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  • Yet Another #TOLDYA: Commodities Giant Ceases ALL Gold Trading

    12/20/2014 8:42:50 AM PST · 32 of 34
    Hostage to Rusty0604

    When did you lose your sense of humor?

  • LISTEN to Marco Rubio’s fantastic interview with Mark Levin on Cuba

    12/20/2014 7:03:39 AM PST · 5 of 36
    Hostage to Gaffer; ilgipper; Perdogg

    Maybe it’s time to let El Marco out of the doghouse:

    In the final vote, the Senate decided 22-74 against Cruz — less than half of the Senate’s 45 Republicans voted with Cruz.

    The only Republicans voting with Cruz were Sens. Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Rob Portman (Ohio), James Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kan.), ***Marco Rubio (Fla.)*** , Tim Scott (S.C.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Jon Thune (S.D.) and David Vitter (La.).

  • Tea Party Is a Movement Now, Not Just a Mood

    12/20/2014 5:37:13 AM PST · 34 of 35
    Hostage to Pelham; oldbrowser

    Very good observations.

    Most GOP Senators will follow policy initiatives proposed by President Cruz regardless of their past relationship with the GOPe as evidenced by the recent actions of Senator Moran. But this is predicated on Senator Cruz becoming President Cruz.

    For Senator Cruz to become President Cruz is a process that needs innovation. The GOPe with their ties to Wall St. Bankers which in turn are influenced by foreign interests such as the Saudis via the US Chamber of Commerce, they will be well funded to remove Senator Cruz as a viable GOP candidate for President regardless of his popular support within the GOP. Their funding will buy media and local operatives to disparage and sink his GOP candidacy.

    Electing an independent US Senator is one thing, electing an independent President is another.

    Electing Ted Cruz as an independent President requires a national party, a national organization and a national financing network. It can be done. To get it launched requires seed financing and selection of leaders and directors with established communication protocols.

    One of our more prolific Freepers says to wait first until about 2 to 3 months from now to see how things shake out in the new Congress. I agree but in the meantime serious discussions about 3rd party should continue as it is no longer a radical or fringe idea but should become more acceptable and plausible in the coming months, just as an Article V process was not so long ago a fringe idea that has since developed into a viable process now underway by very serious credible persons organized around a Convention of States (COS) project.

    An offshoot of COS can germinate from its people in the states to form the seedlings of a national organization to campaign for Ted Cruz as President and to follow through in placing his name on the ballot in each state as a Presidential Candidate for 2016 while also acting as an executive body to sway voters that an independent President Cruz is an idea whose time has come and is acceptable for mainstream thinking. The entire campaign could be carried as one of needed and practical innovation. With 42% of the
    electorate now registered or self-identifying as Independents, an independent President Cruz is not far-fetched.

  • Tea Party Is a Movement Now, Not Just a Mood

    12/19/2014 9:34:31 PM PST · 17 of 35
    Hostage to 2ndDivisionVet

    WHAT IS THE TEA PARTY? It is a frame of mind that comprises thinking that coalesces around conservative positions on political issues:

    Tea Party on Budget & Economy
    • Against Bush’s bailout bill & against Obama’s stimulus bill. (Feb 2012)
    • Act of cowardice by lawmakers to inflict generational harm. (Feb 2012)
    • OpEd: Congress waives PAYGO even when slightly inconvenient. (Feb 2012)
    • Fiscal responsibility applies to both Democrats & GOP. (Feb 2012)
    • Taxation & regulation replaces wisdom of the market. (Feb 2012)
    • Audit the fed: Congressional oversight needed. (Feb 2012)
    • Fed’s job has been to print money; that drives up inflation. (Feb 2012)
    • Financial responsibility to cut $61B from budget. (Jan 2012)
    • 2009: Tea Party sparked by opposing mortgage bailout. (Jan 2012)
    • Economic pessimism: Great Recession part of downward spiral. (Jan 2012)
    • Don’t raise debt limit; already facing economic Armageddon. (Jan 2012)
    • Budget woes more about coming collapse than redistribution. (Jan 2012)
    • Tea Party made all politicians look seriously at $15T debt. (Dec 2011)
    • Tea Party movement reborn based on massive 2008 bailout. (Aug 2010)
    • When times are tough, government should make do with less. (Aug 2010)
    • Bush’s Wall Street bailout ignited Tea Party firestorm. (Aug 2010)
    • Movement born in objection to stimulus plan. (Aug 2010)

    Tea Party on Civil Rights
    • Majority oppose gay marriage or civil unions. (Jan 2012)
    • More male Tea Party members, but more female leadership. (Jan 2012)
    • Racial minorities seen as undeserving, but so are whites. (Jan 2012)
    • 2010: Supported two Southern blacks for House; both won. (Oct 2011)
    • Equality of opportunity, not equality of outcomes. (Aug 2010)
    • OpEd: Few African-Americans at Tea Party events. (Aug 2010)

    Tea Party on Corporations
    • Corporate tax rate worldwide declining, except in US. (Feb 2012)

    Tea Party on Education
    • Vouchers give students and parents the power of choice. (Feb 2012)
    • Shut down failing schools; end collective bargaining. (Feb 2012)
    • Vouchers work: Schools either get better, or they close. (Feb 2012)
    • College kids should get jobs, not Food Stamps. (Jan 2012)
    • Dismiss objectionable intellectuals as over-educated elites. (Jan 2012)

    Tea Party on Energy & Oil
    • Outraged at phase out of incandescent lightbulbs. (Apr 2012)
    • All-of-the-Above instead of Cap-and-Trade. (Aug 2010)

    Tea Party on Foreign Policy
    • Truth, justice, and American way are needed worldwide. (Feb 2012)

