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September 6th, 2013 - 3:12 pm

This was the President’s press conference in Russia.

The phrases tumble out from behind the lectern in a less than forceful fashion, some of them real howlers: “my military … limited and  proportional.”  Nobody will notice these malapropisms any more because all eyes are on the haggard face. Having watched President Putin — Putin for pete’s sake – take away his international marbles at the G20 summit, from people who were supposed to be his allies, President Obama is now facing the prospect of a rejection by Congress.

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama resisted pressure on Friday to abandon plans for air strikes against Syria and enlisted the support of 10 fellow leaders for a “strong” response to a chemical weapons attack.

Obama refused to blink after Russian President Vladimir Putin led a campaign to talk him out of military intervention at a two-day summit of the Group of Twenty (G20) developed and developing economies in St. Petersburg.

He persuaded 10 other G20 nations to join the United States in signing a statement calling for a strong international response, although it fell short of supporting military strikes, underscoring the deep disagreements that dominated the summit.

President Obama began the summit by trying to overawe the Russian president using his “dominant” Obama routine. But it sounds like Putin got what he wanted and Obama walked away with the booby prize.

The Christian Science Monitor explains what happens if Congress turns him down. “Current polls show the House opposing a strike on Syria. Obama is not saying whether he would order an attack anyway, but a loss could have long-lasting political effects at home and abroad.”

What would happen then? The answer to that question could have a profound effect on US foreign policy and relations between Congress and the executive branch for years to come.

The first and most important decision for Obama would be whether to carry through and strike the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad anyway.

White House officials have said that as a matter of inherent executive branch power Obama believes he has the right to launch an attack no matter the congressional outcome …

But there are some indications a Syria strike is unlikely without congressional approval. A New York Times story Friday quoted anonymous White House aides as saying such a unilateral course of action is “almost unthinkable,” and would surely launch a move toward impeachment in the House, which would drain and distract the administration at the least.

We can assume that John McCain won’t be voting for impeachment unless it involves “boots on the ground”. Earlier he warned President Obama there would be an impeachment if he put “boots on the ground”.

The president has bungled this beyond belief,” McCain stated. “Announced that he’s going to strike and then say, ‘No, I’m going to the American Congress.’ I can’t believe how badly he’s mishandled this issue.”

McCain repeatedly told about 150 constituents at the morning meeting that there would be no plans to send U.S. troops to retaliate for the chemical weapons attack last month near Damascus.

“I want to begin by saying to you I am unalterably opposed to having a single American boot on the ground in Syria,” McCain said. “The American people wouldn’t stand for it.”

But McCain didn’t plan on being shot down over Vietnam and having his boots on the ground either. The problem with war is  it is unpredictable. No plan survives contact with the enemy and the man who would embark on it should be ready for shocks. The Obama of the press conference seemed the very picture of dejection, not too far from one shock too many. If Congress hands the President a rejection and he continues with the Syrian operation anyway, Obama may not only be precipitating a Constitutional crisis but also taking on a responsibility the Presidency as an institution cannot survive.

If you think he’s down now, just watch him get bummed out by Congress saying “no”.

And to begin a war when in all appearances at a low ebb is to court disaster. You should ideally be in possession of all your marbles at the start of something like that. But Obama has reached the sorry stage of dejection that only the most soundly defeated generals experience when they looked down at a shrunken position. He is whupped. He’s Gamelin before Rundstedt. He’s Perceval marching in his shorts in a toothbrush mustache to a grinning Yamashita in his two-toned Imperial Japanese Army uniform.

Obama’s all out of confidence. He hardly seems to believe the things he says himself, as if whistling past the graveyard, making noises to make it seem as if he had company. It seems an absurdity to forge ahead under these circumstances, to start a war — or whatever you want to call it — when Obama himself has declared an utter disinterest in its outcome, regime change, or even in taking sides.

Is this trip really necessary?

And as if to underscore his difficulty the Huffington Post now reports that Madonna says “stay out of Syria”.  When you’ve lost Madonna, you’ve lost … And now the Daily Caller says “Obama hints he may abandon Syria strike.”

President Barack Obama hinted Friday that he might not strike Syria if Congress rejects his authorization request.

“I’m not itching for military action… and if there are good ideas that are worth pursuing, then I’m going to be open to them,” he told one reporter who asked if he was seeking alternatives to a missile strike.

The President is surrounded, mostly by himself.


