Subtle as a Brick Through a Window…

For those paying close attention, it appears the background geopolitical economic cold-war between President Trump and China has intensified.   As a consequence, all U.S. entities who have cemented their affluence in a partnership with Beijing are now in a position of considerable risk.

The executive order signed yesterday by President Trump supports the liberty of Hong Kong yet accepts an unfortunate reality; a full communist movement to control HK is a foregone conclusion.

[…] I therefore determine that the situation with respect to Hong Kong, including recent actions taken by the PRC to fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy, constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency with respect to that threat.

[…] Sec. 4. All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person, of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:

(a) Any foreign person determined by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

(i) to be or have been involved, directly or indirectly, in the coercing, arresting, detaining, or imprisoning of individuals under the authority of, or to be or have been responsible for or involved in developing, adopting, or implementing, the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Administrative Region;

(ii) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, directly or indirectly, any of the following:

(A) actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Hong Kong;

(B) actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, or autonomy of Hong Kong;

(C) censorship or other activities with respect to Hong Kong that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or assembly by citizens of Hong Kong, or that limit access to free and independent print, online or broadcast media; or

(D) the extrajudicial rendition, arbitrary detention, or torture of any person in Hong Kong or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights or serious human rights abuse in Hong Kong;

(iii) to be or have been a leader or official of:

(A) an entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, any of the activities described in subsections (a)(i), (a)(ii)(A), (a)(ii)
(B), or (a)(ii)(C) of this section; or

(B) an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

(iv) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this section;

(v) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this section; or

(vi) to be a member of the board of directors or a senior executive officer of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this section.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the date of this order.  (read more)

The confiscation of wealth and property for any entity, including Americans, who support the efforts of the Chinese Communists is a very significant up-tick in the Trump administration position toward China.

Simultaneously Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted out this rather tongue-in-cheek picture of his pup’s favorite chew toy:

 

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354 Responses to Subtle as a Brick Through a Window…

  1. sundance says:

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  2. Serpentor says:

    Nice little Tech you got there, said the Panda.
    Nice little country you got there, said the Lion.

    Well – even though Panda took over the TWTR today, I’m glad we’ve got the Lion on our side.

    Liked by 22 people

    • Mr Lawson says:

      I’m not even mad they got to twitter…lol

      Liked by 10 people

    • Bill Durham says:

      A big point is that when Trump goes after China the stock market does not tank. It appears investors have priced the trade war and the new supply chain into the market. That is bigly. Trump can take off the panda mask. He never wanted a trade deal. He wanted to bury china. Next he can destroy one belt one road well played.

      Liked by 40 people

      • The Boss says:

        I suspect One Belt One Road may flat line sooner than we think. Then, we’ll go find Hunter.

        Liked by 16 people

      • Bill Durham:
        I can’t deny what you say. However, if China had at least met Trump half-way, he would have gone along with them.

        Liked by 6 people

        • PS says:

          I’ve posted this before, but Trump has always offered the branch of peace. If Hillary, Obama, etc. had just faded away into history, Trump would have Moved On without dropping the hammer on Clinton Health Initiatives, the server everyone knew about, Benghazi, Biden’s Ukraine deals, Obamacare, Uranium One, and more.

          But no, they fought back, and tried to stab Trump in the back. They tried to get another dig in, leak, spread rumors , create chaos. So, I have no remorse for what they deserve for the past 4 years.

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          Wait……Where is half way for China?
          Half way to them does not even scratch the surface for us..

          How about……

          Long Beach Ship Yard, The Panama Canal, All the US Congress in their pockets, Apple, Nuclear Plants in Europe, Hong Kong, Military Islands being built in the South China Sea, North Korea…current fighting with India….

          I could go on and on…..Meet them halfway …….yeah…..

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          • Meeting halfway means accepting the trade agreement that both parties had originally agreed to, as well as meaningful, diplomatic, good faith negotiations in good faith on all the issues you astutely pointed out.

            Of course, it’s all a ‘slow boat to China’ (pun intended) before such weighty matters are resolved, but in this rough and tumble world, that’s about all you can expect short of war, i.e. cooperation and baby steps.

            The brilliance here of Donald The Great is that he used some very strong US leverage born of a perfectly constructed repositioning of US domestic and foreign policy initiatives to exact a much higher price than the usual diplomatic ‘baby steps,’ or even the ‘halfway’ measures I mentioned.

            Hail to the Chief!!

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        • Dutchman says:

          donald,
          China could NEVER agree to PDJT’s reasonable demands, which together amount to ;Stop CHEATING.

          CONmunism can NOT compete, so it must cheat.

          It can’t compete in the economic marketplace, because inherent to its system is to squash, ruthlessly innovative thinking, and corruption is indemic to its system.

          And, it can NOT compete in the marketplace of ideas, because it is a CON, NOT a genuine ideology.

          And so, it must engage in dumping, to drive the competition out of business, steal I.P. cause it can’t generate any of its own.

          And, it must use corruption, ballot fraud etc. because it can not compete in elections.

          So, China could and would NEVER have met PDJT even 1/2 way, which he knew perfectly well from the outset.

          But, giving them an opportunity makes him appear fair and reasonable, gave time for a slow disconnect,…and allowed him to claw back billions of $ every month in tarifs, which by the way are STILL in effect.

