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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Glenn Beck on ‘Red-Handed': Joe Biden ‘Is Compromised on Almost Every Front' with China
[Breitbart] Glenn Beck said on Wednesday’s edition of his eponymous radio program that Peter Schweizer’s latest book, Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win, reveals how President Joe Biden "is compromised on almost every front" with respect to his family’s financial ties to China and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Beck interviewed Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and host of the Drill Down podcast, about some of the book’s revelations. He contrasted false left-wing news media and Democrat narratives of former President Donald Trump’s "compromise" by the Russian government with the Biden family’s dealings with China. Beck said:
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/28/2022 02:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [73 views] Top|| File under: Commies


-Great Cultural Revolution
Amy Schneider's Winning Streak Ended After Being Asked To Name The Gender That Has Two X Chromosomes
[Babylon Bee] Trans woman Amy Schneider's winning streak on Jeopardy has ended. Despite holding the record for Jeopardy’s highest-earning female contestant ever, Schneider was defeated after being confounded by the clue, ’this gender has two X chromosomes.'

"I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the category of ’Grade School Biology’," said Schneider. "I avoided the category until the very end, as basic biology has never been my strong suit."

Many in the audience saw the disaster coming a mile ahead. "What was Amy thinking betting so much in Final Jeopardy under that category?" said Daniele Dacus, a fan of Amy’s. "You never bet that high on such a complicated, theoretical subject, where so little of that field is understood."

Sources claim that the host even gave a clue that ’this is one of 2 genders’, but Amy still did not get the question correct. Amy started to answer the question by writing, "What is different and unique to each person based upon how they identify, because gender is a complex subject with no definitive answ—." but ran out of room. Consequently, Rhone Talsma was declared the winner by writing "What is Female?"

At publishing time, Rhone Talsma has been asked to renounce his win or else be labeled a transphobic bigot for the rest of his life.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/28/2022 12:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bwahahahaha, dang good.

See ya Gary.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/28/2022 14:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Ah, the curse of the Y chromosone strikes again!
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/28/2022 14:17 Comments || Top||


Robin Burk: It's An Unravelling, Not A Reset
[AmericanGreatness] The hubris of our transnational “elites” isn’t remaking the world—it’s unraveling it faster and faster.

Posted by: Alistaire Clunk8424 || 01/28/2022 08:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Play's right into Michael Yon's Pandemic-Famine-War theory.

Posted by: Bobby || 01/28/2022 9:23 Comments || Top||

#2  The author of the article was for some years a frequent contributor to the 'Burg, and for all I know may check in occasionally. A plankholder, and good people.
Posted by: Matt || 01/28/2022 9:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe ask AOC - who wants to stop oil and gas production - why she wants people to starve...
Posted by: Warthog || 01/28/2022 10:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Ms Burk is always thoughtful and deeply informed. I find her writing rewards close attention.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/28/2022 11:06 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
VDH - Why Putin Has Not Been Deterred
[Epoch Times] Most Americans oppose the notion that Russia can simply dictate the future of Ukraine.

Yet Americans also grudgingly accept that Ukraine was often historically part of Russia. During World War II, it was the bloody scene of joint Russian-Ukrainian sacrifices—over 5 million killed—to defeat the Nazi German invasion.

Americans publicly support NATO.

Yet most Americas privately worry that NATO has become diplomatically impotent and a military mirage—a modern League of Nations.

The second-largest NATO member, Turkey, is closer to Russia than to the United States. Its people poll anti-American.

Germany is NATO’s richest European member and the power behind the European Union. Yet Germany will soon be dependent on imported Russian natural gas for much of its energy needs.

In a recent Pew Research Center poll, 70 percent of Germans voiced a desire for more cooperation with Russia. Most Americans poll the exact opposite.

Worse, 60 percent of Germans oppose going to the aid of any NATO country in time of war. Over 70 percent of Germans term their relationship with the United States as "bad."

We can translate all these disturbing results in the following manner: The German and Turkish people like or trust Russia more than they do their own NATO patron, America.

With Putin’s nemesis, Trump, gone, Russia assumes the appeasement years of the Obama-Biden administration are back again. As in 2014, once more Putin is moving against his neighbors.

Finally, there is the unfortunate role of recent Ukrainian government officials. Some were deeply involved in greenlighting the Biden family grifting and profiteering to ensure massive American foreign aid.

Some Ukrainian expatriates and current government members worked with the American Left to ensure the first impeachment of Trump.

Now Ukrainians are exasperated that their prior intrusions into domestic American politics have backfired with the disastrous Biden presidency—and his apparent de facto acceptance of an inevitable Russian annexation.

Where does this entire mess leave America?
Posted by: Bobby || 01/28/2022 08:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I got the nifty photos in, but it should be VDH, not BDH. Sorry.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/28/2022 8:41 Comments || Top||

#2  So my prediction is simple. Iran will go after the UAE in open warfare. Saudi will not fight and we will have to help defend them. This will be the distraction Putin needs to invade and we will be so focused on helping the UAE that the Ukraine falls.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/28/2022 9:26 Comments || Top||

#3  NATO is finished. In the early-mid 1990s, after NATO's reason for existence vanished, the saying was, "NATO must go out of area -- or go out of business." Hence NATO's involvement in the disastrous Afghan War.

Now that war is behind us, and NATO is incapable of responding in a coherent way in its own area. Germany and Turkey are closer to Russia than to us. What is the justification for preserving NATO now?