    Tea Party on Free Trade
    • First principles: individual freedom & free markets. (Aug 2010)

    Tea Party on Government Reform
    • Limited role for government; not solution to every problem. (Apr 2014)
    • True the Vote: like driving and seeing police following you. (Apr 2014)
    • Constitutionalism means the rules are reliable. (Apr 2012)
    • Get state legislative “voice votes” on the record. (Apr 2012)
    • Government jobs (takers) replacing manufacturing (makers). (Feb 2012)
    • Return to original four federal Departments. (Feb 2012)
    • Earmarking is an odious practice, even if only a few billion. (Feb 2012)
    • Interstate compacts are preferable to federal action. (Feb 2012)
    • 2005 Kelo case revises the Fifth Amendment. (Feb 2012)
    • The Repeal Amendment: 2/3 of states to overrule federal laws. (Feb 2012)
    • We’re gaining control of DC, but just getting started. (Jan 2012)
    • Restore constitutionally-limited government. (Jan 2012)
    • Insist on legislators actually reading bills before voting. (Jan 2012)
    • Tea Party supports G.O.P.: Government Of the People. (Nov 2011)
    • Invoke Boston Tea Party’s anger against establishment. (Nov 2010)
    • Pressure Congress for moratorium on pork. (Nov 2010)
    • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Aug 2010)
    • Permanently repeal capital gains & death taxes. (Aug 2010)
    • Not about right-versus-left, but about big-versus-small. (Aug 2010)

    Tea Party on Gun Control
    • Important goal to safeguard Second Amendment rights. (Jan 2012)

    Tea Party on Health Care
    • OpEd: ObamaCare & bailouts both just throw money at problem. (Apr 2012)
    • Rise up against takeover of banks, cars, & health insurance. (Feb 2012)
    • Replace ObamaCare with healthcare interstate compacts. (Feb 2012)
    • Tort reform needed to avoid costs of “Defensive Medicine”. (Feb 2012)
    • ObamaCare was forced down our throats. (Jan 2012)
    • OpEd: Tea Party came from angry “No to ObamaCare!”. (Nov 2011)
    • Civil society is reasserting itself at the ballot. (Jun 2011)

    Tea Party on Homeland Security
    • Outraged by how citizens are manhandled at airports. (Sep 2012)

    Tea Party on Immigration
    • Oppose use of government services by illegal immigrants. (Jan 2012)

    Tea Party on Jobs
    • Real unemployment is 18%, counting under-employment. (Jan 2012)

    Tea Party on Principles & Values
    • Framework for Tea Party in 2002; didn’t ignite until 2009. (Jun 2013)
    • Tea Partiers took action and made it up as we went along. (Feb 2012)
    • Movement strategy: Prod, Pressure, and Primary. (Feb 2012)
    • OpEd: Tea Party won’t become well-organized political party. (Jan 2012)

    • 2009: finally confronting big-government leviathan head-on. (Feb 2013)
    • OpEd:Tying Tea Party to DC politicians de-energizes movement. (Jun 2012)
    • 2011 freshman class felt unambiguous mandate to change DC. (Apr 2012)
    • Be suspicious of politicians wrapped in Tea Party banner. (Apr 2012)
    • Conservative Congress more important than GOP Congress. (Apr 2012)
    • 2010:Knocked off establishment picks in GOP Senate primaries. (Feb 2012)
    • GOP is lesser of 2 evils: eternal vigilance on both parties. (Feb 2012)
    • Obama is subject of immense suspicion of illegitimacy. (Jan 2012)
    • OpEd: Common dislike of incumbents and establishment. (Jun 2011)
    • Unconventional because they’ve had enough of establishment. (Feb 2011)
    • Original 1773 Tea Party fought ruling establishment also. (Feb 2011)
    • 2010: Championed Marco Rubio over Florida GOP candidate. (Aug 2010)
    • 2010: Championed Mike Lee over Utah GOP candidate. (Aug 2010)
    • OpEd: Seize control of the Republican Party. (Aug 2010)

    Origins and Demographics
    • 2010: 52 Tea Party Caucus members among 87 GOP freshmen. (Apr 2012)
    • Tea Party Patriots organized after Rick Santelli rant. (Feb 2012)
    • Grassroots activists: not just Republicans, even some Dems. (Jan 2012)
    • Bottom-up Tea Party differs from city to city. (Jan 2012)
    • About 160,000 active participants in Tea Party movement. (Jan 2012)
    • Tea Party Demographics: Mostly middle-aged and beyond. (Jan 2012)
    • Tea Party includes some astroturf and some grassroots. (Jan 2012)
    • More Americans identify with Tea Party than Dems or GOP. (Feb 2011)
    • No national organization speaks for the Tea Party. (Feb 2011)
    • 9/12/09 Coalition: fiscal restraint & Constitutional limits. (Aug 2010)
    • 2009: Libertarians included in Massachusetts Tea Party. (Aug 2010)
    • Feb. 2009: “It’s time for another Tea Party”. (Aug 2010)

    Political Philosophy
    • We, the people, feel threatened as our nation slips away. (Feb 2012)
    • Many people are Tea Partiers and don’t know it. (Jan 2012)
    • Stop the blame game; start common sense solutions. (Jan 2012)
    • Tea Party message: we the people are coming. (Jan 2012)
    • Tea Party includes both moral conservatives & libertarians. (Jan 2012)
    • Borrow Alinsky’s community organizing methods from the left. (Jan 2012)
    • Defining book: The Five Thousand Year Leap. (Jan 2012)
    • Separate Tea Party from GOP response to State of the Union. (Jan 2012)
    • Tea Partiers are Constitutional Conservatives. (Nov 2011)
    • OpEd: we love America & dislike what’s happening to her. (Nov 2010)
    • Contract From America: Our liberties are inherent. (Aug 2010)
    • Movement for change; including Alinsky Rules for Radicals. (Aug 2010)
    • A social movement, not a political party,& hence sustainable. (Aug 2010)

