has lost too many soldiers and we have spent far too much money trying to save these people from themselves. They DO NOT WANT TO BE SAVED. Let them reap the rewards of their desires or lack of effort to free themselves. At some time, the nations we tried to save need to show some desire to stand on their own.


  7. Bert Darrell says:

    The VFM (Very Fake Media) is now announcing that the recent bond yield “inversion” (that lasted one day and was “inspired” by an insignificant rate difference) will be definitely followed by recession within (drums roll here) 1 or 2 YEARS, just when nobody will remember their lie. Even if there is a recession in 2025 (and a D-Rat wins the presidency at that time) they VFM will claim that they predicted it.

    Oh! another reluctantly acknowledged: mortgage interest rates are falling, stimulating home purchases. Home purchases are accompanied by a surge in the sale of durable and other goods (renovations, additions, repairs, new appliances, etc. etc.) Isn’t that awful? /SSS (triple sarc).

    Lies courtesy of the always lying, anti-American VFM: CNBC, a subsidiary of enemedia NBC.

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  8. Marygrace Powers says:

    Greenland Seeks To Break Silence Around Child Sexual Abuse/

    JUN 26, 2019

    COPENHAGEN – “In Greenland, the scourge of child sexual abuse has emerged as a pressing concern with nearly 1 in 3 having suffered abuse in their childhood, and efforts to combat it hampered by a persistent conspiracy of silence.

    The sparsely populated autonomous Danish territory is confronted with major social problems, including high levels of suicide and alcoholism. The government highlights alcohol and hash abuse as the number one health concern.

    But the recent airing of a documentary on sexual abuse on Danish public television has put the spotlight on the issue, renewing the Arctic island’s commitment to tackling abuse of children……

    …She is a resident of Tasiilaq, a remote village in the south-east where the documentary said nearly half of adults under 60 years of age have been sexually abused as children.

    Tasiilaq also reflects another troubling statistic with as many as one in five people committing suicide. Greenland has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.”

    Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had an opportunity
    to discuss these HORRIFIC statistics with PDJT and

    Liked by 1 person

    • JK says:

      Have we heard from Mette today ?
      It looks like she now comprehends that you do not call the President of the US of A “absurd”.
      I expect a form of apology from Mette & Co. to be upcoming soon and a move to put back the trip on the agenda.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Debra says:

      ‘Conspiracy of silence’ has its roots in being called ‘crazy’ should one actually speak up and try to alert the ‘proper authorities’ that some improprieties are occurring . . .


    • ilcon says:

      Mette, cut your losses and sell.
      There is a well known job creator willing to make an offer.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Justin Green says:

      It’s not a Congressional hearing, so there may not be a feed. Would be interesting to watch if someone finds one – I didn’t come up with a link.


  9. Brant says:

    I noted in cry baby press below. I haven’t heard/seen Acosta or April in months. I would vote for Trump on that alone. Also, 6 months from now they will be in the cold, snow, sleet, hopefully howling winds. I can’t wait.

    Liked by 2 people

    • BitchyPants says:

      Cameras are not longer put on reporters asking questions – maybe that is the reason
      At least at the pressers of President Trump on the WH lawn anyway
      Good Idea whoever thought of that


    • CountryDoc says:

      With Whirring chopper blades that force the use of directional microhones, and make it impossible to record the reporters question. President Trump repeats whatever he wants to address. They can’t but in.


  10. citizen817 says:

    Liked by 1 person

  11. burnett044 says:

    Wish we had many more like Tom Fitton…only one doing a dam,n thing about Hildabeast..

    Liked by 7 people

  12. Dora says:

    Why is this not all over the news?


    The “Lungs Of The Earth” Are Being Burned Away As Unprecedented Wildfires Absolutely Ravage The Planet

    Liked by 1 person

    • Nigella says:

      Because it’s hysterics

      Liked by 6 people

    • boogywstew says:

      I wonder how many are arson? I believe less and less folks would have a moral qualm about enjoying a fire they, themselves, set.

      Liked by 1 person

    • I Will Not Comply says:

      Dora, Because it stupid.


