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  • PHOTOS: President Trump, Melania Welcome French Leader to 1st State Dinner

    04/25/2018 6:48:38 AM PDT · 15 of 17
    Hostage to jch10

    > “She’s wearing a sheet!”

    Some take offense when I mention her as a ‘she’.

  • Pro-Mass Immigration Koch Brothers Threaten GOP: Pass Amnesty for Illegal Aliens or Lose Our $$

    04/25/2018 6:37:18 AM PDT · 7 of 85
    Hostage to xzins

    So how many illegals are in the US? 10 million?

    And how many acres are there on the Koch estate?

    Could be a bit of a problem. But I can be onboard.

  • PHOTOS: President Trump, Melania Welcome French Leader to 1st State Dinner

    04/25/2018 6:32:51 AM PDT · 13 of 17
    Hostage to All

    After the morning arrival ceremony, Melania Trump hosts Brigitte Macron on a tour at the National Gallery of Art.





    "Ok, Ok, ... let's find one more ... searching white house state photos ... boing! boing! boom!"


  • Federal judge orders complete restart of DACA

    04/24/2018 7:06:54 PM PDT · 67 of 177
    Hostage to mass55th

    It’s a judge’s order so the Trump Administration is required to respond to the Judge.

    This Judge knows he will be overturned on appeal so he’s eating up the clock to midterms, why?

    Luircin nails it in #21.

    Also the latino community is full of vote fraud and false voter registrations. Without DACA the demcrat party loses not only donations but bodies to carry out the fraud or as they call it ‘voter drives’.

  • Federal judge orders complete restart of DACA

    04/24/2018 6:41:16 PM PDT · 21 of 177
    Hostage to Luircin

    You nailed it.

  • Federal judge orders complete restart of DACA

    04/24/2018 6:40:19 PM PDT · 17 of 177
    Hostage to SoFloFreeper

    DACA is not a law.

    It’s a policy set out by Obama. Congress never signed on to it.

    Judge is making law from the bench.

  • Democrats Push For Internal Documents On 2020 Census Citizenship Question

    04/24/2018 3:09:52 PM PDT · 30 of 35
    Hostage to Windflier

    Why is Gowdy dancing with the dumocrats?

  • Democrats Push For Internal Documents On 2020 Census Citizenship Question

    04/24/2018 3:08:49 PM PDT · 29 of 35
    Hostage to Lockbox


    Why only 3.5 years?

  • Trump's revenge: U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia

    04/24/2018 1:39:25 PM PDT · 44 of 53
    Hostage to South Dakota


    Tribes get a cut from the oil extraction on reservations. They get quite rich. They are always going on about the ‘sacred land’, the ‘spirit’ of this or that, but they know that todays extraction uses technology that does zero harm to the environment.

    But they like money.

    The natural gas comes up with the oil, it is mixed in with the oil. So the gas has to go somewhere.

    I think the tribes are shooting themselves in the foot. There’s plenty of oil in that region of ND that is not on tribal land.

    Keep me posted pls.

  • Trump's revenge: U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia

    04/24/2018 12:45:35 PM PDT · 32 of 53
    Hostage to South Dakota

    My group had signed contracts with KOGAS in S. Korea with their billionaires pledging investment to construct LNG terminals in Long Beach, CA and in New Jersey. The contract was conditional on obtaining approval of an export license.

    I foresee LNG terminal construction on both coasts of the USA with NG piped into the LNG terminals from oil-producing regions.

    So your observations of burning NG may fade in the next few years.

    A strong LNG export infrastructure will make the USA the biggest seller of NG in the world, and that will really hurt the Russians.

    I don’t think the President wants to deliberately hurt the Russians but for sure he’s interested in helping domestic exporters as long as pricing here at home brings benefits to Americans.

    How US-Russia relations will evolve I am not sure. The Russians will be happy if their cash cow is not starved to death. It will be interesting to see how everyone adjusts.

