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26 April 2019


Don Bessee


Separately, the Sanders campaign swiped at former Vice President Joe Biden, who entered the race early on Thursday, for raising money at the home of a "corporate lobbyist" shortly after launching his campaign. And Justice Democrats, a group launched by former Sanders campaign aides, issued a blistering statement attacking Biden as a corporate shill and saying he’s the wrong kind of politician for the party to nominate.

The new attacks come as the race for the party's nomination takes shape around Biden and Sanders, who are the clear front-runners at this early stage. Both are now coming under attack.
It’s a big shift from the niceties that have been on display among the candidates so far and likely foreshadows a brutal race to come as mid-tier and lower-tier candidates face pressure to knock down the top two in an effort to break out from the pack.

“It’s going to be nasty,” predicted one Democratic strategist.



Don Bessee

Man of the people or tool of the globalist 1% and the chi coms?

“I get calls from people all over the world. World leaders are calling me, and they’re almost begging me to do this, to save the country, save the world,” Biden reportedly said.

Biden has tried to frame himself as a populist candidate, bashing Wall Street and pledging to reject campaign cash from federal lobbyists to counteract the Obama administration’s infamously cozy relationship with big banks. However, this admission that globalists see him as their best hope to oust Trump has the potential to hurt his case with voters.

Further, the failure to disclose which nations want him to run brings up further questions about the Biden family’s relationship to the Chinese government, as first exposed in Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer’s book Secret Empires. Schweizer suggests that the communist regime was “buying off Biden through his son” with a shady ten-figure deal:

In December of 2013, Hunter Biden flies on Air Force 2 to Beijing, China, with his father. His father meets with Chinese officials, he’s very soft on Beijing. The most important thing that happens happens 10 days after they return. And that’s when Hunter Biden’s small, private equity firm called Rosemont Seneca Partners gets a $1 billion private equity deal with the Chinese government, not with the Chinese corporation, with the government. And what people need to realize is Hunter Biden has no background in China, he has no background in private equity



Don Bessee

Does that mean we will get coughing attack and falls too?

Joe Biden is the Hillary Clinton of 2020 – and it won't end well this time either
Arwa Mahdawi,The Guardian 13 hours ago


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Joe Biden wants to make America straight again. “America’s coming back like we used to be,” the former vice-president told reporters in Delaware on Thursday, shortly after he released a video officially announcing his 2020 campaign. “Ethical, straight, telling the truth … All those good things.”

Related: Joe Biden’s inappropriate touching is the embodiment of male privilege | Suzanne Moore
It was unfortunate phrasing, but what else would you expect from a man whose foot always seems to be hovering somewhere near his mouth? Gaffes are part of Biden’s brand and, we will, no doubt see a lot more of them in the coming months.




"NK is not yet a nuclear armed regime."

Neither were we in WWII. I think your fixation to nuance is lost on the Japanese.

George Rebane

DonB 1230pm - Does this mean that Russia and China are already meddling in our 2020 election and trying to influence its outcome?

Ozz 104pm - Wrong again. I believe the nuance is lost on you, not the Japanese who have the same motivation as the US to over-represent the UFK's military capabilities. And if you ever decide to consult a history book, you'll find that we were indeed a 'nuclear armed regime' in WW2 by first demonstrating the completion of our nuclear device, and then delivering not one, but two weaponized and operational versions of it on separate targets to end the war and save millions in the cancelled invasion of the Japanese home islands. Trust me, you'll find it interesting reading, even if it won't change your mind on anything material discussed here.


Your definition for nuclear arms must include "controlled accuracy. . . launched warhead. . . . penaids . . .. . . "

Pretty certain Little Boy was not "launched" but was a dumb gravity bomb dropped from an aircraft and was relatively inaccurate (it missed its target by nearly a quarter mile). No penaids were deployed. The Japanese were not unimpressed by any of these "limitations" nor would we if NK did the same (or maybe just rolled in on a flat bed truck).