      • Somebody says:

        The large fire in the Amazon is not stupid, it’s quite serious. Is it the end of the world, no. Is it due to climate change, I doubt it.

        The article is correct that the Amazon rain forest functions somewhat as a lung for the planet. The other large “lung” area is in China iirc, and is being destroyed too. (Has to do with global wind patterns, easy to verify not climate change BS)

        Both situations are concerning, but I’m not sure what, if anything can be done. There are other smaller areas across the globe that function in the same way on a smaller scale. I guess those areas will pick up the slack???

        A massive fire like this is serious though, and not stupid or a laughing matter, especially if you live nearby. Hopefully some rain will soon fall there.

        As to the OP’s question why it is not being covered by the media…..they’re still working on how they’re going to blame it on POTUS 😉 Once they figure that out, it will be 24/7 coverage.

        Liked by 1 person

    • booger71 says:

      Unfortunately, many believe that this is just the beginning. Global weather patterns are going haywire, and so the extremes that we have seen so far may just be the tip of the iceberg.

      The environment that we depend upon for life every moment of every day is being shaken, and many are deeply alarmed about what is happening to the Earth. Each day it is being destroyed a little bit more, and the clock is ticking…
      Sounds like climate change alarmists to me. ZeroHedge has a history of engaging in histrionics.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Christopher D. Johnson says:

      Probably because its fake news (says the son of a forester).

      640,000,000 acres sounds like a lot, but its less than half of percent of Earth’s surface area, but that’s only about 5% of all the world’s forests, particularly the old ones most prone to wildfire are one of the worst consumers of CO2 around.

      Fresh growth after a fire passes through eats up far more CO2 than old growth does. Some really old forests that don’t burn often are actually net CO2 producers because of all the rotting old wood in them.

      Wildfires generally result in a net improvement in CO2 absorption; the CO2 emitted in the fire being dwarfed by the amount consumed as the area regrows.

      Further, the vast majority of the photosynthesis that removes CO2 from the air happens because of the algae living in the oceans and grows proportionally to the amount of CO2 in the air (i.e. if the CO2 rate started to go up, more algae would grow and consume it).

      Basically, this is a “water is wet” story to people who actually know about the life cycle of forests.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Kent says:

        The true reason behind the leftist CO2 histrionics is to control the conversation…it is gaslighting to allow them to take control of and add yet more taxes to our energy supply.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Somebody says:

          Agree Kent and it’s also about power and control over us.

          It’s not that I don’t “believe” in climate change, sure the climate is probably always changing. I just don’t buy into the man made aspect. We had cooling and warming periods long before we had factories and cars. I think the sun is more critical in warming and cooling cycles.

          I’m also fine with trying to limit pollution, within reason. I wouldn’t want to have air quality like they do in China.


      • parleyvous says:

        Note: libs will now demand Amazon to rename their Amazon Firestick.


      • Somebody says:

        Thanks Christopher that was very informative. So it’s sort of good in a way because new growth is better? I’m not big into worrying about CO2, but CO2 goes in and oxygen is then emitted. I presume that process is accelerated with new growth too.


  13. ilcon says:

    Barry back home?

    Liked by 2 people

  14. ilcon says:

    Liked by 1 person

  15. gsonFIT says:

    So I just happened to see a comment on the Daily Caller about the the coming recession because of PDJT’s poor leadership. The comment referenced RV sales, the PMI and of course an inverted yield curve.

    I wonder how many Americans understood there was such a thing as the inverted yield curve 10 days ago?

    Liked by 1 person

    • fanbeav says:

      It inverted for a little this a.m. but then back.


      • Bert Darrell says:

        For as long and foreign country bonds yield no interest, the global smart money seeking security and some earnings will be buying US bonds. Simple as that.

        A credible declaration of recession typically requires at least two consecutive quarters of economic decline (as reflected by the GDP) as well as monthly indicators of increased unemployment, none of which apply to the current US economy.

        Planetary confidence in the US economy vouches against fearmongering by D-Rats and their allied enemedia.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Amy2 says:

          My daughter works for Lowes. On the company broadcast, the CEO kept blaming the Trump administration and how he’s handling China for the increase price of extension cords this Christmas season. What a whiner.