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Well said Sir.

The country club Republicans have been bought off for quite a long time. Note that the notion of redistributing the wealth only seems to apply to income, which is only a subset of wealth. It doesn't apply to trust funds like the economic miracles that fund the truly rich like the Kennedy family. But most wealth that is generated by the middle class, the evil bourgeoisie, is in the form of income. If you don't keep those nasty people down they might attain the resources needed to activate the proles into a revolt against you. Tax away their income and give it to the poor. But the wealth of the wonderful people must be protected. And that was the price that was asked and that is the price that is being paid. To the powers that be the middle class were and are just little nasty creatures who deserve whatever their betters want to inflict upon them for their presumption.

A professor in college I had long ago described it well. The War on Poverty was just an alliance of the Rich and the Poor against the Middle, mainly because the rise of economic and political power of the Middle threatened the position of the politically established Rich.
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We can assume that John McCain won’t be voting for impeachment unless it involves “boots on the ground”. Earlier he warned President Obama there would be an impeachment if he put “boots on the ground”.

The president has bungled this beyond belief,” McCain stated. “Announced that he’s going to strike and then say, ‘No, I’m going to the American Congress.’ I can’t believe how badly he’s mishandled this issue.”

McCain repeatedly told about 150 constituents at the morning meeting that there would be no plans to send U.S. troops to retaliate for the chemical weapons attack last month near Damascus.

“I want to begin by saying to you I am unalterably opposed to having a single American boot on the ground in Syria,” McCain said. “The American people wouldn’t stand for it.”
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John McCain would support Obama if Obama allowed Al Quada [the moderate ones, of course] to set up a base in Arizona. John McCain has run as a "conservative Republican maverick" but consistently votes and lobbies as a Leftist Democrat. His pledge of impeachment is worth as much as his pledge to "Build the damn fence". He, Graham, and a few others are part of Obama's bedrock base, primarily because of his hatred of real conservatives.

That said, we approaching an end game here. I still expect Obama to announce the strikes coincident with his speech Tuesday. If we are at war with Syria and other belligerents to be named; it probably means collapse. Collapse of the facade of an opposition party. Probably a state of emergency suspending such civil liberties as remain. Definitely an economic collapse as oil prices, interest rates, etc. take off in a way that will make Carter's term look like Reagan's and supply chains collapse.

The best case we can hope for is for either the Republicans to defect from the Democrats, or for Obama to have a public breakdown. Yeah, that means President Biden, but Biden would be a relative improvement. His incompetence is less dangerous than Obama's, he will not be protected by the most impenetrable substance known to man ["Black Democratium], and he is nowhere near as dedicated to destroying this country as Obama.

Subotai Bahadur
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Yes, sounds weary. And if it were just him, conservatives could cheer his "whuppedness". But back at base he has a whole cadre of energetic know-nothings who dogged and unceasingly push him and his agenda forward. On the foreign policy front, this crew (Kerry, Jarrett, Rice, McDonough, Powers) continue to push the Obama rhetoric forward as if it were a cogent plan ... even as it falls to pieces in front of them. Admittedly they look like fools do such a thing, but their ideological grimness in pushing forward is frightening. It shows that they do not care about the success of their policy (whether it has ANY achievable goals), nor if it makes ANY rational sense. Rather the important thing is to grind down the opposition BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. Everything is politics and merely politics.

On the domestic front, which all the conservative pundits (including Wretch) seem to have forgotten in the wake of this Syria kerfuffle, his people continue to grind ahead as well. The Road to Serfdom is the road Obama and his crew are forcing us to walk. This is the forum that Obama prefers. He can't really be "Dominant" at the UN Security Council or the G20; they know he's out-of-his-depth in those situations and have no respect for him. But in the domestic sphere, he is still held up by the MSM and a large portion of the Democrat Party as a demigod (he's really just a demagogue!).
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buddy

We're dealing with lawyers here. As far as they are concerned it is't a fact until is has been proven in a court of law.

BP gets its chance to do just that starting Sept 16 in Judge Barbier's court.