Don Bessee

The clown car is full -




rl crabb

I have no intention of sitting through the three hour Avengers punchathon, but I do have some familiarity with the subject matter having read most of those comics in my childhood daze.
I think if the movie accomplished anything, it would be some kind of record for the number of masked do-gooders appearing on one screen at the same time.It must have been a nightmare trying to figure out who's who without a scorecard. The original comics were much more imaginative in their day, refreshing after years of the sappy storylines of DC's Superman and Batman.
If you want to see better escapist fare, I'd suggest Game of Thrones. HBO had the sense to stretch the story out over eight years in one hour installments, making it easier to digest. Despite the fantasy aspect, there are realistic portrayals of the modivations of would-be kings and queens, how to win over your subjects, and how to finance wars.
Some may object to the sadistic nature of some of the characters, or the subject of incest, but the violence mirrors the actual sordid history of humankind, and one should recall that even King Arthur was tricked into sleeping with his half-sister and fathering the evil Mordred.

Russell Steele

Ozz @ 01:04 and 03:34

At the link is an inventory of the North Korean Air Force. Use your military skills to pick out the aircraft that are going to deliver the Korean Version of Little Boy? Where will these strategic bombers launch from and if not from a base in the range of the US how will these strategic bomber be refueled in the air? Using which aerial tanker fleet? What electronic counter-measures will the NoK Air Force use to penetrate our air defenses? Stealth does not seem to be an option.


Don Bessee

Sucking up to the chi coms in good team 0 totalitarian fashion -



Don Bessee

Oh ya, that's a problem in the socialist dem world-

Joe Biden's voting record weakened his presidential hopes before, but experts say it may crush him in 2020



Bonnie McGuire

Thank you for sharing your experience at the movie Dr. Rebane. When I turned onto Mill St. by the Del Oro yesterday evening the line of people waitin to buy tickets was almost to Bank St. Wow! It made me wonder...

George Rebane

Ozz 334pm - You are clearly beyond help in these discussions.

rl 743pm - thanks Bob, we're already a couple, three years into Game of Thrones. And I agree with your analysis; good stuff.

Don Bessee

Welcome to the new world order of creepy grampa joes life. Hell he pushed the littlest commiecongress-critter off the news cycle complaining about one of her bill sponsors as if he was an R taking a pic with a cut out that looked more genuine then she ever does. That's an accomplishment creepy grampa joe! -









rl 743pm

Sorry, but the Arthurian legends you're thinking of as history are stories made up many centuries after someone named Arthur died in a battle. Maybe.

They're older than GOT, but not more true.

rl crabb

Don't know how you managed to translate my comments about the Arthurian stories into actual history, Greggie. I'll just chalk it up to your contrarian nature.


Golly, RL, I just took you at your word:

" Some may object to the sadistic nature of some of the characters, or the subject of incest, but the violence mirrors the actual sordid history of humankind, and one should recall that even King Arthur was tricked into sleeping with his half-sister and fathering the evil Mordred."

Mordred was just mentioned as someone who died at the same battle "Arthur" died, in the year 537, from a list of dates compiled in the 10th to 12th centuries. Everything else is pure fiction.


"Use your military skills to pick out the aircraft that are going to deliver the Korean Version of Little Boy? "

No need. I'd just whistle up a shipping container and send it to a West Coast port. Delivery is the least of your problems in that world and I always wonder why people waste so much air space on things like missiles. Trying to smack 100's of places at once is a different matter.

If some Kim or the other really wanted to cause mayhem, they'd spend their lucre on a North Korean version of Biopreparat. A Third World singleton bomb would be a trivial matter in comparison.

re: Marvel. The interesting story to me there is the takeover of the franchises by the Social Justice League of America. It's a situation similar to some TV and movie production companies in that they are giving up profits (I think) in order to push a message. Perhaps all I'm seeing is a push for interest in comics moving to a more 'adult' age (especially the age group most interested in seeing a transgender Hulk or something) while the younger groups all buy Grand Theft Auto XVIII instead.


Exactly my point. The conventional thinking is to expect Kim to act conventionally and follow rules 1 through 10 to become a "certified" nuclear regime. To be so arrogant as to profess "NK is not yet a nuclear armed regime." is to continue the mind set that allowed North Vietnam to win a war against the US using sharp sticks covered in shit and cross bows made from Jeep springs.


Idiot @ 9:08: You think North Vietnam won a war? No, we quit because your treasonous brethren decided communism should be the Vietnamese future.

Todd Juvinall

Trump would turn NK into a wasteland if Kim did anything like that. My guess is we have already positioned anti-missiles to take out anything he might send our way. As far as a container ship. We have very good detectors of radiation that would identify any attempts to do that. Nothing is perfect of course but to think Kim wants to commit self-genocide by attacking us is ludicrous.