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          • Dwayne Diesel says:

            And Dutch, what a majority of Americans (including some who come here) fail to understand is that the happy smiling Chinese faces the CCP allows to be shown to the world is mostly fake.

            I have been over there. The CCP tries to replicate our lifestyle with their people but it’s a facade. I stayed at “5” star hotels- they are either completely empty minus a few American or European business people or it’s partially filled with the entourage of people that escort you around in business.

            Cameras everywhere and o mean everywhere. My last trip there (Shanghai) I got off my plane. Got into a taxi. Thought I was on way to hotel…next thing taxi driver is going off highway, through a side street stops at lift gate, we go through and continue to another lift gate. If you been to China you know the state police wear black..yellow police in English on front (this was at 1st gate- not unusual). What stood out is starting at 2nd gate it was police and now military (green uniforms and armed heavily). We continue to an underground area where jersey barriers were placed with just enough space for taxi to fit through- no way to open the door. Military personnel and police on other side of barriers on both side of cars. Over thirty taxis in a line slowly driving through all in a line. Every 10 feet or so we stopped. Cameras all in the overhead- hundreds of them placed to get every angle of the car as we drove through. Every time we stopped military people on both sides stepped up and took my picture. The drive through the place lasted about 5-6 minutes. We exit- go to another checkpoint- military guy. He asks driver questions, I recognize hotel name. Military guy takes notes, takes my pic…off we go to hotel.

            Needless to say…I sat on the edge of my bed, door locked, chair against door. I left 6/7 hours early to get back to airport to catch my flight home- I was expecting to be taken at any moment. Being ex-military and a nuke engineer I suspect I’m a high value target for them. I wanted to call my wife but knew better. I am my company’s international engineering mngr and forced my firm to now ha e a policy for travel to China. I am now modifying it even more.

            Most here don’t get the extent…they just don’t.

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            • Dutchman says:

              I’ve posted before “WHAT part of “they use political prisoners as a an organ donor bank” DON’T people understand?

              What I mean by that is they grease tank treads with their citisens at tienamen, not ONE of their neighbors has “good” relations with them, not even Russia or Viet Nam, despite both being Conmunist,..it has been willful blindness on the part of those who have CHOSEN to see the panda mask, and ignore the dragon wearing it.

              And yeah, big tech has given them a level of ability to scrutinise behavior nazis only dreamed of.

              But, how much of a countries resources can it expend, on such continuous all encompassing scrutiny of its population?

              I guess we will find out,…

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            • Peppurr says:

              wow. Thanks for posting. Very interesting….and scary.

              Liked by 1 person

              • Dwayne Diesel says:

                It was scary. I truly thought I was going to be taken. I can’t explain the helpless feeling I had…

                Dutch- so true. The poor girl working the bar…she was so happy to just be talking to someone…she couldn’t stop asking about America (good ole Google translate!).

                But, whenever her boss would walk through…off to the corner…quiet…not a word. The people are def afraid.

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              • Dwayne Diesel says:

                It was scary. I truly thought I was going to be taken. I can’t explain the helpless feeling I had…

                Dutch- so true. The poor girl working the bar…she was so happy to just be talking to someone…she couldn’t stop asking about America (good ole Google translate!).

                But, whenever her boss would walk through…off to the corner…quiet…not a word. The people are def afraid.

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    • fred5678 says:

      With Twitter’s bias of censoring only Conservatives — whoever is hacking Twitter is helping the Trump campaign. Maybe Poland, Czech and Hungary coalition ?? 🙂

      Liked by 9 people

    • mike says:

      China’s “Mandate of Heaven” this year:
      – Corona virus shaped, baseball sized hailstones
      – 99 year storms
      – Dams dikes, sliding, overflowing
      – CV19, CV20
      – Earthquakes
      – US, Indian and Australia withdrawals
      – lost the Indian border incident

      Xi might xi-it his pants if China realizes how bad he’s lost it…..

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  3. helmhood says:

    “The most beautiful piece of chocolate cake”

    That’s what comes to my mind when I think about President Trump dealing with Xi.

    Liked by 13 people

  4. joshashland says:

    Winnie and a corona toy? lol

    Liked by 7 people

  5. Henry says:

    What I don’t understand is how can they keep expanding Belt and Road when their banks and creditors are going bust? Lebanon? Ethiopia? They got kicked out of some African country five weeks ago. The ecological disaster of the past two weeks flooding?

    They have to collapse soon.

    Liked by 10 people

    • GB Bari says:

      Remember these are communists – they don’t respect working to a bottom line.
      Debt? What debt?

      Liked by 17 people

      • That would be Demo☭rats, No?

        Liked by 8 people

        • GB Bari says:

          Oh yes! (Hello, BKR! You’ve been scarce!)

          Liked by 3 people

        • WSB says:

          Hi, Honey!!!!!

          Liked by 1 person

        • Dutchman says:

          Same thing.
          Soviet Union didn’t collapse,….right up until it did.
          China is a LOT bigger, and initially has a lot more $.
          But, thats like thinking a “rich” person can’t go bankrupt, and they most certainly can.

          Bankrupt is more outgo than ingo.

          China spends more on INTERNAL defence, (security forces) than they spend on external defence (aircraft carriers, etc.)

          And, they spend a trillion $/year, maintaining the lifestyles of the CCP families, IIRC.

          They spend so much on internal security, because they are threatened by their own people ‘turning’on them, so are they going to make cuts there?