I guess most people haven't bee told that Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has indeed found <"some corruption" in the ranks of the lawyers

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2013/09/some_corruption_in_bp_oil_spil.html#incart_river

Who'da thunk? Those ambulance chasers have a lot of "professional courtesy".
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MP, wrote you a long answer --but it is being refused,

''there was an error in saving your submission''

over and over. I just wasted two hours -- fuggit, i'm goin' outside --this new system is buggy --or BP is outside with a jammer
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Since the news is full of Kerry today, layin' on them heartstrings, thought i'd post this (video inside the URL).

http://www.blackfive.net/main/2007/07/john-kerry---th.html

There's a better report, but it's apparently taken down now, from an interviewer for the Boulder Weekly, where the interviewer/columnist after Kerry has disavowed the 'bloodbath' does some research and posts the records on the post USA death toll in Vietnam. And he thinks to properly roll Pol Pot into Kerry's first political project results, too.

Then he calculates how large a tub would be needed to hold the blood from the 'no bloodbath'. It was big --an olympic pool iirc, not even counting Pol Pot's fluid volumes contribution.

And MP having brought up BP below, the cap n trade bill known as the American Power Act, that's Kerry's bill, tho BP wrote it for him, during the five years that Rahm Emanuel was living free in a BP apartment between WH gigs.

These people are a big BIG onion to peel.
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My eyes are watering.

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is it the onion, or the union, you cry fer?
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Obama's end game is to start a war he has no intentions of winning.

The Left has been trying to drag this country down for decades, what better way to do it than through this war ?

He gets the military that he doesn't trust out of the country, maybe even abandoning them. While Federal law enforcement agencies that are riddled with Progressives clamp down on domestic dissent with the support of black and hispanic mobs.

If we go to war, it will be to advance Obama's domestic agenda.
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Unleash would be my term.

He's a boy that praises Lincoln, FDR, and LBJ -- who only have one thing in common.

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Forget the other baloney written about Syria, this is the article to read:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/357858/drawing-al-qaeda-red-line-andrew-c-mccarthy

The link's concluding question:

"Why is Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons worse than the rebels’ use of al-Qaeda?"

The answer in my opinion: The rebel's use of al-Qaeda is as morally wrong as Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

No good guys in Syria. Provide arms to both sides and let them fight until both sides are exhausted.
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Andrew McCarthjy's great --reading it tonight. Meanwhile, here's another good'n, with links (one of which is to Telegraph's article Wretchard linked earlier). Yes, it's Prison Planet, but there's some good data over there, even tho i think the editor may work out of Lubyanka Street.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/is-the-united-states-going-to-go-to-war-with-syria-over-a-natural-gas-pipeline.html
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That wacky pipeline through Syria meme is everywhere these days.

Syria is so irrelevant that she's been bypassed by a Turkish pipeline for more than a generation!

THE key player is Iraq. However, there is NO chance that a Shi'ite Iraq is going to favor Sunni gas over Shi'ite gas (Iran) from the exact same field. (It's so massive it crosses international borders -- in the Gulf.)

Qatar's play is to export to Asia. There is not going to EVER be a gas market for her in Europe.

1) Russia and Israel have already created a cartel -- for joint marketing.
2) Iraq says NO.
3) America says NO to Iranian projects, generally.
4) Fracking will start in Britain and then go viral through Northwest Europe. The speed will be astonishing.

American production of light, sweet fracked crude will continue to astound. Even at this hour, many, many wells are capped in North Dakota. The players are waiting for pipelines, as they have a material impact on net profits. The drillers are no longer so desperate for cash flow that they're willing to take the transport haircut. ($100 ninety-days from now beats $ 82 today.)

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Google 'libyan oil production' and here's a copy/paste of the top of the results column:

About 1,500,000 results (0.27 seconds) Search ResultsOil reserves in Libya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_reserves_in_Libya‎Cached
SimilarOil reserves in Libya are the largest in Africa and the fifth largest in the world with 76.4 billion barrels (12.15×10^9 m3) as of 2010. Oil production was 3.1 million ...News for libyan oil production

Washington Post Libya's oil exports plunge, production 10 percent of pre-war levels as government's woes grow

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Lessee, AQ's got control, production's down by nine tenths, and Brent crude is up to $110/bbl and sticky downward. Whatever else may be going on, the Libya ''thing'' has put a nice premium on Russia and KSA's oil sales. Tha's bottom-line money, too.
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Some technical matters:

KSA no longer has ANY spare light, sweet, crude to export. It's the US that's picking up that action. This effect is so pronounced that Nigeria has been driven out of the American market; forced to ship at marginally discounted prices to Europe. (Losing $5-6/ bbl relative to the benchmark as a result.)