    • Guyski says:

      Interested about your RV sales comment. Did some checking trade articles not media articles. Seems it is more or less an inventory problem. Dealers over-ordered now there is excess inventory.


      • Bubby says:

        Guyski exactly! Sounds like a RV supply/demand problem not a recession! Any time a manufacturer/wholesaler/retailer guesses wrong on the demand for any item there will be either excess inventory or a scarcity. Basic Econ 101 supply demand curve. The msm is using any bogus data aka propaganda to rile the markets and lofo voters! Good grief!


    • Tl Howard says:

      Americans are not ready to believe Barack Obama is evil and tried to overthrow our democracy. During the year’s run-up to a Presidential election, a huge problem with showing Brennan and Clapper for who they are and what they did and tried to do is that the person giving it the okay likely will be identified and that’s a huge problem for POTUS re-election.


      • Mariainohio says:

        I was also suspicious of this when the media started pushing “Trump is a racist” bologna. I assumed that it was to keep Obama safe from prosecution. President Trump has tried to be very hands-off of anything that AG Barr is/was doing but it seems they are laying the groundwork to attack Pres. Trump anyway.


      • freespeechfanatic says:

        The whole coup plot is way too diffuse and complicated to be understood by most people, much less compressed into a politically useful weapon. The fact they did not overthrow the President is the only real satisfaction we’ll know from this.


      • Amy2 says:

        Just let Brennan and Clapper be arrested, and let THEM tell the American people about Obama’s involvement.

        Liked by 1 person

  16. ilcon says:

    Chinese fentanyl?

    Political operatives are CNN.
    Spicer is on a dance show.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. JCM800 says:

    I used to use the word Globalist, yet that wasn’t a complete enough definition.
    Treasonous Class is more apt.
    This applies to British Remainers and most EU Member Countries.

    “NEW video: ‘As our overlords in DC lecture, to distinguish America from The World is immoral. For America to be America there must be no America. As the treason class sees it, America is not your home, because America belongs to The World..”

    Liked by 1 person

    • k4jjj says:

      If America belongs to the world, will the entire world begin paying U.S. taxes?

      Liked by 3 people

      • Bert Darrell says:

        Good question, k4jjj. Every time foreign globalist declare they own the USA a pesky detail pops up. I was thinking about owning Greenland and giving a piece of it to PDJT. Now, you forced me to look into the tax situation.


      • JCM800 says:

        It doesn’t belong to the World, at the moment, but to repel the Invasion is it’s only chance of remaining a Sovereign Nation.

        Loyalty to the Nation is paramount. Globalism is Euphemistic. A Globalist is loyal to no one individual Nation.

        “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

        War consists of Taking of Property and Killing Inhabitants. When Illegal Aliens take property and murder US Citizens, they should be considered at war with US Citizens.
        Those who give these Illegal Aliens aid and comfort commit Treason.

        When those elected as US Representatives, represent any other besides US Citizens they most assuredly are of the Treason Class.


    • Ray Runge says:

      After 45 seconds, IMO, this one is an Artificial Intelligence Bot. The Bot is even advanced for Cali’s insane standards of educating the next generation to believe a global citizen is simply a ward of the state.


  18. ilcon says:

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Troublemaker10 says:

    Liked by 5 people

  20. doubledark1981 says:
    R U serious about your privacy? Want to use a great search engine the DOES NOT track or sell you info? I have broken the chains of the Google slavery on search, I’ve switched to and I have been Google free for 6 years. Yeah I still have to use Google products but the neat thing about the DUCK is the added Privacy Essentials (FireFox) and it does limit what Google can extract.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~COMPETITION is the name of the game, Like the President said in his run in 2016 “What ya gotta lose??????


  21. ilcon says:

    Modern liberalism, Morgan said, is just a “version of fascism” as it offers only aggression and punishment to those who dare to disagree with it.


  22. doubledark1981 says:

    Big Bird de Blasie is tearing up the Iowans. Packing’em in


  23. ilcon says:

    Saw this tweet so posting this again.
    Pay attn. at 5.00 min and again at 6.00.