          And how about cutting back on their lifestyles? Tough choices,…

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          • Best way to WIN:

            1 – Drive up CCP Spending
            • Drive up CCP Internal-Security Spending
            • Create an External-Security Arms Race

            Concurrently TAKE their MONEY
            • Eliminate CCP’s Belt & Road Materials Imports
            • Eliminate CCP’s Export Markets

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            • Dutchman says:

              In other words, BANKRUPT the mo-fo’s!
              Can’t happen too soon, BKR.

              CCP exports corruption and crap products, antagonises their neighbors and brutalises ‘their own’ people.

              Need to be ended.

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      • William the Comptroller says:

        The Castros never paid back to the Rooskies their $38,000,000,000 loan!!! Ha ha ha! But due to Obama’s fecklessness, Cuba was taken off the Terrorism Watch List although they had just been caught sending MiG and radar parts to North Korea and were to have received a big cargo ship full of ammo and mortars from China (to be then sent to FARC terrorists) before the ship’s capture in Colombia at one of their ports. Russia re-booted up their listening post in Lourdes south of Havana so as to eavesdrop on our Southern Command and East Coast. The Russians were then able to support Maduro and Noriega prop up their dictatorships.

        Glad Trump stopped the Obama unilateral bending over with that penal colony and not giving them more free tax money to prop up their collapsing regime! Way to go, Obama; snatch defeat from the jaws of victory just as their economy was going to finally tank! Way to fight for basic human rights by asking Raul Castro for NO concessions while giving him everything! I loved how the Cuban negotiator that Obama’s official Jacobsen had to deal with was Josefina Vidal who was EXPELLED from the US as a persona non grata for espionage along with 14 other spies in 2003!

        Funny that BML activists NEVER mention the weekly brutality against Ladies in White leader Berta Soler (who is afro-Cuban) each week when she leads her peaceful contingent to the local church each sunday surrounded by state security thugs (who had murdered Laura Pollan, the founder of the group in 2016)…. yet Obama and Jay Z and Beyoncé and others LOVED smoking cigars and drinking mojitos and looking at old cars on their junkets to Havana….

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      • paper doll says:

        “Debt? What debt?”
        Also, ” nice factory you built here. I think we’ll take it. “

        Liked by 6 people

    • DaveK says:

      Well, there is a lot of ruin to be had in a country before things collapse. The old saying that “It transpired very slowly, over a long period of time, but it ended very suddenly.”

      We will be unable to know when the collapse will occur; it will be a surprise to everyone. There could still be a lot of ruin left in China.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Carly says:

      And this week, reports of runs on China’s banks!

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    • Carly says:

      I read an article (somewhere) that posited: Before we worry that African countries will be taken advantage of by China, don’t count out the dictators there who can out-corrupt the CCP. It was an eye-opener!

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    • Speaking of collapse, I hear the Three Gorges Dam is in great danger of collapsing soon Because of rain and poor Chinese construction. If that happens…

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      • Robert Smith says:

        No doubt they would blame it on sabotage at this point.

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      • Mellie says:

        However, a satellite image from July 9 appears to show all flood gates at the dam to have been opened. The Three Gorges Dam spillway is comprised of 23 bottom outlets and 22 surface sluice gates.
        Vinayak told Taiwan News that based on his estimation, all the flood gates were at least partially open with at least five large gates fully open. He said that given that the dam had the structural integrity to withstand much higher water levels in the past, there was no need to open the floodgates as soon as June 24.

        He then alleged that the purpose of opening the floodgates so early was “so that all evidence is washed away before the WHO representatives visit the Wuhan hospitals and lab.” Two World Health Organization (WHO) experts went to Beijing over the weekend to discuss their plans to visit Wuhan to investigate the origins of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

        https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3965733

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    • Snellvillebob says:

      China has invested in Venezuela gas and oil production, transport, and refining knowing that they will not repay their loans so they can seize the oil fields. What are they going to do when Venezuela tells them to take a leap? Invade? Does China have the resources to fight jungle warfare in the western hemisphere with the USA supplying weapons, logistics, and training?

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  6. Simon Says says:

    What about the Bidens?

    Liked by 7 people

    • Kirsty I says:

      I think that Brick just hit old Gavin Newsom in the face.
      He is in bed with China, he ‘knows’ China intimately.
      Why is he so confident that he can cut the budget for the police end employment as much as he can, and still continue as a financially capable state?
      In a word,
      Pooh.
      He doesn’t need to rely on government funded police, national guard, etc.
      He just has to phone Pooh.
      They have an agreement, as bedfellows usually do.

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  7. Road Runner says:

    Sundance, that EO is essentially OFAC language linked to HK malign activities… And you are RIGHT in that any one or any entity better beware because OFAC’s bite is brutal… Just imagine being a large multi national company and not being able to access SWIFT…

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    • Johnny says:

      I assume this is financial networks you speak of?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Baycity Duckhunter says:

        Swift is wire transfer system for bank transfers between US and foreign banks.