This market action has absolutely freaked out the Saudis. For there seems to be no end in sight. America is also exporting middle distillates in record volume -- greater than KSA even hoped to achieve with their Yanbu set up. (!)

Libya's constriction is bizarre, since BP controls wells near to the Italian sub-sea pipeline that avoided the fighting. They are so fresh that one need only turn the tap. The pipeline can carry 400,000 bpd, BTW.

The locals and the Europeans celebrated the pipeline's reopening over a year ago to much fanfare.

Since the BP deal was a pay-in-kind deal the loss in oil volume should focus the attention of Whitehall.

Is BP a Western clone of Gazprom? It would seem so.

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http://www.bp.com/modularhome.do?categoryId=6790&contentId=7019058

futures are backwardized --or were earlier last week --a LOT --the back contract around 25 less. And gold too, very rarely for gold. Suggests belief crisis will be a market risk only, and short term.
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Yep --i think it is --BP engineered the BTC pipeline route and somehow got along w/ the beare's ministyries despite. Maybe it was the TNK deal where BP very nearly got stripped of its very large investment by crooked Russian courts when something went topsy in the deal.

Russia banned BP CEO from ever entering Russia again --but then a few years later --not long ago --forgave him and let him buy into Rosneft for a long term Siberian program.

BP has (or had --City of London has been taking some blowback, pardon the term re Lord Browne, on the financial crisis that LIBOR prettty much outed as a contrivance) a core of bad players --Royal Engineering Society NWOs --at the very top --now Lorde Browne is gone, but note the replacement CEO who ran the Macondo geopolitical attack by NWO ruin-the-mississippi-canyon project, left BP as soon as he identified himself as BP for USA --and went to a paid-for-partnership with a new Rothschild E&P fund.

Eric Holder is suing Rothschild's Standard & Poors as we speak, creating a PR counter to the hand-in-glove they pulled in the set-up for the 2008 crisis as well as the BP 2010 crisis, and the write-down of USA debt rating which cost a quick thousand points on the Dow and fatted Soros' Managed Funds Association so Soros could disconnect, and lord knows what else.

ahhhh, i could go on forever, blah blah blah --demonic bastards, keeping the po folks barefooted the world over --
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WAY to go, Ozzies!
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The pendulum swings left and right. Abraham Lincoln followed James Buchanan. The guy who follows Obama may end up being our best President (this assumes the nation survives Obama).
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Yeah, but Lincoln allowed a bloody and devastating civil war to break out on his watch, even though there were alternatives available that worked in Britain, to end slavery peacefully.

A civil war doesn't seem to be something to look forward to after eight years of a mendacious, deceitful, and destructive POS like Obama.
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The Fort Sumter martial opera was faked by Southern boys promptly after Lincoln took the oath of office.

How fake?
No Southern boy was hurt by Federal canon.
No Federal boy was hurt by militia canon.
In hours of canonade no shots harmed the warf!
The Southern belles catered the affair and attended the festivities.
While a Federal fort, it was manned and led by Southern boys, almost entirely.
Buchanan is your villain.

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naw, close, but there was a looong cold war before that first cannon shot --four months or so. Charleston mayor and delegation made at least two trips to DC to buy the fort --but Lincoln would not see them --of course not, their portfolio wasn't legit in Union eyes. Lincoln finally got tired of waiting for the rebs to start the shooting war, and sent a supply flotilla with armed naval escort into the harbor to re-supply the fort. DC announced this move long before the flotilla cast off --Charleston begged Lincoln not to do it as warships would violate the new sovereignty.

But you're right --no one got hurt except a few cannoneers on each side who blew up their own guns by accident. Fort surrendered after an honor cannonade, and the garrison went home by train. Lincoln had war.
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I'm pretty sure most of the topography will still be here.
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Obama Gets an Earful on Syria From Russian Human-Rights Activists:

"Only a handful of Russian activists bothered to show up to meet the
president in St. Petersburg, and those who did gave him an earful on Syria
and Snowdon. By Anna Nemtsova."

See:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/07/obama-gets-an-earful-on-syria-from-russian-human-rights-activists.html
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One of them should have spit in his face.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/australia-election-begins-with-conservative-opposition-tipped-to-win-despite-unpopular-leader/2013/09/06/b8705a02-175b-11e3-961c-f22d3aaf19ab_story.html?hpid=z4

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s “unelectable” and gaffe-prone political leader, Tony Abbott, confounded critics Saturday by becoming the country’s latest prime minister, leading the opposition to a sweeping election victory and ending six years of Labor Party rule.