    Tea Party on Social Security
    • Younger Americans might give up receiving Social Security. (Feb 2012)
    • Older citizens have earned Social Security. (Jan 2012)
    • Increase the payroll tax to sustain Social Security. (Jan 2012)
    • Think Tanks support privatization; grassroots does not. (Jan 2012)

    Tea Party on Tax Reform
    • FairTax & flat tax: on consumption instead of production. (Feb 2012)
    • 80% oppose taxing the rich, compared to 56% in GOP. (Jan 2012)
    • T.E.A.: Taxed Enough Already. (Nov 2011)

    Tea Party on Technology
    • Social media allows organizing opposition without Party. (Jun 2012)
    • Open-source community grew to 1.2 million in 2 months. (Feb 2012)
    • Leadership opposes net neutrality; grassroots has no opinion. (Jan 2012)
    • Ordinary folks, dismissed by MSNBC and establishment pundits. (Nov 2010)

    Tea Party on Welfare & Poverty
    • Support earned entitlements, but oppose unearned handouts. (Jan 2012)

  • Will Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas jump from GOP leadership to the ‘Cruz caucus’?

    12/19/2014 8:52:20 PM PST · 9 of 11
    Hostage to Pilsner

    Very true and a lot of powerful politicians have learned different means to ‘convince’ others including methods of coercion, threats and payoffs.

    What is refreshing about Cruz is he is a true believer who uses methods to convince based on positive principles and so easy for the public to grasp. This makes him credible and trustworthy. It’s a populist approach but it’s just what is needed for now.

  • Ted Cruz Wins the Ringside Political Championship for 2014

    12/19/2014 8:15:43 PM PST · 5 of 18
    Hostage to 2ndDivisionVet

    Love this article especially this part:

    “The U.S. Senate has never seen the likes of Ted Cruz. He does not play by the rules or the politics as usual game. Instead, Cruz acts independently, displays tremendous courage and a strong commitment to conservative values.”

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again and I’ll keep saying it as long as it’s necessary that ...



  • Will Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas jump from GOP leadership to the ‘Cruz caucus’?

    12/19/2014 8:09:15 PM PST · 3 of 11
    Hostage to 2ndDivisionVet

    It’s comical to see how Cruz has these guys slapping each other silly!

  • The Delayed-Reaction Victories of Ted Cruz: The Texas senator knows what he's doing.

    12/19/2014 8:06:11 PM PST · 4 of 9
    Hostage to 2ndDivisionVet

    Yes it was a failed attempt to castigate Cruz. GOPe Senators ended up having the whole effort boomerang back at them.

    As the article quotes Cruz’s spokeswoman, “of course Harry Reid was going to cram through everything he could in his last moments as majority leader”.

    The important thing is that Cruz picked up more GOP Senators in support of his motion than in years past. He is winning slowly but surely.

  • Supreme Court Denies Florida Gay Marriage Delay

    12/19/2014 5:07:16 PM PST · 9 of 20
    Hostage to Extremely Extreme Extremist; The Ghost of FReepers Past

    You are both right but need to go in sequence as Extremist has suggested. SCOTUS is indeed skirting this issue and trying to keep it out of the spotlight.

    Extremist’s suggestion is the correct one that should go first. Put SCOTUS on the hot seat and make them issue a clear ruling while Governors refuse to abide until SCOTUS addresses it thoroughly.

    Then, when as expected, Kennedy becomes the deciding vote in favor of perversion, and decides homosexuality is normalized for 350 million traditional Americans, then the states submit applications for an Article V proposed amendment to take these types of issues out of the control and purview of any federal government body.

    The amendment should follow what Ted Cruz has suggested and I believe his people are still working on, and that is that these matters are strictly under purview and jurisdiction by the states and that the 14th Amendment considerations are nullified except in regards to the original intents and meaning of that amendment.

    In this way, such an amendment can cover not only marriage but also other matters that progressives have twisted the 4th, 5th and 14th amendment to fit.

    Ted Cruz can do it so that it’s solid and will stand the test of time. He has the view of Constitutional history and framework, the experience and knowledge to draft a new amendment so that never again are Americans subjected to this type of perversion and lunacy.

    Transgender bathrooms be damned!

  • What’s Really Driving Saudi’s Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 2:54:26 PM PST · 38 of 43
    Hostage to thackney

    > “The percentage oil production by OPEC compared to the global market didn’t waver by a couple percentage points from those cheap prices to the >$140 prices of 2008.”

    Well as you are so fixated on nitpicking, I guess I can my own little nitpick.

    It wasn’t 2008 that oil peaked to 140. And it wasn’t 140 either.

    It was July 2007 when it peaked and it peaked at 145.

    Don’t you just love how this nitpick garbage enriches a thread on Saudi intentions? I bet you do!

    There’s a bunch more where you are lacking knowledge in the post you just made. But you’re done. There is nothing useful to come from this discussion and the only thing that is useful is the article linked to what Prince Alwaleed said about fracking in the USA.

    ***Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to “any oil-producing country in the world,” adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a “matter of survival.”***

  • Yet Another #TOLDYA: Commodities Giant Ceases ALL Gold Trading

    12/19/2014 2:25:30 PM PST · 16 of 34
    Hostage to Lurker

    Good for you, smart!