George Rebane

L 935am - We see the Left's narrative continue that the NVA beat our military in the field. That has been one of the Big Lies of the Left taught in our schools unto the third generation. Even Ho’s successor Le Duan and NVA’s supreme commander Gen Nguyen Giap publicly admitted and celebrated the role of the US leftwing media for their nightly propaganda that misrepresented field operations and destabilized South Vietnam’s governments for the victory they could not otherwise have achieved. So today we continue to hear from useful idiots about how the Vietnamese north defeated the south with shit-dipped spears and leaf-spring crossbows. The beat goes on.


"to think Kim wants to commit self-genocide by attacking us is ludicrous."
So now you are a shrink who knows what goes on in Kims head?

Todd Juvinall

Yes I do. Thanks for admitting my ability.

Is there any other people out there on the left that actually thinks their life in America would be better under socialism? Women and minorities are doing really well here. Just look st other countries, Muslim ones too, where anyone different of a gender other than a man are murdered and/or treated like chattel. America has freed up all people and yet there are some that complain no matter what.

Bill Tozer

Re: Earl’s cartoon.



ToddJ: "As far as a container ship. We have very good detectors of radiation that would identify any attempts to do that. "

'Container ship' is code for, 'sneak in big load of stuff via commercial means'. You just need to get close. A fishing boat, lease a cargo plane in Singapore, sneak into Mexico/load on truck/drive to north Juarez. It's more a political statement than nation killer.

Compared to the problem and expense of making one of the things, delivery is trivial. If it were to ever happen (or something similar from Iran->Israel, although I couldn't tell you why they are mad at Israel, they aren't even Arabs), there'd be tons of second guessing about how to have avoided it. I expect that current plans always involve spying + preemptive strikes, although if Trump ever did it you just know it would be pronounced as an Evil Orange Hitler move.

George Rebane

Weaponized nuclear explosives - good discussion on a spectrum of delivery systems. What I'd like to see answered is the question - Why then have nations, and now NK, spent and continue to spend huge sums on the development, upgrade, and maintenance of their sophisticated stand-off delivery systems, if it's just as (more?) effective to hide the bomb and deliver it by any one of number of common, prosaic, and enormously cheaper means of transport??


Why then have nations, and now NK, spent and continue to spend huge sums on the development, upgrade, and maintenance of their sophisticated stand-off delivery systems, if it's just as (more?) effective to hide the bomb and deliver it by any one of number of common, prosaic, and enormously cheaper means of transport??

I think partially because in a scenario like that you’ve immediately gone to population centers and not eliminated anything capable of being lobbed back in retaliation. This type of delivery isn’t really a threat to land or submarine based missiles. Even with the delay built into a response due to the ambiguity as to the origin if the attack you haven’t prevented retaliation you’ve merely deferred it. One bomb goes off, ok maybe a terrorist got lucky....more than one and you are dealing with a state actor. Once they have an idea as to who it was .....look out!


Rebane 1:26-
Why then have nation s . . .

A nuclear warhead on a pallet on a flatbed truck doesn't look nearly as cool in a state parade as a 200' long phallus of a missile.


"Why then have nations, and now NK, spent and continue to spend huge sums on the development, upgrade, and maintenance of their sophisticated stand-off delivery systems, if it's just as (more?) effective to hide the bomb and deliver it by any one of number of common, prosaic, and enormously cheaper means of transport??"

I think there are different cases.

For the North Koreans, I'd say that it's mostly political. It's (probably) a lot easier to develop or buy a rocket than a nuclear bomb, it isn't threatening enough to set off a strong counter-reaction, and you can get people to dance merely by inaccurately lobbing something into the Pacific somewhere. Double bonus points for violating someone's airspace (or spacespace?). The Kims are always riding a tiger and I doubt that a person can understand their weapons efforts without understanding the palace politics there.

In the Middle East, you can send an old Russian rocket into Israel (maybe someday a Gerald Bull-style canon to do it on the cheap) with all sorts of level of state aggression. Sent from Tehran with an IRIAF logo, it means one thing, and it's cheaper than sending your F-14 somewhere. Sent by some faceless group from the Gaza Strip, something else.