Abbott, the leader of the conservative Liberal Party-led coalition, rode a wave of public bitterness over a hated carbon emissions tax, worries about a flagging economy and frustration over government infighting to win the election.

The result was a stunning turnaround for Abbott, a 55-year-old former Roman Catholic seminarian and Rhodes scholar who has never been particularly popular and was once dubbed unelectable by opponents and some of his own supporters.

He emerged victorious thanks, in large part, to the frustration of a country fed up with Labor and its once-popular leader, Kevin Rudd, who had engaged in a years-long power struggle with his former deputy, Julia Gillard. Gillard, who became the nation’s first female prime minister after ousting Rudd in a party vote in 2010, ended up losing her job to Rudd three years later in a similar internal party coup.

“I now look forward to forming a government that is competent, that is trustworthy and which purposefully and steadfastly and methodically sets about delivering on our commitments to you the Australian people,” Abbott told supporters in his victory speech Saturday night.

That's one G-20 leader put out to pasture. Then there were nineteen.
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Actually, my Australian friends told me, what sank Labor's hopes was dissatisfaction over the socialist policies of "Red" Julia, the former Communist who instituted the carbon tax, and many other absurd economic policies. "Red" got her nickname because of her bright red hair, as well as her being the Secretary of the Communist cell at her college when she was younger.
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I had an inkling she was through some months ago when the news played that video of her stumbling and falling walking along with a party of officials. Not that it was an omen (tho it was --folks don't fall over unless they're distracted to carelessness) but that her peeps didn't bury the video.
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The "omen" that struck me (actually, her) was when kids kept throwing sandwiches at her every time she showed her face at a school.
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--those are "fast" omens --they foreshadow a sandwich hitting a face
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But what if the PM had had too much to drink?

Gals have less body mass -- yet too oft try and drink toe to toe.

Which is great for sacking out -- but not virginity.
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that makes the point --she wasn't in command of the situation --too much to drink procedes that condition, not precedes it. At least for purposes of this comment anyway
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Let's hope he has a position in his cabinet for Costello.
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Competent? I dunno. Seems a threat to the Obamanation. Warm up some more Tomahawks.
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--can't. Procedure. Have to gas some Abos first --THEN the Tomahawks.
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CHU LIED - DOLPHINS DIED!

UPDATE

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2013/09/bp_feds_offer_dueling_gulf_oil.html#incart_river

"With a high-stakes trial set to resume in less than a month, BP and the federal government on Thursday offered conflicting estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the company's Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion.

In a court filing, BP urges U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to use an estimate of 2.45 million barrels, or nearly 103 million gallons, in calculating any Clean Water Act fines.

Justice Department experts estimate that around 4.2 million barrels, or approximately 176 million gallons, spilled into the water before BP sealed its well 86 days after the April 20, 2010, blowout."

The $64,000 Question

In an effort to pass Cap & Trade in the Democrat controlled Senate, did the government deliberately sabotage BP's efforts to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in the time period May 1, 2010 to July 15, 2010?

The $64,000,000,000 Question

Where would the American economy be today, if Obama had gotten Cap & Trade in 2010?

Watch for the fireworks in the Big Easy.

"A key expert for BP will be Martin Blunt, a professor of petroleum engineering at Imperial College in London. Blunt has claimed the government overestimated the size of the spill by 26 to 42 percent."

Martin J. Blunt's expert report Part 1

http://www.scribd.com/document_downloads/150448353?extension=pdf&from=embed&source=embed

Part 2

http://www.scribd.com/document_downloads/150450552?extension=pdf&from=embed&source=embed

Preview of coming attractions

Watch government "experts" being eviscerated in open court.

Did you love those crazy terms

Top kill
Junk shot
Hot tap
Static kill

Wait until you hear about...

STB AKA Standard Tank Barrel
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MP, if i had a few houres, i'd tell you a tale of deliberate sabotage --before the fact --that would curl your knickers. I orta open a blog and just start listing the top hundred evidences.
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Please do.

You're the master of the links.