    A suggestion, read survival stories about Sarajevo. Bullets and firewood were worth more than gold in those extreme situations. Gold will still be valuable but never travel without bullets when you’re carrying gold. Same as Barnhardt’s Axiom #1 above.

  • What’s Really Driving Saudi’s Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 2:22:30 PM PST · 36 of 43
    Hostage to thackney

    > “Why don’t you cite the words in the article that you think support the claim of $20 for a decade?”

    The chart you posted in Post 24 has oil prices fluctuating between $12 and $25 between 1990 and 2000. The Saudis controlled the market then and they largely control it now.

    Their cost of getting oil out of the ground and their huge cash hoards around the world make them capable of repeating what happened between 1990 and 2000.

    What is your reading problem?

    Ok I get it. You’re not interested in any views that conflict with your own or of the garbage you pull off the internet.

    This linked article:

    discusses the real fear the Saudis have and not the false narrative of this garbage article that you posted.

    Here is the money quote made in January of this year 2014:

    ***Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to “any oil-producing country in the world,” adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a “matter of survival.”***

  • What’s Really Driving Saudi’s Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 2:04:41 PM PST · 34 of 43
    Hostage to thackney

    And look at the link in post 23 for your answer. Does that disagree with “every report you’ve found”?

    > “Nope. It gives no basis to the claim $20 for a decade. No support at all for the numbers you made up.”

    The link shows clearly that the Saudis are afraid of US Oil Production which demolishes the garbage article you posted.

    As far as the number “20”, you’re splitting hairs trying to make a frivolous point. The number could be 30, 25, 20, 19, 23, 31 etc. But of course your schtik is to divert attention to frivolous matters when you’ve called on the carpet about much bigger matters.

    Now read it again and compare it with your Rippelmeyer garbage:

  • What’s Really Driving Saudi’s Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 1:52:39 PM PST · 32 of 43
    Hostage to thackney

    That’s right, it’s not available to you and most everyone.

    But go on and pull garbage off the internet. That’s a real service! Not!

  • What’s Really Driving Saudi’s Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 1:51:32 PM PST · 31 of 43
    Hostage to thackney

    Look at the chart you pulled off the internet for 30 or 20 dollar oil in the 1990s. It’s all there.

    And look at the link in post 23 for your answer. Does that disagree with “every report you’ve found”?

    > “We disagree, as do every report I’ve found.”

    You don’t know much do you? You only know what internet reports feed you. I’ll bet you believe CNBC and CNN Money too.

    Here’s the post 23 link:

    Read it and tell us how it plays with the garbage you pull off the internet.

    Oh and BTW, that report Alwaleed in the link above, it was in numerous news outlets and on Euro Television. He got angry and made a mistake by showing his emotion and his real thinking. That can be fatal in the world of high stakes trade.

    Now read the above link and tell your thoughts here.

  • Yet Another #TOLDYA: Commodities Giant Ceases ALL Gold Trading

    12/19/2014 1:42:57 PM PST · 8 of 34
    Hostage to Lurker

    Yes but she is saying you may get a summons to defend against someone else saying you stole it or it was hot to begin with.

    See her Axiom #1.

    If I were you I would bury or hide along with any documents about it. If someone asks about it, be silent and look real dumb.

    Better yet go to a shrink soon and complain about amnesia or Alzheimer’s, tell him your memory is failing. Wear a bathrobe to the local grocer and look like you’re lost kind of like that Mafia Don did some years ago.

    Hope there’s no paper trail out there leading back at ya.

  • What’s Really Driving Saudi’s Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 1:18:44 PM PST · 27 of 43
    Hostage to thackney

    BS, Forbes is BS. I know directly from persons that worked in the first ring of security in direct day-to-day moment-to-moment operations in the presence of Principals.

    But go on and pull your news pieces off the internet and present them as Gospel.

    I bet you believe everything you hear on CNN too, and probably MSNBC.

  • What’s Really Driving Saudi’s Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 1:09:11 PM PST · 26 of 43
    Hostage to thackney

    Mine was a typo. 1980s should have read 1990s.

    By the time 2003 rolled around, the price was ascending and didn’t remain at 30 for very long.

    The point is the Saudis are fully capable of dropping $30, $25, $20 oil into Houston. And they can do it for a decade no sweat.

    Now maybe some are beginning to see why we need a floor at $35 to allow for our domestic producers to go up against the Saudis and survive.

    I firmly believe the narrative of this article is approved by those in the Saudi camp to make everyone think it’s all about Iran and Russia. Garbage!

    Saudis don’t want the world to think they are trying to demolish new production made possible by fracking. And I will bet that a lot of environmentalists are funded by groups that are taking it under the table from the Saudis because I know how those people are. And environmentalists are all out to stop fracking by any means possible. For example, Cuomo in New York.


    12/19/2014 1:00:15 PM PST · 97 of 98
    Hostage to moehoward

    I have my doubts about the Judge in the DC Circuit hearing the Arpaio motion. But I have high confidence in the Judge presiding over the Abbott (24+ State) lawsuit.

    And yes Judge Schwab who wrote the 30 page opinion ruling that Obama’s Executive Amnesty Action is unconstitutional greatly strengthens the Arpaio and 24+ State lawsuits and recent reports say that Judge Schwab’s opinion has already been amended to all motions and pleadings now before the Federal Courts.

    Additionally 27 Congress members and growing have filed amicus briefs to the 24+ State lawsuit.

    Momentum is indeed building.

    I should have more details later.