        Liked by 7 people

      • polk8dot says:

        FYI,
        <b OFAC – Office of Foreign Assets Control, whose regulations ensure that companies don’t unwittingly do business with terrorist organizations or other unsanctioned entities. They maintain a list of sanctioned entities
        SWIFT – basically a service that screens your business’ transactions against the sanctions lists maintained by various government agencies

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      • Road Runner says:

        Johnny, Yes… Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)…

        It is the only way anyone can conduct any business internationally since it is all conducted with the US dollar…

        That is why when the US ‘SANCTIONS’ countries or individuals, SDN, (Specially Designated Nationals) it really hurts… And worse is if you get hit with the Magnitsky list Designation, which is if you are designated as a ‘Human Rights’ violator…

        If you remember the Magnitsky Act was the issue the Russian Lawyer really wanted to discuss with Don Jr at the Trump Tower meeting back in 2016…

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      • Road Runner says:

        And just so you know, the OFAC SDN list runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31… as of today the list is already 213 pages long….

        And growing…

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        • Kirsty I says:

          Unless, of course you have Pooh on speed dial,
          as Gavin Newsom does.
          California is propped up by the Chinese.
          He sends them tax payer dollars, Pooh washes them (which seems to be an oxymoron) and sends them back with promises of super soldiers on the ground prn.
          It’s the only way California can be shut down and stay solvent.
          All thanks to the very aptly named Pooh.

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          • Road Runner says:

            Yes in theory… But it is not going to work once new sanctions come out…

            Which is why the Zhou Li, the 65-year-old former deputy head of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department is calling for the eventual decoupling of the Chinese yuan from the US dollar… Not a good idea…

            So if they somehow pull that pipe dream off… You can put a fork in their One Belt One Road program… They have given lots of $$$ and pledged to keep giving $$$ to many poor countries worldwide…

            BUT if, as I suspect, more punitive sanctions are on the horizon, those countries will have a tough decision to make in:

            Accepting any futher $$$…

            OR

            Ever repaying $$$ already deliverd…

            Otherwise they run afoul of OFAC sanctions and then they will find themselves in deep do do…

            BTW Kristy I, California is one of those poor countries… So Gav can suck it for all I care…

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        • Johnny says:

          Road Runner you and the posters above have helped me learn something new today.

          I found the Treehouse maybe over a year ago and I have never looked back. The knowledge of people on here is astonishing and deeply appreciated.

          Yes I remember the tower meeting and the lawyers wanting get help on the Magnitsky Act. Quite sure the Russians would like it to go away.

          Now if Sundance would make a post on Powerlines, I could help on answers. LOL

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      • airl88 says:

        OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL

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  8. Harvey Lipschitz says:

    We are China’s sugar daddy. They rely on our consumption of Bling Bling and Nike to meet their budget and have DOLLARS to loan to 3rd world countries.

    Liked by 8 people

  9. Stephen Parrish says:

    Had to be done, and I’m very happy for it. I love Hong Kong, and though I spent so little time there the difference between the mainland and the SAR was so evident. Finding a believer in China was surprising to me. The family we stayed with in Shanghai would just ask someone whether we shared the same Father and their smile would brighten space. I saw it several times. I remember a subway ride and looking down the car length– it was dark and oppressive and seemed dead– but their was a believer a few seats down who practically glowed. Our friend smiled and said, “We share the same Father, don’t we?” to encourage her.

    It was Qingming when we were there and you could feel the chains these people carried about them for the dead, but the believers had been freed by their faith in the chain breaker..

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    • Kirsty I says:

      I have heard from some, wise men and women that I am not worthy to wash their feet, that the church in China will be spared.
      Those millions of cell phones that suddenly disappeared did NOT disappear bc people had succumbed to the Wuhan Virus,
      the church had smashed them under their feet!
      Pray for these glorious people. They WILL be free and we will witness it, all Glory to our Beloved Lord and only Saviour, Jesus Christ!

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      • Ninja7 says:

        Kristy I, Thank you for the possible explanation of why those numbers of disconnected cell phones occurred. I pray that is the case. It would make sense to cut tracking.

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    • jenncarp2013 says:

      Thank you for this beautiful comment! ❤️

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  10. Sentient says:

    From a common sense point of view. Why should Hong Kong have any break that mainland China doesn’t. Beijing can’t assert control and simultaneously pretend Hong Kong is any different than the rest of China. Making the globalists and their media shills angry.

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  11. XO says:

    Hong Kong today, US tomorrow.

    If Biden wins the election, anyway.

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    • The American Patriot says:

      Get that thought out of your head!

      BiteMe IS NOT GOING TO WIN!

      Liked by 9 people

      • yucki says:

        LOSERS think that way.
        They can’t help themselves, deficient FAITH.
        Pitiful, but unless you’re a missionary, best keep your distance from them.

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        • Kirsty I says:

          To those of us who follow Jesus Christ as our Saviour and our Lord, we are ALL missionaries!
          We will never be cowed by man or anything that has been created,
          we worship the CREATOR GOD! The one God, the HOLY GOD. He ALONE is worthy of praise.
          Christians have that same power in the Holy Spirit that resides within us.
          We do not fear.
          To live is Christ and to die is GAIN!

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  12. freepetta says:

    Oh my, that doggie 🐶 picture is so threatening. Could she be playing with toys of mass destruction. /sarc off

    Liked by 1 person

  13. hagarthorrible says:

    Where is old grandmother England in all of this? Is this just another case of the Brits fouling up a pond and then calling on their naive and groveling oldest child to clean it out? Just once I would like to see America tell her overlord to ‘do it herself’…if blood is spilled an treasure is squandered, we can be sure they won’t be of the English variety.