  • Trump's revenge: U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia

    04/24/2018 11:56:13 AM PDT · 25 of 53
    Hostage to nikos1121

    When my group’s export license was delayed by the Obama Admiistration, one of the reasons they used was that the export of US oil would cause US domestic oii prices to increase which is actually true. But the real reason was the Obama people were against fossil fuels in general.

    As for an oil glut in Europe, yes it is happening and it is hurting the Russians.

    West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil (WTI) Prices
    Close Date Price per 42-gallon Barrel
    04/17/18 $66.52

    The current price of Brent crude oil as of April 20, 2018 is $73.73 per barrel.

    Difference domestic versus export pricing is about $7 and change.

    WTI lags Brent.

    The reason oil prices were so low in past years is because Prince Alwaleed of House of Saud was flooding the US market with cheap Saudi oil for the purpose of bankrupting US domestic oil drillers and producers which he saw as an existential threat to Saudi oil revenues. He did cause US oil industry tremendous pain and some producers did shut down but most were not destroyed and today they are thriving. Alwaleed was arrested and he’s gone from the scene.

    With US oil exporters flooding Europe with oil, the Russians have no choice, they must lower their prices into Europe. Once Brent pricing comes down, WTI will follow. WTI always follows Brent.

  • Trump's revenge: U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia

    04/24/2018 11:27:45 AM PDT · 7 of 53
    Hostage to nikos1121

    US producers are eporting more where the price is higher.

    President Trump has addressed this issue and says it’s not good. I believe he is going to release strategic oil reserves on the US market to get the price down.

  • Trump's revenge: U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia

    04/24/2018 11:23:19 AM PDT · 4 of 53
    Hostage to Berlin_Freeper

    Saw this coming back in 2012 - 2014. My timing was too early else I would be the richest member in my family history. The Obama Administration wouldn’t sign off on an export application from my group.

    The Bakken has 10 X the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia. The Permian Basin is producing an overflow of oil never before seen in its history.

    Refineries are coming back online so quickly. Just a few years they were mothballed, disassembled, sold and shipped overseas. They are so valuable because they are made to US standards and are built to last hundreds of years. American engineering truly had a golden age that was set back for decades by politics. Now with President Trump, it’s all coming back. The young people of today are so fortunate.

    On top of this, the USA has so much natural gas that comes out with the oil pumping that it has to be flared (burned) off, wasted.

    It’ a whole different world now that most thought impossible just a few short years ago.

  • Golden Girl! Melania Trump's place settings for first state dinner revealed - as the[tr] (photos)

    04/24/2018 5:53:53 AM PDT · 16 of 86
    Hostage to COBOL2Java


    Actually, I’ll take Schmuck’s lunch and leave him something warm ... and brown.

  • The Dark Side of 'Christian' Family Counselors

    04/23/2018 9:51:25 PM PDT · 96 of 96
    Hostage to Mom MD

    I have higher credentials than ‘MD’ but feel no compunction to list them by my moniker or even in personal emails.

    That said, I have worked alongside many MDs in research studies and one would think their education would make them tend to be more like philosophers but in reality, that is not always the case, Some are like automatons incapable to think of what it means to be an American, to question authority, to examine legalism and see where it is detrimental and what needs to be done to improve it. It’s a pity that some MDs are limited in this sense.

    The child in this story is in the safest, most competent and compassionate hands that could be, a loving and responsible parent, but one who faces a predicament that is in process of finding the best resolution.

    But it’s perturbing to see people spout off when it comes to the best interest of a child as if they have some virtuous view of the matter which they don’t. It’s called ‘Virtue Signaling’ and it is baseless ‘for the children’ Pavlovian behavior. It is disgusting because there is no wisdom in it, no benefit to listening to it, no light shed by it, like garbage.

    This story is not about a child and his loving parent, it is about so-called Christian Services allowing themselves to be subjugated to the state, doing the state’s bidding even when that bidding is wrong on its face. State involvement is accepted by some shallow minded Americans as something that is not to be reviewed, challenged, reformed, or questioned.