  • What’s Really Driving Saudi’s Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 12:50:54 PM PST · 23 of 43
    Hostage to KoRn; Sgt_Schultze
  • What’s Really Driving Saudi’s Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 12:48:12 PM PST · 22 of 43
    Hostage to KoRn; Sgt_Schultze
    There are a number of oil companies with strong balance sheets (i.e. Oxy, Chevron & ExxonMobil) that will be able to come in and pick off the firms on the cheap, relatively speaking. Subsequently, production will pick up, and a portion of the decline will be offset.

    BS as the writer neglects to address the economic advantage that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has over US domestics. Comparing the ease of producing oil in Saudi Arabia versus fracking in the Bakken is like comparing putting a straw in the ground to get oil flowing versus blasting through basalt to get at it. The break-even cost of producing in the USA is many-fold more costly than producing in KSA.

    Saudi Arabia could pretty much end new US domestic oil production by selling $3O oil into US markets. The last time $30 oil was seen in the US was in the 1980s. It can happen again, the Saudis can let it happen.

    No it’s not more government involvement in our capital market, directly. KSA is big man on the block in the MENA region and wants to maintain their status. US companies becoming the largest oil producer has the potential to alter that, but what would definitely change their status? It’s Iran acquiring nuclear capabilities. With oil prices low and continued sanctions, Iran will have difficulty meeting their social-economic responsibilities. Russia’s support of Iran has been well documented. Russia will find it very difficult to continue supporting Iran in their nuclear quest.

    Continued BS as the writer confuses cause and effect. The benefit of having Russia and Iran more disabled and less capable IS A CONSEQUENCE OF production decisions leading to lower oil prices. But the Saudis and their financial oil networks have been talking for years how to counter the fracking revolution. They have known for years they have the competitive economic advantage and therefore the power to curb new production by letting oil prices fall.

    If the Saudis had wanted to cripple Iran or punish Russia, they could have long ago increased production and caused a price war on those producers. It was only earlier this year that domestic oil was flooding US refineries everywhere and WTI started to fall that prompted KSA to let worldwide prices fall by not cutting production.

    Here's the reality from past years: Iran has had and still has formidable sanctions on its oil sales. It's been able to sneak oil to others and change ownership title names and Certificates of Origin but only in isolated cases. Compared to KSA production, Iran barely registers as a trickle although that can change as this administration continues to work towards lifting sanctions.

    Russian oil supply is notoriously corrupt. There is no rule of law in Russia and in their producing regions. Contracts are meaningless to them. Oil buyers can on occasion get large discounts on Russian crude but most every purchaser has the attitude of "Show Me" meaning bring it to Rotterdam, let me see it and test it and then we'll talk. In sum, Russian crude supply is not consistent and not reliable. But black market discounts have made some rogue traders very wealthy.

    Iraq has been largely controlled by the USA via JP Morgan Chase which is the force behind the Iraqi Central Bank. That is all changing but still pretty much in place. Iraqi oil is mostly presold and approved through its central bank as a proxy for JP Morgan.

    Kurdistan wants to sell Kirkuk oil but is in a fight with Baghdad about who approves. There are pipelines from Kurdistan to Turkey and there are terrorist supplied truck lines to Iran and then to Turkey. The flow of oil to Iran and Turkey by truck is barely detectable and insignificant to influencing oil prices globally. Each truck can haul about 200 barrels (less usually) and a daily caravan of hundred trucks would make about 20,000 bbls daily. Compare this to the hauling capacity of a Suezmax Tanker carrying 1,000,000 bbls.

    Venezuela is a basket case of corruption and risk.

    Mexico, forgeddaboudit, you'll lose all your investment unless you have a few narco terrorist friends and then you could lose more than your money.

    Nigeria, maximum corruption, rotten from top to bottom. The majors have their own loading terminals that they built on Bonny Island and lots and lots of security. And Nigeria has about half their oil wells under OPEC. There are opportunities for those that are not afraid of extreme high risk. Other parts of Africa such as Mozambique have oil but no infrastructure and no rule of law so investment dollars are at high risk.

    The long and short is Saudi Arabia and their neighbors in United Arab Emirates (UAE) which serves as the oil hub for all the Middle East oil producers with Dubai as the Hong Kong of the Middle East are the go-to-guys for European and USA buyers. The emergence of significant US domestic production is the greatest threat to KSA and they have said so repeatedly over the years ( Humbling and breaking Iran and Russia is a mere beneficial consequence of letting oil prices collapse. It is NOT the main factor in their decision making process.

    The writer of this garbage either has his/her head up their ass or his/her news outlet has been paid by Saudi originated funds to spread a false narrative. And yes the Saudis do engage in propaganda. They own and control either directly or through surrogates a lot of media.

    Let me give an idea of just how wealthy the Saudis are, all made possible by the USA and Europe. You know how Forbes Magazine is always publishing who are the top billionaires in the world? With Carlos Slim in Mexico as number 1 with about $70 Billion net worth? Complete utter BS. Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia alone is worth $27 Trillion of which half is gold and growing. The entire Saudi Royal Family and financial network could pay their own deficits and that of their Arab neighbors for generations. Falling oil prices doesn't phase them in the least. But don't let anyone get in their way of losing market share to US domestics. That has already started to happen and that is why they are letting oil free fall.

    Lastly, there is such an oil glut now in the USA that politicians are talking about allowing domestic oil to be exported. It is very possible in fact highly probably that Europeans would rush to place purchase orders for US crude and especially LNG. This would free them from Middle East influence and Russian influence. Saudis can't let that happen in their view.

  • Has America Finally Begun to Despise BOTH Parties?

    12/19/2014 9:21:53 AM PST · 10 of 57
    Hostage to Logical me

    The Republicans are not doing nothing!

    They are actively watching the other party destroy America! They are really focused on W A T C H I N G!

  • Has America Finally Begun to Despise BOTH Parties?