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    • Nan says:

      Britain never should have given Hong Kong back. Did anyone really expect the CCP to abide by their promises to leave the place alone? No, no, Britain had its chance to stop this and it chose not to act.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Robert Smith says:

        The end of “Empire”.

        UK was embarking on what the French proclaimed as the EU century that had already peaked when they said it.

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      • they give up Rhodesia to commies why not HK …..

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      • Road Runner says:

        UK didn’t have much of a choice… Their lease was up in 97, so Maggie tried to make the best deal she could but no one, ever thought the Chicoms would keep their word…

        Liked by 3 people

      • YvonneMarie says:

        Agreed !

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      • Ozzie Bowman says:

        The lease on Hong Kong still had years to run. The Lease on an adjacent area of the mainland ( The New Territories ) which contained the islands water supply ran out. China was about to cut the pipe-line. Britain could have legally kept Hong Kong and watched the population die of thirst. With the peoples lives at stake they made the best bargain that they could , hoping that China would keep its word.

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  14. The American Patriot says:

    Payback is a humongous 🤬, IS IT!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Johnny says:

    Chewing on a donkey. How funny

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  16. MicD says:

    Hong Kong has gone dark.
    This is a huge step backward for humanity.
    I think most san pans have already set sail for open ocean with too many aboard.
    Another Communist human disaster :/

    Liked by 11 people

  17. rayvandune says:

    I hope everyone remembers that it is illegal in China to allude to the resemblance of Chairman Xi to Winnie-the-Pooh. So don’t share this image, whatever you do!

    Liked by 9 people

    • Big Jake says:

      Glad someone explained the joke.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Rotor says:

      “So don’t share this image, whatever you do!”
      especially if you work for the NBA.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Beau Geste says:

        or if you work for comcast, disney, Viacom, AT&T, the Washington Post or New York Times. Comcast owns NBC/MSNBC. Disney owns ABC. Viacom owns CBS, with massive movie and entertainment businesses. CNN is owned by AT&T’s Warner Media a worldwide entertainment conglomerate.
        The companies that own the major “fake” news networks, NBC, ABC, and CBS, all depend on china for massive entertainment revenue. On the print side, U.S. newspapers like the Washington Post and New York Times run paid China Daily inserts, paid by many million$ (~$20 million known) https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/chinas-long-tentacles-extend-deep-into-american-media/

        Comcast Corporation is not only a participator in increasingly close cultural exchanges, but also the contributor and beneficiary of deeper economic exchanges between China and the US. The NBC and the Universal Studios Theme Park in Beijing are witnesses of the in-depth development of Sino-US economic and trade relations and increasingly close cultural exchanges.
        see https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/chinas-long-tentacles-extend-deep-into-american-media/

        Our “free press” should not be concentrated in a few giant monopoly/oligopoly companies dependent on the good graces of china and other foreign governments which hate us, and which therefor publish chinese propaganda. The protections of the First Amendment are only for a diversified, FreePress, not conspiring propaganda monopolies intent on electing china-dependent dems.
        The antitrust laws used to prevent monopoly and oligopoly ownership of news media, even in a single city. The political bribers stopped that.
        The justice department Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission should sue to force Disney, Comcast, AT&T, Viacom et al to distribute shares of their news divisions to their shareholders (not sell the companies to the chinese or soros…), to remove chinese control of our fake news oligopoly.
        If you agree, you can write or email :
        Ian R. Conner
        Director, Bureau of Competition
        Federal Trade Commission
        600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
        Washington, DC 20580
        E-Mail: antitrust@ftc.gov
        Makan Delrahim
        Assistant Attorney General
        U.S. Department of Justice
        Antitrust Division
        950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
        Washington, DC 20530-0001
        E-Mail: antitrust.ATR@usdoj.gov

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  18. jmclever says:

    “(i) to be or have been involved, directly or indirectly, in the coercing, arresting, detaining, or imprisoning of individuals under the authority of, or to be or have been responsible for or involved in developing, adopting, or implementing, the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Administrative Region;

    (ii) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, directly or indirectly, any of the following:

    (A) actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Hong Kong;

    (B) actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, or autonomy of Hong Kong; ”

    I’m fairly certain Facebook Zuckerberg can be counted in that definition since he helps ChiComs suppress the people.

    Liked by 10 people

  19. Nagothm says:

    So Google who created China’s Spy-on-your-own-citizens-ware, what kind of liability are they looking at?

    Liked by 10 people

  20. Whistling_Past says:

    Hopefully once the second term is secured we will see a long overdue round up of America’s Domestic Traitors. At least the more blatant ones!

    Liked by 6 people

  21. Nagothm says:

    Any American company that did not yet run for the exits out of China despite the last few years of warning, are going to find their companies taken by the Chinese in “reprisals” for Chinese properties seized in the US.

    Liked by 18 people

  22. MVW says:

    If I am reading this right, if Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc help China crack down on HK residents, that Corporation would be in SERIOUS trouble?

    If a Corp in HK gets Communist Party hijacked and gets MOVED to China including equipment and rights, and their property is in any US controlled territory, they are in trouble?

    Other?
    I need a translator to really unpack the meaning of the executive order.
    THANKS!

    Liked by 2 people

  23. TrustyHaste says:

    And a dog named Mercer. Troll level: Master.

    Liked by 4 people

  24. TarsTarkas says:

    And in 3, 2, 1 a Clintonista or Obama judge will issue a nationwide injunction against this EO.

    It’s what they do.