    I have been around a long, long time, have witnessed the evolution of American society dumbed down and afraid to take part to make improvements in their laws and their lives, to band together and get a political agenda in place to improve conditions and society in general. Instead, some Americans would like to be led around like immature stunted pseudo-adults who desire an ‘authority’ to tell them what to do. Such beings shun the responsibility of thinking for themselves.

    The advent of this thing called CPS is not an improvement to society. It is a wrong step. Society has not improved under this form of legalism. It’s detrimental to health. It needs reform.

    The people that are professionally trained in dealing with family conflicts such as social workers, school counselors, family counselors, psychologists have acquiesced as agents to the state when they are in fact superior to any state agency because they know what is happening on the ground whereas the state is clueless and takes harsh action that in many if not most cases does more damage than good to the helpless.

    Professionally trained people can take responsibility and liability by taking out malpractice insurance to cover cases where their instructions fell short of what was needed to prevent conflicts from escalating. In other words, these professional people should have the decision authority to call in law enforcement or courts to intervene. They should not be required to call in the harsh clueless badged guns at the drop of one allegation of abuse. They are better informed and better suited to make decisions.

    The class that is superior to the professionally trained counselors is the rabbinical, priest and clergy class because they are lifelong students and confessors of wisdom. They are the traditional and natural mitigators of family and social conflicts. Yet, they are threatened by and forced to subjugate themselves to the state.

    This thread has generated some inputs that are excellent which is the hoped-for purpose of these discussion threads, that may be feed discussions of political reforms.

    An example political agenda for reform for improving the situation for children and their adult caregivers and parents would look something like this:

    1. The statute that MANDATES CPS be called at the slightest mention of abuse should be stricken WHEN the family is under the care of a certified counselor, certified under groups such as the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and many others.

    2. A recognized and approved credentialed counseling certification is sufficient to allow the counselor holding such credential to make decisions where harsh measures are called for.

    3. Certified credentialed counselors are mandated to carry malpractice insurance at a level determined to cover incidents exposing families to harm and stress, just as is done by legal and medical professionals.

    4. CPS or law enforcement must respond to a certified counselor’s report and must follow guidelines and instructions of the counselor such as:

    a. As directed by the certified credentialed counselor, temporary custody is to be given to listed relatives or known listed persons of the family.
    b. Intervention by clergy and rabbinical persons from the family’s temple, synagogue, shul or Church are to be given priority if requested by at least one parent or guardian of the family under duress.
    c. Reports by Clergy, Rabbis, Certified Credentialed Counselors shall be recognized by courts and government offices.

    And so on. These are the types of serious discussions that take place that aim for improvement and reform.

  • Harrington: The Media Spin Every Story to Hurt Trump ĎJust Because Itís Trumpí

    04/23/2018 6:47:46 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    Hostage to MarvinStinson

    Hasn’t CNN dropped out of the top three in ratings? Haven’t they had layoffs?

    Trump appears to be winning the media war.

  • Claire McCaskill Immediately Blamed (bleeping) Russiansí for Clinton Election Loss

    04/23/2018 6:43:49 PM PDT · 16 of 37
    Hostage to GnuThere

    Do you think Missouri voters are tired of her?

  • Howard Dean Compares Trumpís Voter Base to Neo-Nazis Burning Swastikas

    04/23/2018 6:36:38 PM PDT · 20 of 50
    Hostage to Sub-Driver

    Howard Dean is the poster child for liberal insanity.

    I have never heard him say anything intelligent, seriously. I gave him every opportunity to have my ear but nothing ever resonated.

  • The Dark Side of 'Christian' Family Counselors

    04/23/2018 5:56:12 PM PDT · 94 of 96
    Hostage to Theophilus

    Thank goodness, a poster with a brain.

  • The Dark Side of 'Christian' Family Counselors

    04/23/2018 5:55:30 PM PDT · 93 of 96
    Hostage to iowamark

    Good grief, another mouthy viewer who doesn’t bother to get the complete picture.

    The kid is fine and in good hands. See #58 above.

    See #78, #79, #80 and others above and then come back and show some class by making an apology.