    12/19/2014 9:19:45 AM PST · 7 of 57
    Hostage to Sean_Anthony

    > “Has America Finally Begun to Despise BOTH Parties?”


  • Sixth Circuit: Mental Health Gun Ban Is Unconstitutional

    12/19/2014 9:02:45 AM PST · 19 of 38
    Hostage to Rusty0604

    Exactly. You got it. The chore is to make as many people as aware as possible of the distinction you just made.

  • Sixth Circuit: Mental Health Gun Ban Is Unconstitutional

    12/19/2014 8:54:07 AM PST · 16 of 38
    Hostage to TomGuy

    The fellow in this case had a ‘distant episode’ in 1986 related to a divorce. Apparently he’s in good health now and maybe his treatment years ago helped him to get healthy. So the judges were correct in that this was an overreach by government gun grabbers.

    However, there are some brain diseases that are clinically diagnosable by an MD Psychiatrist, not a licensed psychologist using a DSM IV manual (no disrespect intended to clinical psychologists but very few of you carry the weight, legal liability and responsibility that a fully board certified MD Psychiatrist does).

    One of the ***clinical*** brain diseases that are frequently involved in insane killings is Bipolar Disorder (BP) and I emphasize that it is a clinical disease similar and related to epilepsy where uncontrolled body movements take over in episodes of insanity. I emphasize this is a ***clinical*** diagnosable disease because many if us know someone who has frequent mood swings and perhaps related severe migraines which symptoms sometimes appear to be BP but are not. A person with BP loses all sense of themselves going into a coma like state or appearing to behave as a wild vicious animal with frothing at the mouth, constricted pupils that appear cold and dead-like often with unblinking eyelids and a glancing and staring upwards for many minutes.

    A person with BP who is in an episode of BP does not know who they are or where they are. The episodes can last from about 30 minutes to 2 hours and once over the BP person often has no memory of what happened in the episode. Often they are left sweating with clammy skin and often crying for help. Then they return to normal as if nothing happened while the people around then are left trembling and traumatized.

    When we read in the papers of a mass or inexplicable killing, odds are there is a person with BP involved. And the BP person often turns the gun on themselves because to them the pain is so severe that blowing one’s brains out is relief.

    These diseases are treatable but must be treated and diagnosed by a doctor. Doctors should have the power to institutionalize these patients for the purpose of treating and controlling these disorder. There are less severe forms of BP that do not require institutionalization. An example is Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones who suffers from BP II. She is aware of her condition and can feel when it’s coming on. She locks herself in her room and waits for it to pass. She has done a great service to make the public aware of the nature of these diseases.

    The danger to our rights with respect to gun control is that gun grabbers/disarmers will use the episodes of BP persons to justify a government overreach as if disarming the population will solve problems associated with such brain diseases.

    The doctors are in a bind because on the one hand they must respect the patient-doctor relationship and on the other hand they must be concerned for public safety. Gun grabbers are always urging doctors to report on all disclosed guns in the home or attitudes towards guns even for normal patients and children! This is wrong!

    One suggestion to these dilemmas is for awareness of the condition to be broadcast widely so that persons with the disease will seek treatment without suffering social stigma. Most persons with these degenerative brain diseases are very cooperative about getting treatment and society should not stigmatize them for getting help. Most such persons can live normal productive lives when under care of a doctor. A very few are so far gone that they must be institutionalized.

    If the disease progresses and the person is aware of its progression, they will know that they can be a danger to society and to themselves. They could be encouraged to sign voluntarily a waiver of their gun rights and to assign responsibility for decision making regarding their hospitalization or institutionalization.

    These diseases are the worst because during an episode the person you think you know and love is not there. They have literally lost it. Whereas with cancer or heart disease, we still have the person in our lives, we can make the journey with them holding their hand and they holding ours; not so with severe brain diseases.

    Be aware of this category of disease! Don’t let the gun grabbers generalize it to all of society to take away our unalienable Rights!

  • Where and when did this conservative vs establishment battle begin?

    12/19/2014 5:52:55 AM PST · 16 of 22
    Hostage to ProgressingAmerica

    Very informative history, well written with valuable links. Thanks for posting.

    What makes today different is the surge in Independent voter registrations. In 2012 Independents comprised 24% of the electorate. In 2014 they comprised 42%. That’s an enormous increase and today they make all the difference. Who owns them? No one.

    There’s a tendency for democrats and republicans to think Independents are somehow in the mushy middle, that they are moderates. This is wrong.

    Who will Independents follow? In my analysis 2/3’s of them will follow Ted Cruz.

    Ted Cruz with 2/3’s of the Independents, all of the Republican Conservatives, the Blue Collar Perot Demographic, the Reagan Democrats and half of the Latino-American vote will win by 58% to 60%.

  • Durbin's advice to GOP: Get Sen. Ted Cruz under control

    12/18/2014 7:44:10 PM PST · 28 of 75
    Hostage to ilgipper


  • Young immigrants allowed to get driver’s licenses

    12/18/2014 4:37:16 PM PST · 9 of 38
    Hostage to Olog-hai

    Young ‘immigrants’?

  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio to halt squad known for workplace raids

    12/18/2014 3:21:48 PM PST · 2 of 3
    Hostage to Citizen Zed

    Workplace raids have been conducted going all the way back to at least Eisenhower.

  • The More, the Merrier for the GOP in 2016

    12/18/2014 3:19:59 PM PST · 5 of 13
    Hostage to 2ndDivisionVet

    Blech %^%**#$^...


    12/18/2014 3:15:14 PM PST · 68 of 98
    Hostage to 4Zoltan

    I am not speculating anything. And I agree that this judge could dismiss. Thank you for the information you added to the thread.