    Because trillions are at stake.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Phil Free says:

      I think they’ll find it challenging to interfere with. The President holds considerable Executive power when dealing with a national emergency — and he’s made it one. Note that language:

      “I hereby declare a national emergency with respect to that threat.”

      Liked by 4 people

  25. calbear84 says:

    President Reagan brought down Soviet communism and President Trump is doing the same to the Chinese variety. Now if we can root out the Reds infesting the U.S of A!

    Liked by 12 people

    • USTerminator says:

      We really need 1 more term to take down CCP. They are on the rope but not down for a count yet

      Liked by 7 people

      • Dutchman says:

        USTerminator,
        Uh, yeah! THATS why the TDS, the ‘Resistance’ the constant attempts to block PDJT’s agenda, to deny him political victories like the wall, the attempts now to exploit the Whu-Flu, to keep the economy depressed in order to hurt his reelection, etc.

        Its ALL because of CHI-NA. Anything else is just excuses,…chaff and countermeasures, and phony.

        “His tweeting” or “Being UnPresidential” or ANY of the criticisms they level at him are phoney, and or designed to resonate with the ill informed.

        Its ALL about CHI-NA, and has been from day one.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Joebkonobi says:

      All Chinese students should be sent back to China. Ditto for Chinese scientist/researchers. We need to get very serious about this.

      Liked by 13 people

      • Sherri Young says:

        Here’s a good start within the EO —

        “(i) take steps to terminate the Fulbright exchange program with regard to China and Hong Kong with respect to future exchanges for participants traveling both from and to China or Hong Kong;”

        Liked by 3 people

    • HostageCalifornian says:

      Look no further than Bay Area, CA, and pretty much most Universities. SoCal is largely Taiwanese, don’t confuse them. Some mega rich businessmen buy up Bay area property and then send their wives and children to live here to be educated, along with grandparents and a few anchor babies. Meanwhile they are free to have mistresses in China, while their families are conveniently tucked away here.

      This is *not* to say all Chinese here are part of the CCP. Some of them are hiding their cash from the CCP in the form of US real estate. Until recently, they would buy houses in cash, very difficult for most people to outbid them unless you work at Google or Facebook or Apple. This is one of the reasons housing prices more than tripled from 2008 to 2015 (hmm what else was going on during this period?). Real estate law has recently started to crack down on some purchases with foreign cash. But among these are surely some CCP, as you cannot have any business operating in china without dealing directly with the CCP, and in many instances, completely bankrolled by it.

      I drive past the Hwawei building sometimes on my commute and it’s looking pretty empty these days, even before Covid. It’s not really producing anything but merely a vanity stake in the ground as if to say, “We’re still here, nya nya”. They laid off 600 people last December, mostly a skeleton crew running it now from what I understand, and most likely Chinese Nationals. That building probably would not even exist today, if nearly 20 years ago they had not managed put a mole inside the largest US networking company and stolen the entire operating system, one of the most famous cases of Chinese industrial espionage.

      Universities and the students they send to them are another vehicle. Those students get F1 visas, which translate to internships, which then may get converted to H1, and so on.

      Sorry for the long screed.

      Liked by 9 people

  26. bluecat57 says:

    Is that a premiere Pooh doll? Oops. I meant premium.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. MaineCoon says:

    While the entire world — and UK — do nothing!

    Liked by 2 people

  28. TradeBait says:

    I feel for the people of HK, but we all knew this was coming. No way would the Chi-coms honor that agreement. They are evil. Brain drain the talented to America and our allies.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Jan says:

      Agree. I admire HK’s tenacity in fighting the takeover. We are also being assailed by the CCP, as well as fighting American communists.

      We will lose more than the Hong Kong people have lost if we lose to Democrat communists.

      Liked by 9 people

      • yucki says:

        Extraordinary people.
        Watching the people of HK persevere, then compare the spectacle of “protest” we saw here. Shameful.

        Liked by 3 people

        • Sherri Young says:

          US refugee entry slots are to be reallocated to people under threat in Hong Kong.

          (k) reallocate admissions within the refugee ceiling set by the annual Presidential Determination to residents of Hong Kong based on humanitarian concerns, to the extent feasible and consistent with applicable law;

          Liked by 2 people

  29. MaineCoon says:

    Remember President Trump’s stern tweet about 2+ years ago telling U.S. corps to get out of China? They were warned.

    Whatcha gonna do Apple? Still there?

    Liked by 13 people

    • Alex1689 says:

      MaineCoon,

      Truth.

      Like

    • Joebkonobi says:

      They will blame Trump. No way they will accept responsibility and accountability. They are fine with communism as long as they are in the upper tier of the Party. NBA is the same. Communists in China will pay to see them play. USA not so much anymore.

      Liked by 2 people

    • doyouseemyvision says:

      Plus, Trump has had face-to-face meetings and countless phone calls with them to warn of this. Should be no surprises here.
      Boeing, GM, et al.

      Liked by 4 people

  30. JAS says:

    Is it time to start looking for a nice cozy, stockable cave somewhere on the Blue Ridge? China could fly nukes before it goes down, maybe figuring they have a 5:1 population ratio on their side.

    Liked by 1 person

    • yucki says:

      They can give fancy toys to Iran to hurt us in the Gulf or elsewhere.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Ausonius says:

      No, given the compact nature of their cities, there will be more deaths per square mile than here.