  24. doubledark1981 says:

    This is gotten WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY outta of hand. President Trump needs to take back the beauty pageant biz ~~ Maybe Tiffany could run it~~~and say “YOU’RE FIRED to whole lot of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  25. gmbliss says:

    I pray that he is successful and frees us from our dem chains!

    Politico: “For President Donald Trump, Minnesota is the one that got away in 2016. Now he’s fixated on flipping the state in 2020 — with the help of a provocative ex-radio host whose rantings earned him the nickname ‘mini-Trump.’ Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis is expected to launch his Minnesota Senate bid on Thursday with guidance from two of Trump’s top political lieutenants. After losing Minnesota by just 1.5 percentage points, the president has told aides repeatedly in recent weeks that he’s determined to win the Democratic stronghold, which hasn’t gone for a Republican presidential candidate since 1972. Trump’s push reflects his broader reelection blueprint, which is focused on a cluster of Midwestern and Rust Belt states that were decided by razor-thin margins in 2016 and are likely to determine the outcome of the election.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • ilcon says:

      Liked by 1 person

    • Kent says:

      Hello gmbliss….I just happened across something on Townhall pertaining to Minn. politics. A gentleman named Lacy Johnson is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Omar in her district. Mr. Johnson is African American and is NOT a politician….I liked what I heard and read from him so I figured I would post about him here….and found that people are talking about Minn. politics already…kewl!….

      I’m considering sending 100 Texas $$$ to his campaign after a bit more research….

      I wasn’t sure about the video link so here’s the link to the Townhall article…

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kent says:

        “candidate is not shy about criticizing Congresswoman Omar.
        His website declares that the congresswoman “supports socialist and globalist agendas which are contrary to the fundamental principles of America” and that she “is self-promoting and more concerned about national politics and being an anti-Trump celebrity than serving the people of Congressional District 5 (CD5).”
        In a campaign video that has accumulated thousands of retweets, the husband and grandfather endorses the value of diligence and personal responsibility:
        “I believe that I am responsible for providing for and supporting my family, not government or anyone else. I believe that goal-setting, hard work, discipline, making good choices, attitude and just plain old tenacity largely determine our accomplishments in life,” he says.”

        Credit Townhall/Alex Nitzberg

        Liked by 1 person

      • gmbliss says:

        Thanks, I have heard of Mr Johnson, so very glad, and I agree he sounds like a very upstanding man. He is in a tough neighborhood and votes will be manufactured and manipulated. The f . k. g Keith Ellison will surely be out stumping for the somalia vote, it is just so disgusting, and the insane leftist will be out in force supporting a ‘woman’.

        I like your idea of supporting him and I will follow your lead. Thank you for the inspiration.

        Liked by 1 person

    • MfM says:

      Sounds good to me, even if it makes the Democrats spend money in Minnesota instead of PA I’m happy.

      PA was tight in 2016 and the Democrats are trying to flip it back Democratic.


  26. doubledark1981 says:

    If I didn’t know already the Pooper Cooper was on the DARK side, I’d say Dandy Andy that’s a tad to much on the gaiety side, dudette!


  27. ilcon says:


  28. sunnyflower5 says:

    Deep thinker Geraldo- wielding a couple hashtags 🙄


  29. doubledark1981 says:

    How’s it feel Joe?


    • Ray Runge says:

      Joe is heading for a crash up. Limited capacity will not serve well in a rough and tumble campaign for the presidency. AND Remember the Auguat 14 Sen. Grassley letter to Steve Mnuchin.. Slow and dumbo Joe is in for a mucho mucho comeuppance.


  30. ilcon says:

    The Hamas exception.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. trumpthepress says:

    At least he had the first part about the press right. He is usually gets all his “deep thoughts” wrong.


  32. islandpalmtrees says:

    So what exactly did Brennan put into Obama’s PDBs? And, why were the PDBs being distributed to 30 high level people in his administration unmasked?

    So with another confirmation that Brennan was putting FBI Counterintelligence Investigation findings into President Obama’s PDB, let’s revisit the statements in April 2017 from President Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice. As relayed in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrew Mitchell:

    Obama’s PDB was making its way to more than 30 recipients, including the president’s top strategic communications aide and speechwriter, and deputy secretaries of national security departments.