    I had reservations about Arpaio’s standing meaning that there is irreparable harm. But looking through Klayman’s motion and accompanying lawsuit, there is irreparable harm brought on by this Executive Action. In fact, there is irreparable harm brought to every County in the USA.

    There is no doubt to any reasonably thinking person that this Executive Action of Obama’s will indeed encourage more violation of the border. That’s the harm and it’s irreparable because the County and the State have no power to do anything about it except to minimize the damage caused by it. The whole purpose of a preliminary injunction is to stop possible irreparable harm before it happens and then to argue later that it is indeed harm and indeed irreparable. In other words, the Judge need not have solid proof or evidence of the harm, but only the plausible possibility of the harm because the order requested is only temporary. This Judge knows that. The idea is to preserve the status quo.

    This Judge knows that Obama’s action does not preserve the status quo and this Judge knows that if the status quo is not preserved, then there will be crimes, violence and substantial costs to law enforcement and to communities if illegal aliens are allowed to overrun the County and the State. The Judge knows this.

    But the Judge may not care for Arpaio and seek instead to curry favor with Obama’s lawyers, but maybe not because Obama is on his way out and a new administration may remember what this Judge did. So we will just have to wait and see.

    I have reservations about this Judge because it is reported that this Judge had once been a lead counsel for a notoriously liberal politician, so there’s no telling what this Judge will do.

    In any event, one strength of this motion going forward is that the lead counsel for the plaintiff is very experienced with DC Courts and has been very successful with difficult legal proceedings in those courts. I imagine an appeal has already been prepared and is just waiting for the Judge’s denial of the motion.

    There is the 24-State lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of Texas. The number of states that are joining that lawsuit is growing. It will be very difficult for a federal judge to dismiss that number of states based on no standing meaning no harm. That lawsuit is also filed in the Southern District of Texas where they have a different view than those held in DC.

  • Ted Cruz’s 2016 plan is somehow both smart and really dumb

    12/18/2014 2:33:14 PM PST · 8 of 23
    Hostage to 2ndDivisionVet

    It was pretty pathetic how they all tried to push the line about Ted being at fault for those judicial appointments. That was a real stretch and revealed they are emptyheaded out of ideas of what to do about Ted. They can’t do much as he is far too smart for them.

  • Ted Cruz’s 2016 plan is somehow both smart and really dumb

    12/18/2014 2:30:21 PM PST · 7 of 23
    Hostage to Greetings_Puny_Humans

    Cubans in Miami would agree with you.

    And for white folks, to see white trash fawn over Hillary Clinton and Fauxcahontas is so embarrassing as to make one want to scream.

    Don’t worry, Ted will take at least half the Latino vote in 2016 because the bottomline is his father is a class-act Latino and that appeals to a large segment of Latino-American voters.

  • Ted Cruz’s 2016 plan is somehow both smart and really dumb

    12/18/2014 2:16:17 PM PST · 2 of 23
    Hostage to 2ndDivisionVet

    Downie, Rubin and Tobin got their marching orders.

  • Boehner’s Head Fake

    12/18/2014 12:05:24 PM PST · 16 of 16
    Hostage to ConservingFreedom

    It’s true that millions of conservatives opted not to vote for President in 2012 but it wasn’t 4 million, it was 6 million.

    Michael Barone and other post-election analysts zeroed in on the cause of Romney’s failure to pull a victory and it was laid on the blue collar conservative Perot demographic as well as Reagan Democrats. That conservative demographic never votes republican or democrat, they vote conservative.

    In the post-election analysis, the analysts were trying to understand what went wrong in the projections of a Romney win. Pollsters had projected the blue collar conservative demographic as voting for Romney in a protest vote against Obama. But it didn’t happen that way; they voted for neither.

    But we can take heart because those blue collar conservatives will be voting en masse for Ted Cruz. But the democrat party knows this and this is one reason why they are pushing so hard for illegal amnesty.

  • More States Join Lawsuit against Obama's Immigration Order

    12/18/2014 11:21:53 AM PST · 80 of 80
    Hostage to Hostage; DestroyLiberalism

    Oh, and of course the US Marshals are not going to be arresting or serving summons on Obama or his White House. They will be serving such on federal employees and on federal contractors.

    The fact is that Obama cannot carry out his executive actions without people. If those people are stopped by a federal court order, then Obama is effectively stopped.

  • More States Join Lawsuit against Obama's Immigration Order

    12/18/2014 11:19:22 AM PST · 79 of 80
    Hostage to DestroyLiberalism

    Justice department is not in the loop at all.

    US Marshals assigned to Judge’s Court carry out enforcement for Courts.

    The Federal Judiciary is completely independent in all its operations save for one reliance written into the Constitution which is ultimately a question of budget that comes from Congress.

    So there is no need to be concerned that a Judge will not be equipped to carry out justice.

    The wildcard in all of this, if one is inclined to look for such things, is the question of whether the DC Judge will follow the law or not. The DC Judge assigned to this case has a pre-judgeship background that is a cause for concern but maybe not. No one really knows. The concern is that this Judge is reported to have been at one time a lead counsel for Patrick Leahy, the notorious liberal politician. But that doesn’t mean much if a Judge has a reputation for following the law. If this Judge follows the law next week, then Obama’s people and contractors are stopped. If this Judge does not follow the law but instead twists Obama’s narrative to fit a political goal, then Klayman I am sure has prepared an immediate appeal, at least I hope so.

    Two things that are positive but not really meaningful because ultimately it’s a toss of the coin, are that the Judge assigned to this case did in fact grant over Obama’s lawyer’s objections, plaintiff’s request for fast track which is why the hearing is to be held this coming Monday.