      As I recall from Herman Kahn’s book On Thermonuclear War, which used data from above-ground testing in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, one megaton gives complete destruction over a radius of a little over a mile, with decreasing destruction until you reach a distance of 6 to 10 miles from the epicenter, although much of this is guesswork and depends on terrain, number of tall buildings, etc. This is why strategists opted for smaller kiloton bombs in a MIRV.

      Keep in mind also that a 1 megaton bomb is a piker, and that major cities are usually targeted with numerous hits.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      That will starve very quickly.

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  31. Richie says:

    I expect the army of foreign CCP trolls spreading disinformation online are going to pick up the pace now in lieu of the Trumps Re-Election

    Liked by 6 people

    • yucki says:

      We may well experience an especially severe influenza season, somehow missed in the global monitoring system. It happened in 2018:

      China Withholding H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Samples From the United States

      HealthDay News — Chinese officials have not sent lab samples of H7N9 bird flu virus to their US counterparts despite repeated requests and an international agreement.

      US officials say the specimens of the rapidly evolving virus are needed to develop vaccines and treatments, The New York Times reported. The Chinese government has withheld lab samples of the H7N9 virus for over a year. In the past, World Health Organization rules made such exchanges mostly routine.

      The next worldwide pandemic is likely to arise from a flu virus, and the H7N9 virus is one of the potential sources, experts believe. H7N9 took hold in China in 2013. It has spread through poultry farms and evolved into a highly dangerous strain that can infect humans. Forty percent of patients have died, The Times reported. Just over a year ago, there was an outbreak of H7N9 infections in Asia, and most of the 766 reported cases occurred in China.
      https://www.infectiousdiseaseadvisor.com/home/topics/respiratory/influenza/china-withholding-h7n9-bird-flu-virus-samples-from-the-united-states/

      Liked by 1 person

      • yucki says:

        China’s refusal to share virus is “scandalous… many could die needlessly”
        The samples are critical for researchers to develop vaccines and treatments.

        …H7N9 is a type of bird flu that emerged in China in 2013 and has since sparked a string of sporadic epidemics annually in Asia. Its official case count totals 1,565 people in that time, with 766 reportedly infected in an outbreak that lasted from October 2016 to September 2017. Luckily, in the outbreaks so far, the virus hasn’t seemed to spread readily from person to person, limiting its reach. The people who fall ill from the virus tend to report recent exposure to poultry markets or places contaminated by birds.

        But, when people do fall ill with the virus, the infection tends to be severe. In past outbreaks, about 39 percent of those sickened died. And, like many flu viruses, it has the potential to mutate rapidly.

        That combination of rapid mutation and deadliness is what has experts worried about its potential to ignite a global pandemic.

        https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/chinas-refusal-to-share-virus-is-scandalous-many-could-die-needlessly/

        Liked by 1 person

      • JAS says:

        Time to nuke the chicken farms! Then have a big sale on glow-in-the-dark already cooked chicken parts….

        Liked by 2 people

  32. Alex1689 says:

    Pompeo has brass ones. LOL.

    Pooh Bear Xi as a chew toy.

    Xi must be smokin’ mad tonight. The kind of mockery and disrespect we regularly heap on our leaders, even the ones we like, is unheard of in the PRC. To have Pompeo say (in essence) you are nothing more than my dog’s chew toy? Whew boy.

    Wonder if the hardliner war hawks like Rear Admiral Zhang will be okay with Xi not responding?

    Floods, plagues . . . Can Xi afford to ignore this mockery and still stay in power – or will the war hawks decide enough, it is either act now or lose the game for decades?

    Liked by 7 people

  33. Richie says:

    I expect the army of foreign CCP trolls spreading disinformation on all online social media platforms are going to pick up the pace now in lieu of the Trumps Re-Election

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  34. The Gipper Lives says:

    Communists are taking over the city?

    Yeah–there’s been a lot of that going around.

    Liked by 6 people

    • sDee says:

      Spot on comment!

      We fret over Hong Kong while the same Marxist/Maoist SOBs are in control of damn near every governor’s mansion, city council, mayor and county commission right here in the USA!!!!

      Liked by 5 people

  35. sounds like the NBA might be in some trouble.

    Liked by 4 people

  36. Gary says:

    I think God is slowly pushing three gorges dam over. Boy is it crooked.

    Liked by 4 people

  37. The Gipper Lives says:

    Science: “Some 54 scientists have resigned or been fired as a result of an ongoing investigation by the National Institutes of Health into the failure of NIH grantees to disclose financial ties to foreign governments. For 93% of the 189 scientists whom NIH has investigated to date, China was the source of their undisclosed support.

    The new numbers come from Michael Lauer, NIH’s head of extramural research. Lauer had previously provided some information on the scope of NIH’s investigation, which had targeted 189 scientists at 87 institutions. But his presentation today to a senior advisory panel offered by far the most detailed breakout of an effort NIH launched in August 2018 that has roiled the U.S. biomedical community, and resulted in criminal charges against some prominent researchers, including Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University’s department of chemistry and chemical biology.

    There are 399 scientists “of possible concern” to NIH, he told the advisory council, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has fingered 30% (121) of them. An additional 44 have been flagged by their own institutions.”

    So Tony Fauci was funding the Wuhan Bat-Lab in China for years…AND hundreds of Chinese spies here in America?

    It could happen to anybody.

