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  1. Garrick Tremain (ODT):

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    • MaureenW

       /  December 27, 2018

      In 2013 all 53 Senate Dems voted for $46 billion for border security including 700 miles of border fencing.
      Who are the partisan crybabies again? Sniff .. only want a wall as long as it’s not Trump’s wall.

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      • kluelis

         /  December 27, 2018

        @Maureen..Easy for both sides of the house to vote for a wall they agree will not be built.

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      • Gezza

         /  December 27, 2018

        Yes, but remember they want to get rid of the beggar Maureen. They know they’ve got a crybaby overgrown spoilt rich kid in the White House & that denying him anything & everything causes him to throw Twitter Tantrums. My guess is it’s a strategic move based on the assumption eventually voters will realise he’s too unstable a character for this job.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  December 27, 2018

          Considering Trump’s support has remained rock solid no matter what has been thrown at it we could be in for a long govt shutdown.

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          • Patzcuaro

             /  December 27, 2018

            Trump has a level of rock solid support in the low 40s plus an electoral college slant towards the Republicans but can he get enough moderate suburban Republicans to vote for him? Unfortunately for him (fortunately for the rest of us) appeasing his rock solid base turns moderate Republicans (especially females) off.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  December 27, 2018

              There is no sign in the polls of any loss of support – female/moderate Republicans or anyone else. Those turned off stayed turned off and vice versa.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  December 27, 2018

              Likewise I see no sign of an increase in support for Trump. Based on the 538 numbers the generic congressional vote favours the Democrats 50.7 to 42%, a gap of 8.7%. Trumps approval ratings are worse, those disapproving leading 53 to 41.8%, a gap of 11.2%. Essential Trump is more unpopular than the Republicans, he has a lot of work to do to get reelected.

              Trump is popular in rural America and small towns to a lesser degree, getting progressively more unpopular the closer you get to downtown. Population wise rural America is shrinking will urban America is growing. Looks to me like the tide is going out for Trump.

  2. President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would deploy its first regiment of hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles next year, saying the move meant his country now had a new type of strategic weapon.

    “From next year, 2019, Russia’s armed forces will get the new intercontinental strategic system Avangard … It’s a big moment in the life of the armed forces and in the life of the country. Russia has obtained a new type of strategic weapon.”

    Russia has said the new missile system, one of several new weapons Putin announced in March, is highly maneuverable, allowing it to easily evade missile defense systems.

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    • The Consultant

       /  December 27, 2018

      And with an economy the size of Italy’s, they’re going to deploy how many of these? ANd of course the whole logistics and training support needed will be there as well?

      One of Vlad’s themes from the beginning has been to try and show the Russian people that Russia is still up there with the old USSR in power and influence. To that end he re-started the silly “reaction” flights of the Cold War, whereby old Tupolev TU95 bombers would swing around NATO countries and draw fighters up to them, not to mention countless, silly intrusions into the waters of countries like Sweden. This is just more of the same.

      Here’s a better example of their actual state, Russia’s only aircraft carrier damaged as its floating dry dock sinks. That was in October and the carrier has since been “retired”. Sad

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      • Gezza

         /  December 27, 2018

        They gotta get more money from somewhere else then.


        Journalists watch as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in March 1. The Russia-Venezuela relationship has been growing for more than a decade

        As allies go, Venezuela is a relatively cheap one for Russia. But the potential returns on Moscow’s investment there could be priceless.

        In exchange for modest loans and bailouts over the past decade, Russia now owns significant parts of at least five oil fields in Venezuela, which holds the world’s largest reserves, along with 30 years’ worth of future output from two Caribbean natural-gas fields.

        Venezuela also has signed over 49.9 per cent of Citgo, its wholly owned company in the United States – including three Gulf Coast refineries and a countrywide web of pipelines – as collateral to Russia’s state-owned Rosneft oil behemoth for a reported $1.5 billion in desperately needed cash.

        Russian advisers are inside the Venezuelan government, helping direct the course of President Nicolás Maduro’s attempts to bring his failing government back from bankruptcy. They helped orchestrate this year’s introduction of a new digital currency, the “Petro,” to keep oil payments flowing while avoiding US sanctions on the country’s dollar transactions.

        Venezuela’s still-formidable defense force, once an exclusively US client, is now equipped with Russian guns, tanks and planes, financed with prepaid oil deliveries to Russian clients. Maduro scoffed last year at US President Donald Trump’s public threat to use the US military to bring him down, saying Venezuela, with Russian help, had turned itself into a defensive “fortress.”

        Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has reestablished itself as a major player in the Middle East, a power broker in Asia and a global supplier of increasingly sophisticated weaponry. By becoming Venezuela’s patron – while gobbling up its resources – Putin has not only poked a stick in the eye of the United States; he has built on his self-proclaimed reputation at home as the man who is returning Russia to the superpower status it lost with the fall of the Soviet Union.
        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12182399

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        • The Consultant

           /  December 27, 2018

          Yeah – if only oil fields were like The Golden Goose. Sadly for Vlad, the Venezuelan oil fields are in such disrepair after twenty years of socialism that they need not billions but tens of billions of dollars to be restored. Even the Chinese balked at loaning more money to the morons, which is why they now own 28% of Venezuelan oil fields. Vlad’s following that model, and he’ll have to compete with the Chinese, who have vastly more money.

          I see lots of headlines along the lines of China will invest $20 billion…. Russia will invest $40 billion, etc, etc. But you dig into the articles you find that those are “plans” that “might” develop over the next decade or two.

          Again, it’s “mighty, mighty” propaganda on the cheap.

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          • Gezza

             /  December 27, 2018

            Cool pic though, eh? 😀

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            • The Consultant

               /  December 27, 2018

              Ha! Yes. The shoutout to the classic image.

              On the other hand it’s yet another example of the narrative-driven aspect of journalism that was being bemoaned here the other day – and in Vlad’s case they don’t even have to do that; just reporting the facts about the man would be enough. But nooooo….. must have image in headline, just to make sure the message gets through to the thickos.

            • Gezza

               /  December 27, 2018

              I’ve given you an uptick on the understanding you’re not calling me a thicko. Ok?

            • The Consultant

               /  December 27, 2018

              I was on the verge of writing “we thickos”, but decided that was also insulting. :shrug:

        • Pink David

           /  December 27, 2018

          “As allies go, Venezuela is a relatively cheap one for Russia.”

          I think the word you were looking for was ‘worthless’, not cheap. What does Venezuela have that creates any advantage for Russia? Massive debts to China? Millions fleeing? Oil that no one other than the US can refine? A navel base in the Caribbean better than Cuba? A vote in the UN?

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 27, 2018

            It would have to be ‘us’ not ‘we’, anyway.

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          • Gezza

             /  December 27, 2018

            Who can say? Vlad seems to be very good at exploiting opportunities slowly and carefully.

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          • Pink David

             /  December 28, 2018

            “Vlad seems to be very good at exploiting opportunities slowly and carefully.”

            I’m struggling to see that. All his overseas adventures look like catastrophe’s to me. Crimea, Syria, Venezuela, all basket cases. Perhaps they give him some headlines, but what else other than decades of future pain?

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      • Blazer

         /  December 27, 2018

        when the USSR broke up so called ‘american exceptionalism’ came to the fore.
        A rebalancing is occurring with the rise of China.
        The days of U.S hegemony and domination of international finance are numbered.
        The U.S dominance is based on military might.Russia is meeting that challenge while China addresses economic..might.

        Trump is the perfect modern day Nero!

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        • Gezza

           /  December 27, 2018

          China is looking to meet the military challenge too. They recently participated in Russia’s largest military exercise since the fall of the Berlin wall.Putin appears to be collaborating more carefully and closely with Xi than Trump. Trump can’t read them. I think they spend a lot of time reading him.

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  3. kluelis

     /  December 27, 2018

    Scream vile abuse threaten and beg? What a matter? C”mon snow flake you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs so said Robbie Muldoon Norm Kirk, David Lange Jim Bolger Jenny Shipley Helen Clark. In the sweet nut cracker I’d place Keith Holyoake Bill Rowling John Marshall Hugh Watt Geoffrey Palmer Mike Moore. John Key and Bill English. Too early to say with JA.

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    • Griff.

       /  December 27, 2018

      Judicial Watch reports news on their website with the use of strong emotional language that is usually pro-right or anti-left. Common topics covered are anti-immigration, in which they highlight crimes committed by illegal immigrants such as this: Busy Month for Illegal Immigrants Committing Heinous Crimes or dedicating an entire website to exposing former President Obama’s alleged IRS scandal. They have also promoted debunked conspiracy theories such as this. Further, the founder of JW, Larry Klayman recently promoted the conspiracy that the Clinton’s were killing people. In general the majority of content and story selection is anti-left.