I think there's a logic to all of this. Obviously conflict isn't simply an all-out attempt to subjugate the neighbors. You can use trade, sell or buy financial instruments, get kids to throw rocks at soldiers, or drop off the 10th Mountain Division. It's like asking why Paul types in all of his poll posts. I doubt he gives a rip about Trump's daily numbers, but just look at the 20 responses he gets in his political jihad.

Don Bessee

Its the economy stupid and the socialist dems get it wrong -

Details of President Trump’s first budget have now been released. Much can and will be said about the dire social consequences of what is in it and the ludicrously optimistic economic assumptions it embodies. My observation is that there appears to be a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course.

Apparently, the budget forecasts that U.S. economic growth will rise to 3.0 percent because of the administration’s policies — largely its tax cuts and perhaps also its regulatory policies. Fair enough if you believe in tooth fairies and ludicrous supply-side economics.

Sadly Messrs. Summers and Krugman have had plenty of company in struggling to predict U.S. economic performance. It seems that a significant portion of the Beltway economic forecasting sector has had some strange inability to recognize the potential of non-government-directed investment. Today the White House Council of Economic Advisers notes:

We see in today’s advance estimate of real GDP growth in the first quarter of 2019 that the economy continues to outperform expectations... in their final longer-term forecasts before the November 2016 election, the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Open Market Committee on average projected four-quarter real GDP growth in 2017, 2018, and 2019 of 2.2, 2.0, and 1.7 percent, respectively. In actuality, real GDP grew 2.5 percent in 2017, 3.0 percent in 2018, and in the first quarter of 2019 grew at an annualized rate of 3.2 percent.

Recently there also seems to have been some inexplicable tendency among esteemed left-leaning economists to overemphasize the economic damage caused by a partial shutdown of the federal government. The outstanding report on first quarter growth had this column—and perhaps a few other Americans—wondering if perhaps we should hope for more such governmental interruptions. The White House says no, arguing that Commerce Department data suggest that the first quarter could have been even better:

In the absence of residual seasonality and the government shutdown, real GDP growth in the first quarter of this year might have been up to 1.2 percentage points higher, implying... annualized growth rates of 4.4 percent.



George Rebane

re my 126pm - Thank you gentlemen for the prompt responses the only one of which I understood (but found ludicrous) was from Ozz (251pm). Is there another way you can simplify the other explanations for this simple mind? Thank you.

Scott O

re the Christians vs Muslims shoot-outs. We now have another synagogue killing.
An innocent human was murdered and the big noise is whether or not it was a 'hate crime'. A human was murdered in cold blood. You're going to 'enhance' that?
To me this is the sign of a sick society. What is there that we now hold sacred above a human life?
Sounds like the embodiment of human lives having different values.
Anyone care to defend that position?
I kinda thought all humans were equal in value.

Bill Tozer

Re: Attacks on Muslims and mosques in the name of Christianity of Christ.

“Obama had the exact same issue. He wrote in his tweet about New Zealand that he was grieving with "the Muslim community," but after Sri Lanka, there was no mention of Christians or churches.

“Why the refusal to denounce the Muslim assault aimed directly and solely at Christianity? The left seems to resent the Christian faith as a dominant Western, imperialist, patriarchal (and somehow, Caucasian) presence. While it's true that America's "dominant" religion is still Christianity, that's not the case in Sri Lanka, which is 70 percent Buddhist and only six percent Christian. It's six percent too many.

“The left has a reflexive tendency to avoid underlining Muslim terrorism against Christians, or Muslim persecution of Christians. After the New Zealand mosque murders, Clinton tweeted against white supremacy and "the perpetuation and normalization of Islamophobia and racism in all its forms." No leftist would ever sink to using a word like "Christophobia," let alone demand an end to its "perpetuation and normalization."


Don Bessee

Clearly there is no IQ test to get in the socialist dem clown car -



Scott O

re Obummer "Obama had the exact same issue. He wrote in his tweet about New Zealand that he was grieving with "the Muslim community,""
It's all theater.
He can't say "Our thoughts and prayers are with you" because that saying has become verboten.
Only the Muslims are grieving?
Christians grieve over all innocent victims.
Obama is nothing more than a political figure - he ceased being a human in many ways long ago.
Like so many others.
He has no other thoughts beyond those that might advance his stock among the people whose admiration he craves.

Todd Juvinall

Crabb's cartoon was one of his best. It pains me to compliment to old codger, but hey when something is good it must be recognized.