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/fifty-four-scientists-have-lost-their-jobs-result-nih-probe-foreign-ties

    ps; speaking of things reporters are allergic to asking Tony Fauci about, I bet a review of the American and Chinese patents owned by the Faucis would be fascinating reading. If we had an actual Press, I mean.

    Liked by 14 people

    • Jan says:

      Wow!!! Thanks for the link & narrative. I hoped but never expected somebody was investigating scientists for foreign connections.

      There had to be some reason why NIH & CDC weren’t fully ready for the next pandemic & supplies were low, especially PPE’s & masks.

      WE NEED THE TRUTH!!

      Liked by 7 people

    • Alex1689 says:

      If only. Those payments are well hidden, and not discoverable through FOIA.

      Talk about the crown jewels: a disclosure of Fauci finances could very well be mind blowing for your average American Joe who believes NIH scientists just collect government salaries and pensions. So not true. The HIV drug patents alone . . .

      Hmm, seems to me once upon a time I heard a State of the Union address that promised to cure AIDS?

      Which would make all those patents of drugs you have to take the rest of your life, uh, worthless?

      Interesting times.

      Liked by 4 people

      • The Gipper Lives says:

        Can you patent a virus?

        Jus’ askin’…

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        • diogenes says:

          I am not a lawyer by trade, but if you design it from the ground up it’s absolutely patentable, yes. Same as genetically engineered crops, drugs (insulin making bacteria, for example) and so forth.

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  38. Zephyrbreeze says:

    No reason to delay the inevitable showdown with China.
    Poor Hong Kong but people were delusional if they ever saw any other outcome.
    Another iron curtain descends across a county.
    This time, aided and abetted by the high tech cyborgs.
    War,

    Liked by 1 person

    • hagarthorrible says:

      Hong Kong is a British creation…period! Are you looney? Why in the hell should Americans continue to bleed and American taxpayers continue to pay for English cowardice. Remember Kuwait in 1991…when mother England set up the emirate, they vowed to uphold a perpetual defense treaty…but when Saddam invaded with tanks instead of desert arabs coming on camels, the British pussy-cat shirked its treaty obligations off on the good old USA. Iraq and Syria…my ‘cousin’ Mark Sykes and froggy Jaques Picot decided between themselves how to carve up the Ottoman’s in about 1916…but who enforces their wet-dream? C’mon man…

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  39. Best part: Mercer’s a FEMALE DOG
    … Toying with Xi the Poo.

    Liked by 2 people

  40. So is this going to include the NBA and most of Silicon Valley? I’d just love to see that!

    Liked by 4 people

  41. Just Curious says:

    I am glad for the peoples in Hong Kong who will choose to live free than the oppression they will get from their so-called countrymen who will of course beat them to the ground for submission. I wish that the Communists everywhere in the world would disappear, but I am not naive to believe that they would do so, but hence come God and his son Jesus Christ who will straiten this out once for all….

    Liked by 5 people

  42. Daniel M. Camac says:

    I’d like to hear A2’s take on this latest development. Pardon me if I overlooked it.

    Liked by 2 people

  43. KayBee says:

    Trump trolls posing with the Goya products, and Pompeo trolls with Mercer’s toys. A very good day for trolling I’d say!

    Liked by 3 people

  44. Joebkonobi says:

    With this EO, PT needs to build a coalition across the globe. EU, Canada, Japan, Tiawan, etc. time to force other countries to show their allegiance against communist China. If they woll not then they are not allies.

    Liked by 3 people

  45. DiogeneseVindicated says:

    I think China is ramping up for war. Moving quickly like this really kneecaps their ability to escalate militarily. Without a military solution they will die a slow painful economic strangulation. Europe, particularly Germany needs to decide right here and now which side they will stand with. I think India may be the deciding factor on how far they are willing to escalate things.

    Liked by 5 people

  46. SanJac says:

    Go a step further and order ALL Chinese Nationals including students and researchers out of this country instantly.
    When will the universities be charged with taking billions off the books from China Mr Munchkin and IRS and Department of education ? Or the NIH for sending millions of our taxpayers dollars to China ?

    Liked by 6 people

  47. Jumping ahead of (all) the comments here..
    #China Flooding is quite real..
    #Rice & Corn stocks are being #Flooded..
    Moldy corn and Rice have been discovered.. In HUGE numbers, (millions on tons) in Bins & Silos etc.. In addition to “Stocks” destroyed in flooding..
    Millions of Hecta-Acres of Farmland flooded..
    Remember, Pork pigs, (stocks) were destroyed earlier this past Spring.. Massive amounts of Pigs Culled & destroyed..
    The, “Green Army Worm” that was rampant this spring..
    NOW LOCASTS!
    Earthquakes..
    COVID-19, (Supposedly)..
    FLOODING, currently..
    May the 3 Gorges dam FAIL… … ?????

    Liked by 5 people

  48. Somebody's Gramma says:

    Oh goodie!! So does that mean Pelosi, Biden, Feinstein, Newsome, etc. are all broke now???? Way to break the Democrat party!!!!

    Liked by 4 people

  49. Steve says:

    Great news. I wonder how this will impact the Turtle and his Chyyynnna connections. One would think he’d be scurrying around like someone just turned a light on.

    Like

  50. lavenderblue says:

    interesting that Elaine Chao sits in the President’s Cabinet as Secretary of Transportation… she and Mitch have family in PRC… wonder how much they stand to lose

    Like

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