      A factual search reveals a horrible track record with fact checking. Below is a small sample of their failed fact checks by IFCN fact checkers

      DHS Quietly Moving, Releasing ‘Vanloads’ of ‘Illegal Aliens’ Away from Border – FALSE
      Has Nancy Pelosi spent $100,000 on food, booze and “partying” during her air travel? – FALSE
      Judicial Watch says ISIS operating a camp in Mexico–near El Paso – FALSE
      ‘Islamic Refugee’ with Gas Pipeline Plans Arrested in New Mexico Border County – FALSE
      Did the IRS ‘Fast Track’ Tax-Exempt Status for ‘After School Satan’ Clubs? – FALSE

      Overall, we rate Judicial Watch Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, promotion of conspiracy theories and a very poor fact check record. (7/19/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 7/23/2018)

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  December 27, 2018

      Wikipedia

      “Judicial Watch (JW) is an American conservative activist group[1] and self-styled watchdog group[2][3] that files Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits to investigate claimed misconduct by government officials.”

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  4. duperez

     /  December 27, 2018

    Of far less significance than walls and missiles and eggs …

    The bag the turkey came in. Just a turkey in the bag.

    “Turkey: 86%” 🦃

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  5. Patzcuaro

     /  December 27, 2018

    Walled in

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 27, 2018

      Fatuous considering the rest of the world maintains far more restrictive barriers to entry than the US.

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  6. The Consultant

     /  December 27, 2018

    The Washington Post – otherwise known as clueless morons…

    Perhaps most problematic for Khashoggi were his connections to an organization funded by Saudi Arabia’s regional nemesis, Qatar. Text messages between Khashoggi and an executive at Qatar Foundation International show that the executive, Maggie Mitchell Salem, at times shaped the columns he submitted to The Washington Post, proposing topics, drafting material and prodding him to take a harder line against the Saudi government. Khashoggi also appears to have relied on a researcher and translator affiliated with the organization.

    Editors at The Post’s opinion section, which is separate from the newsroom, said they were unaware of these arrangements.

    As one blog commentator put it:

    The Post published op-eds that at times were suggested, researched, and drafted by an affiliate of the Qatari government, a government that since the mid-1990s has been sharply at odds with Saudi Arabia.

    In effect, these were fake op-eds. By running them, the Post became a tool of Qatar — an absolute monarchy, by the way. After Khashoggi’s death, the Post compounded the offense with a drumbeat of fake news about Khashoggi’s alleged independence and integrity.

    Layers and layers of fact-checkers and editors. And then they have the temerity to look down their nose at blogs.

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    • Pink David

       /  December 27, 2018

      Not really a surprise is it? Khashoggi was a well know dissident and close friend of Prince Turki, he was neck deep in the internal conflicts within Saudi, not some ‘justice seeking, heroic’ journalist

      Al Jazeera has been running almost endless coverage of his murder since the event, no surprise either given it’s Qatari’s running it.

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      • Gezza

         /  December 27, 2018

        Um … Khashoggi was criticised on Al jazeera tv only a few days ago in one of their regular programmes (might have been The Listening Post, an excellent, independent, monthly review of worldwide media and their coverage) for being accorded martyr & reformer status when he is a long-time supporter of the Saudi Regime and has been an apologist for the Royal Family, SA’s Islamism, and minimised the ongoing human rights abuses. He was opposed to MBS’s crazy adventures & criticised those, that’s what got him killed.

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      • Gezza

         /  December 27, 2018

        Al Jazeera has been running almost endless coverage of his murder since the event, no surprise either given it’s Qatari’s running it.

        Qatar has an independent foreign policy and maintains dialogue and good relations with everyone including the US (their largest ME military base is there), Iran, all other ME countries – with the exception of the UAE, Bahrain, and Sisi’s Egypt – all authoritarian regimes sucking up to the Saudis.

        Saudi Arabia widely disseminated fake news and fake quotes from the Emir of Qatar before announcing its blockade and enlisted all of those lackey governments to try and force Qatar to follow its line in an attempt to assert itself as the leading power in the region.

        Qatar was immediately supplied with everything those other countries stopped providing or allowing through by Iran and Turkey.

        Of course they are making a big thing out of the Khashoggi murder. More than anything else – including the Saudi’s recent kidnapping of the Lebanese Prime Minister and forcing him to resign (apparently persuaded by France to stop all this nonsense and let him go) – this incident shows up what a pack of arseholes the Saudi ruling family and regime are.

        Whatever issues Qatar might deserve closer scrutiny and maybe some criticism for – bloody good on them for bagging the Saudis.

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      • Pink David

         /  December 28, 2018

        “Um … Khashoggi was criticised on Al jazeera tv only a few days ago in one of their regular programmes (might have been The Listening Post, an excellent, independent, monthly review of worldwide media and their coverage) for being accorded martyr & reformer status when he is a long-time supporter of the Saudi Regime”

        Missed it. I really have mostly stopped watch any A-J since the endless coverage seemed to have…….no end.

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