Crabb's 'toon is missing a major tentacle... PROPERTY TAXES!... while Cannabis taxes, tiny in comparison gets prominent mention... and he apparently thinks the Sierra Nevada range stops at the Mojave desert with the south state being flat.


There's mountains virtually all the way to the Mexican border, RL.


He's appealing to you flat earthers. I think the HEW arm would be a bit more sucky than PG&E.


Ozzie 1119am

"He's appealing to you flat earthers."

Flat earthers? Sorry, "Ozz", there's only oblate spheroiders here. Here's a simple English description of it, citing Newton's Principia.

It occurs to me you never did cite the "University" where you claimed to have been educated. Was it, perchance, the California State University at 'frisco (formerly a California State College), and you studied Political "science", as opposed to a real science that doesn't have to add "science" into its title for its cache?

Todd Juvinall

I think it might be rhetoric at Northwestern?


No one you know of studied rhetoric at Northwestern, Todd. Without looking it up, it might even be that Northwestern doesn't even award degrees in Rhetoric.

In my opinion, "Ozz" is too colorless (like his employees) and dispassionate to be the FUE. I also still think there's a chance "Ozz" took a degree in information science from a school of management at the University of 'frisco, a Jesuit institution that doesn't offer that particular path to enlightenment no mo'.

Todd Juvinall

Corna Diddily


You know, maybe I've been too hard on Cal State 'frisco. It's #82 in the US News list of Engineering schools that do not award doctorates, and somewhere between #210 and 301 on the list of national universities.

You might get tired, but you can scroll down from here to find CSU 'frisco.


Todd 1251pm

No, Todd, "Corna Diddley" also didn't study rhetoric at Northwestern. Checking, Northwestern in fact does not even award degrees in rhetoric, one of the original trivial arts. So, no one has a degree in rhetoric from Northwestern.

Don Bessee

Go impeach him socialists, GO!

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Friday appeared to underscore Democrats’ dilemma. It found that roughly six in 10 Democrats supported beginning impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump, most of them strongly. But almost nine in 10 Republicans and six in 10 independents, whom Democrats need to defeat Mr. Trump, opposed the idea.




The big bellied guy (Todd) barely scraped his chin on the door sill as he crawled out of high school. It's a good bet he doesn't know where Northwestern is much less what rhetoric means. He still thinks Music In The Mountains got its start at MIT.

Todd Juvinall

Gregory 121
Thanks for the clarification.

Hey it is great t be in good shape these days. 6-4, 230 pounds is a good fighting weight. And the gals find me irresistible. LOL!

Bill Tozer

Take it to the Sandbox, Ozzz. While Punchy is gone, can we have at least 24 hours of staying on topic and you stalking Todd only at the Sandbox? Its that too much to ask? Is it? Gawd, Todd was right. Pot peddlers should be shot on sight if it were legal. To the Sandbox with you.


It's a good bet "Ozz" got a basketweaving degree at a CSU, which isn't anything to crow about. Neither is tax fraud or a DUI arrest.

Or all those misspellings trying to refute GR's piece (misspelled twice by someone using Frisch's Facebook account) in The Union.

Toes, no, "pot peddlers" aren't doing anything worthy of capital punishment. Or any punishment as far as I'm concerned, if they're selling to adults. You know, people old enough to know better but you ain't their papa.

Barry Pruett

OMGosh George. I think that I peed my pants a little reading your review of Avengers: Endgame. On Sunday morning, our younger daughter (who was likely the motor-mouth behind you) told me and my wife that we must absolutely go see the movie. My wife and I agreed to wait until it comes out on cable. Also, you state that the movie "unsuccessfully attempted to explain the role of quantum-based time travel by the characters before they found themselves battling the vast array of minions in the service of a really bad guy who wanted to destroy the universe." Like the movie "Gravity," you must chuck any knowledge of physics out the window before going to see the fantasy movies. Lol. I am still laughing...

George Rebane

BarryP 213pm - Maybe I should post a consumer alert on some commentaries - RR does not cover readers' laundry bills ;-)

Barry Pruett

Maggie read this musing and stated as follows: “George is too smart to like it.”

And she denies that she was the motor mouth behind you. 😂

George Rebane

BarryP 605pm - The talkers were two guys. Maybe the secret to liking the movie lay in having followed all the 'super heroes' over the years, or maybe its just a generational perspective. Who knows? Hi to Maggie.

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