    The second thing is that Klayman who is the lead plaintiff counsel, is experienced and successful in DC Courts.

    But again we can all be surprised so I am not raising my expectations. I will just watch the play by play.


    12/18/2014 8:20:56 AM PST · 110 of 113
    Hostage to gogeo

    Yada Yada Yada, Your post is without any information that agrees with the reports from the financial press and with reports from real players in the oil trade.

    OPEC has met in meetings and has been led by the Saudis to agree to not cut production. Those decisions precipitated a fall in the price of oil and the lower price of oil has already driven some drillers out of business and forced pipeline projects to be cancelled, all this backed by reports in the financial press and in the field; end of discussion.

  • GOP establishment should fear a Cruz run (Must read)

    12/18/2014 8:12:21 AM PST · 52 of 64
    Hostage to 2ndDivisionVet

    > “If every conservative in this country donated just $100, the problem would be solved.”

    They can, they must and I believe they will.

  • GOP establishment should fear a Cruz run (Must read)

  • GOP establishment should fear a Cruz run (Must read)

    12/18/2014 8:02:36 AM PST · 49 of 64
    Hostage to Reagan Disciple
    Cruz it or lose it!

    Ha Ha! Love it!

  • A Downhill Run for the Dollar in 2015

    12/18/2014 7:50:51 AM PST · 5 of 16
    Hostage to oblomov

    > “Against what?”

    Yeah really. It’s a race to the bottom.


    12/18/2014 7:43:06 AM PST · 108 of 113
    Hostage to gogeo

    They refused to cut production which resulted in oil prices collapsing. It wasn’t but a few months ago that Brent Crude was priced at $109.

    If you’ve been following Prince Alwaleed’s comments in the financial media for the past few years, you would know that he’s angry and upset about the emerging US oil production that has seen WTI fall from $95 to $55 and flood the US Market with domestic production. At one point Alwaleed said that US Fracking posed a fatal threat to the Saudi Kingdom.

    You can take it to the bank that the Saudis and their OPEC followers are going to pull out all stops to drive the emerging US domestic oil production out of business.

    It costs on average $35 to produce oil in the US; that’s the average break-even price. It costs the Saudis far less. They have the competitive advantage. We can level the playing field and save American jobs and industry by putting a price floor on imports so that domestic producers won’t be put out of business in a price war waged by the Saudis. $35 oil is still great for Americans and still allows the Saudis to sell into US oil markets.

  • Coalition of Wisconsin business owners opposes right-to-work plan

    12/18/2014 7:26:39 AM PST · 8 of 20
    Hostage to TurboZamboni

    > “The coalition does not list any unions among its members ... “

    I smell bullsh*t.


    12/18/2014 7:23:20 AM PST · 102 of 113
    Hostage to thackney

    Once again you’re present a false face which is not surprising as it permeates all of what you do.


    12/18/2014 7:22:24 AM PST · 101 of 113
    Hostage to gogeo

    Opposing protections for American jobs is the libertarian view which doesn’t work.

    Embracing the conservative view to protect American jobs always works.

    You can stop shaking your head now unless you want to see the Saudis continue to lower the price of oil in order to demolish US oil producers.


    12/18/2014 6:37:31 AM PST · 95 of 113
    Hostage to thackney

    There are no ‘personal attacks’ in my posts. I said you don’t make the grade, that is an observation of fact, not a personal attack. But it is revealing and completely predictable that you would consider observations of fact as ‘personal attacks’. Because that is the problem right there, you don’t learn.


    12/18/2014 6:19:02 AM PST · 93 of 113
    Hostage to thackney

    Take your kookery and your false well wishes to someone else, not me.

    Anyone can post headlines from news about oil. You’re just not qualified to be the messenger because your commentary is shallow and flawed; it doesn’t cut the mustard.

    It’s like this. When someone speaks a language fluently and they see someone else who is not fluent try to pass themselves off as fluent, it is obvious to the fluent person that the unfluent person is a charlatan.

    When it comes to the oil trade, its economics, the geo-politics of oil, you’re not major league material. You don’t make the grade. The problem is you don’t realize that.

  • GOP establishment should fear a Cruz run (Must read)

    12/18/2014 6:09:11 AM PST · 35 of 64
    Hostage to Menthops

    Ted Cruz will win the Independents by a large margin but he may also win the GOP nomination although I have reservations.

    First, the GOPe is going to purchase every skewed poll imaginable that shows their guy ahead with Cruz trailing significantly. Second, the RNC is going to use its primary rules to select the GOPe candidate in any way it can.

    The only way Cruz gets to the top of the GOP ticket (not the GOPe or RNC ticket) is if massive amounts of GOP registered voters turn out in primaries for him but remember the RNC controls those primaries so it’s going to take a mutiny if not a tidal wave to get the RNC’s attention.

    Credible polls of the now largest voting block which is the Independent voting block will boost Cruz’ image because the liberal media, the New York media, the Beltway talking heads know the Independents don’t listen to them; that’s why they are independent.

    The reason the syndicated media don’t talk much about the huge surge in Independent voter registrations, now 42% of the electorate is because they don’t know how to weave a story around it. Most talking heads and lame reporters are mediocre and resort to casting news as soap opera gossip (she said this and he said that) bring the same tired names to the headlines day after day. The fact that Independents now comprise 42% of the electorate is material they can’t get their empty skulls around except to project the lie that “Independents favor moderates”.


    12/18/2014 5:44:09 AM PST · 89 of 113
    Hostage to thackney

    Anybody can go linking about the internet and find those things. It is not for you to lecture anyone about them let alone me. You are not qualified to lecture anyone.