    Senator Rand Paul: BREAKING: A high level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the
    Intelligence Report (PDB).

    FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE EXISTING PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 15, 2019) — On Thursday night’s “Hannity,” Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett told host Sean Hannity that former White House occupant Barack Obama was aware of the FBI and CIA’s counterintelligence probe and surveillance of members of the 2016 Trump presidential

    Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy pointed out that counterintelligence operations by the FBI, Justice Department and are carried out for the president.

    So it would have been the responsibility of the Obama administration’s counterintelligence investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign to make sure Barack Obama knew what was going on, he said in a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.

    Obama’s PDB’s have included information about the Trump campaign officials who were under active surveillance. As the Trump transition team enters into office the FBI surveillance is still ongoing. The counterintelligence operation against the incoming administration, and every participating member remains in full swing

    The material within Obama’s PDB, placed by Brennan, is what initially set off alarm bells for Devin Nunes (early 2017) because the material underlying the PDB intelligence product was unmasked by Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

    Obama’s PDB’s have included information about the Trump campaign officials who were under active surveillance. As the Trump transition team enters into office the FBI surveillance is still ongoing. The counterintelligence operation against the incoming administration, and every participating member, remains in full swing.

    Liked by 1 person

  33. doubledark1981 says:

    This is where the Tyranny Tech Group may meet their Waterloo!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  34. doubledark1981 says:

    When will Wrong Way Wray (say that fast 10 x) be brought out and publicly flogged for the delay? (Rhetorical q)


  35. ilcon says:

    Ds are dumb.



    • iswhatitis says:

      In the top video (the gun purchase); I don’t get it that the gun store says it was “uncovered” about the “reporter”‘s history of alcohol abuse and the charge for domestic battery.

      I thought a background check only resulted in a (basically) “Yea” or “Nay” permission on the purchase; not the sharing of the actual contents of their “background file”.



      • Amy2 says:

        I’ve never had a “nay” so I wouldn’t know.

        Maybe it’s like a credit check, they have to give you the reason for a turndown. ‘Makes sense if there’s something on your record you’re unaware of.


        • piper567 says:

          Amy, if you are denied a purchase or a CCL, you may request the cause…
          don’t know ab this particular case, but the process is a part of what you read…or your dealer reveals…when applications go out.


          • iswhatitis says:

            You may request the cause – but that doesn’t mean the dealer has had that cause revealed to them, does it?

            Aren’t you given a number to call or some contact; with whom you make take up the issue?

            What’s in “your permanent record” isn’t anyone’s business. I would think normal “need to know” sensibilities are in place. The dealer doesn’t “need to know” anything except “Yea” or “Nay”. If you need to know why – a contact procedure would be in place.

            Like Amy, I’ve not been turned down; so I guess I don’t know the process for if you do.

            But it just seems like common sense it wouldn’t work that way – that the dealer has all the beans that were spilled to them. Instead, it makes sense they’d just get permission, or not; and have a contact telephone number (along with possible some tracking, case, or “ticket” number).

            Oh well; shows what I know – BUT I think there is something missing in that story.

            If I think of it; next time I make a purchase, I’ll ask if they get the “reason” revealed to them. More likely, I’ll forget by then.



            • piper567 says:

              iswhatitis…I re-read my comment to Amy, and realized what I said was not clear.
              you are right: your info is “private”.
              what I meant ab the dealer “revealing” is this: they tell you what your options are if you are denied…yes, a contact procedure is in place.
              sorry ab the confusion.
              the procedure is the same whether you are buying a firearm or applying for a CPL…if you are denied, you Can find out why.


          • Amy2 says:

            That was my thought as well. Who wouldn’t ask? ‘most of these things are done in writing, but I guess it must be okay for the dealer to tell the customer.


  36. curator55 says:

    “Don’t sweat the small stuff” is a wise saying esp. for a POTUS. Trump is a master at trolling the media but they also cunningly draw him into routine confrontations and other pointless bickering exchanges or set ups which provide them with the kind of edited “crazy or combative” anti Trump videos they love to display to the world. Google P Trump or any variant and 6 negative videos of him should pop up at the top of the 1st page in addition to negative links. Bing was even worse. Without Super Sarah, it’s Trump alone 24/7 and he provides the corrupt media with daily comment gifts to edit and disseminate. Every day on air or on Twitter, he’s on the aggressive attack or defending but how successful will this be for 2020.