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thanks! but it takes no talent --it takes a really comfy office chair, and a run-down old country place with a spirit-crushing amount of work to do --if you screw up and wander outside.
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For those of you with a short memory

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/07/02/russian-scientists-urge-bp-nuke-gulf-oil-leak/

"MOSCOW/WASHINGTON, July 2 - His face wracked by age and his voice rasping after decades of chain-smoking coarse tobacco, the former long-time Russian Minister of nuclear energy and veteran Soviet physicist Viktor Mikhailov knows just how to fix BP's oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

"A nuclear explosion over the leak," he says nonchalantly puffing a cigarette as he sits in a conference room at the Institute of Strategic Stability, where he is a director. "I don't know what BP is waiting for, they are wasting their time. Only about 10 kilotons of nuclear explosion capacity and the problem is solved."

A nuclear fix to the leaking well has been touted online and in the occasional newspaper op-ed for weeks now. Washington has repeatedly dismissed the idea and BP execs say they are not considering an explosion -- nuclear or otherwise. But as a series of efforts to plug the 60,000 barrels of oil a day gushing from the sea floor have failed, talk of an extreme solution refuses to die.

For some, blasting the problem seems the most logical answer in the world. Mikhailov has had a distinguished career in the nuclear field, helping to close a Soviet Union program that used nuclear explosions to seal gas leaks. Ordinarily he's an opponent of nuclear blasts, but he says an underwater explosion in the Gulf of Mexico would not be harmful and could cost no more than $10 million. That compares with the $2.35 billion BP has paid out in cleanup and compensation costs so far. "This option is worth the money," he says.

And it's not just Soviet boffins. Milo Nordyke, one of the masterminds behind U.S research into peaceful nuclear energy in the 1960s and '70s says a nuclear explosion is a logical last-resort solution for BP and the government. Matthew Simmons, a former energy adviser to U.S. President George W. Bush and the founder of energy investment-banking firm Simmons & Company International, is another calling for the nuclear option.

Even former U.S. President Bill Clinton has voiced support for the idea of an explosion to stem the flow of oil, albeit one using conventional materials rather than nukes. "Unless we send the Navy down deep to blow up the well and cover the leak with piles and piles and piles of rock and debris, which may become necessary ... unless we are going to do that, we are dependent on the technical expertise of these people from BP," Clinton told the Fortune/Time/CNN Global Forum in South Africa on June 29."

Quite the engineer that Slick Willie is.
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Newsflash,

The Egyptian armed forces are conducting a "violent helicopter assault" on "militant positions" in the Sinai "near Gaza", two days after an unsuccessful assassination attempt was made on the Minister of Defense.

(paraphrased where not quotated)

You know, if Egyptian New Regime III seeks in a positive manner to re-establish the peace treaty with Israel, the MB can no longer claim that Israel 'splits the ummah' (in any way that bothers anyone but them, and their waffen SS, AQ).

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http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/thomas102506.htm

A memoire of William Buckley, 'the spy who never came in freom the cold'.

(excerpt)

On Friday, October 26, 1984, two hundred and twenty-four days since Buckley was kidnapped, a third video arrived at the CIA. The tape was even more harrowing than its predecessors. Buckley was close to a gibbering wretch. His words were often incoherent; he slobbered and drooled and, most unnerving of all, he would suddenly scream in terror, his eyes rolling helplessly and his body shaking. From time to time he held up documents, which had been in his burn-bag, to the camera. Then delivered a pathetic defence of his captor's right to self-determination in Lebanon.

(end excerpt)

That's Hez handiwork --along with the Marine barracks. That would be a better target than the well-protected optomotrist.

But, let's not do it with big war --lets do it with scalp bounties, paid in gold, and with a little misdirection. You know, Pootie-poot style.

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It's over at the Long War Journal.

The consensus is that the EA is wildly overselling the operation ... to Cairo.

The hotheads are ruining the 'family' business, they run a dig and export store.
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This may have had something to do with peace with Israel, but it certainly had to do with the MB's attempt to get the terrorists in Gaza to come into Egyot and help them battle the Egyptian Army.

Even before the MB took over, there was a bit of a wink and a nod by the Egyptian govt relative to the terrorists in Gaza. I guess they figured that if they were not too unfriendly to them, they would leave Egypt alone. Now the Army sees the danger; let's hope they clean house good.

And if they were really smart they would get Israel and Fatah working on the problem as well; they probably are, covertly, at least.
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
Nature abhors a vacuum. So does the international scene. The switch from Bush to Obama created a huge potential vacuum - inertia kept it at bay for awhile, but now that vacuum is coming home to roost.
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
Blows most likely.
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well that sucks...
45 weeks ago
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