    CTH is on Google’s banned list and it is a comforting “Last Refuge” that serves a great purpose for any Trump supporter that can find it. However, the unfettered madness and anti Trump spin beyond it in the vast censored, biased and cruel social media arena could be discouraging some Trump voters from voting in 2020 or even from seeing anything positive. And the margins in some key states in 2016 were not huge. Even “Women for Trump” was banned on Facebook. GP believes: “Either the Trump administration and Republicans act on tech censorship before 2019 is over or they will face a huge upset in November 2020.” I don’t doubt it as suburban women get their news from Facebook. Robert Epstein’s warning “that just one Google shift in search results on Election Day in 2018 shifted from 800,000 to 4.6 million votes to Democratic candidates” might not be an exaggeration. (GP)

    I wonder if some Trump voters are also beginning to feel forgotten as the small stuff like Greenland/Denmark and the daily battles with an insignificant CNN or NBC nincompoop reporter often seem to be taking up too much of his time and attention. Let others take on the “small stuff.” I hope the incalculable pressure on P Trump’s shoulders is not affecting his usually insightful judgment.


    • BitchyPants says:

      Who in the World thinks that all suburban women get anything from Facebook?
      Most that I know are not even on FB – so I have no idea where this piece of BS originated?


    • piper567 says:

      curator, I think the President is uniquely gifted in the skills needed to make the most of his time.
      I don’t see Anything “taking up too much of his time”, ever.
      it may make you feel a bit better if you catalog his daily activity for a week or so…
      his schedule is pretty impressive.
      and of course, Pravda tells their viewers Nothing ab what he is up to.


  37. Eric says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – the “right” to abortion on demand will end sometime after a woman lets it be known she’s aborting a baby because it might be homosexual.

    Liked by 1 person

  38. ilcon says:


  39. linda4298 says:

    TomFitton Fitton12m 1164647812996501510
    BREAKING: Court gives @JudicialWatch additional discovery and witnesses on Clinton emails — wants Judicial Watch to “shake the tree” on newly uncovered potential Clinton email trove. Gives Mrs. Clinton 30 days to oppose our request to question her under oath.


  40. burnett044 says:

    try to find any info on the Clinton hearing today….
    wow they burying that deep..
    amazing how this foul woman is so protected…how did she get this powerful….???


    • Rileytrips says:

      burnetteo44, she sold her soul to Satan decades ago, and demons have possessed her ever since. That’s the only scenario that I can think of that makes sense.

      Liked by 1 person

  41. doubledark1981 says:

    Here’s a video from the last Antifa Terrorism attack in the city of Roses, Portland OR. You have NOT seen this ATTEMPTED STABBING on any news outlet even FOX. We are seeing the ever growing civil unrest that’s slowly evolving into a civil war and keystone kops stand and watch. Like in the olden days where “WE THE PEOPLE” had to protect one another. The GOVT can’t or won’t!
    Irregardless of what the Mayor’s orders are these ?Peace? Officers swore an oath and it was not to the Mayor. Those who operate under the Constitution are NOT OBLIGATED to follow ILLEGAL ORDERS. The PPD needs to grow a CONSTITUTIONAL PAIR and protect society, PERIOD


  42. ilcon says:


  43. ilcon says:


  44. ilcon says:

    Communist Fossil says:

    Just burn the witches, and presto chango.


  45. Nick The Deplorable says:


  46. Mick says:

    A few days ago I got into a bit of a spat when I said that China didn’t need our soybeans, because they would just buy them from Brazil. I was told to do my research because Brazil lacked the arid land to fulfill the order.

    OK, I did my research, and they actually do not have the land at this time, but are plowing under grazing land to plant. But what I also found out is how they are meeting the order to China regardless. Brazil in now a large importer of US soybeans, and the warehouses that store those beans are owned by China.

    Added note the massive fires in Brazil are awfully convenient as they are clearing land opening it up to farming.


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