If we could reach a security agreement with Russia, we wouldn't be subject to Turkish blackmail. We could actually contain China. We might even bring an end to the Syrian mess and finally destroy ISIS.

But Hunter and The Big Guy would need to go back to selling daubings to fund their habits.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/28/2022 9:52 Comments || Top||

#4  With the best will in the world from our side, I don’t see Russia ever viewing America as anything other than a rival or a patsy. At the moment they’re playing us as a patsy.

But yes, NATO needs to be finished. How much longer the EU continues is a separate question.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/28/2022 10:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Lots of iron rice bowls will have to be smashed to make that happen.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/28/2022 11:09 Comments || Top||

#6  The Russians have played us for patsies since Lenin

Our in-house fifth columnists have a blind spot about their role as useful idiots

Iran attacks the UAE and then Putin goes off on the Ukraine

That’s China’s cue to invade Taiwan

Our sissified military can barely fight one was at a time
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/28/2022 13:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Biden administration sure is beating the drums of war.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/28/2022 22:57 Comments || Top||


How did they argue about jazz in the USSR? All power is in Pravda!
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] Dedicated to the 100th anniversary of jazz in the USSR.

Do you know that in 1936 a big dispute about jazz broke out between the newspapers Pravda and Izvestia, and Izvestia opposed jazz, while Pravda supported jazz?

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Posted by: badanov || 01/28/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [61 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
The Battle of Lanzerath Ridge - How 18 American Soldiers Stopped the Entire 1st SS Panzer Division
Posted by: badanov || 01/28/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division (18 men);
Forward Observation Team, Battery C, 371st Field Artillery (4 men)

The Battle of Lanzerath Ridge was fought on December 16, 1944, the first day of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, near the village of Lanzerath, Belgium, along the key route for the German advance on the northern shoulder of the operation. The American force consisted of two squads totalling 18 men belonging to a reconnaissance platoon and four forward artillery observers, against a German battalion of about 500 paratroopers. During a day-long confrontation, the American defenders inflicted dozens of casualties on the Germans and delayed by almost 20 hours the advance of the entire 1st SS Panzer Division, the spearhead of the German 6th Panzer Army.

Germans?
16 killed
63 wounded
13 missing[1]: 87 
96 casualties
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The good guys
On October 26, 1981, after considerable lobbying and letter-writing by Bouck, the men of the unit were finally decorated. Fourteen of the 18 were present at the ceremony hosted by Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh. Every man was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. Four received the Distinguished Service Cross, five the Silver Star, and nine got the Bronze Star with V device for their 10-hour struggle against a 500-man strong German battalion.[12]

All members of the platoon who received individual awards also received the Presidential Unit Citation. Platoon members and the citations they received were:[3][29]

First Lt. Lyle J. Bouck Jr. (DSC) °
Tech. Sgt. William L. Slape (DSC)
Pfc. William James Tsakanikas (DSC)
Pfc. Risto "Milo" Milosevich (DSC)
Pvt. Robert D. Adams (Bronze Star with V device for heroism)
Pvt. Robert D. Baasch (Bronze Star with V device for heroism)
Sgt. William D. Dustman (Bronze Star with V device for heroism)
Pvt. Clifford R. Fansher (Bronze Star with V device for heroism)
T/3 James Fort (Bronze Star with V device for heroism)
Cpl. Samuel L. Jenkins (Bronze Star with V device for heroism)
Pvt. Joseph A. McConnell (Bronze Star with V device for heroism)
Cpl. Robert H. "Mop" Preston (Bronze Star with V device for heroism)
Sgt. George H. "Pappy" Redmond (Bronze Star with V device for heroism)
Pvt. John B. Creger (Silver Star)
Pvt. Louis J. Kalil (Silver Star)
Cpl. Aubrey P. "Schnoz" McGeehee (Silver Star)
Pfc. Jordan H. "Pop" Robinson (Silver Star)
Pvt. James R. "Sil" Silvola (Silver Star)
PFC Carlos A. Fernandez (Presidential Unit Citation)
PFC John P. Frankovitch (Presidential Unit Citation)
T/5 Robert L. Lambert (Presidential Unit Citation)
Pvt. Vernon G. Leopold (Presidential Unit Citation)
PFC Elmer J. Nowacki (Presidential Unit Citation)
Pvt. Samuel J. Oakley (Presidential Unit Citation)
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/28/2022 2:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Extremely difficult time in history. Black forest was difficult terrain and weather brutal. Magnificent efforts of like minded men.
Posted by: Dale || 01/28/2022 6:46 Comments || Top||

#3  I imagine the FOT played a large part.....
Posted by: Pliny Cleretch2093 || 01/28/2022 8:54 Comments || Top||

#4  And they did this at great personal peril.

A from-birth super power of the USA has been the ability of its citizens to leverage assets and use them with beneficial ingenuity.

I hope this has not been lost.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 01/28/2022 21:35 Comments || Top||


Government Corruption
‘The Global Elite Don't Care About Temperature, All They Care About Is Control’
[ZERO] This week, my kind friend George Gammon from Rebel Capitalist took the time to answer a couple of exclusive Fringe Finance questions for me. This interview is exclusive to Fringe Finance subscribers.

If you haven’t yet subscribed and want to view this interview, here’s a 22% off coupon that applies for life, to become a subscriber.

George is one of my favorite economic commentators and has been a friend of mine, and my podcast, for years. I often describe his podcast as similar to mine, just more well thought out, more educational and more useful with less childish humor.

I thought it would be a good time to tap into George’s head, given that the last time I spoke to George was well before the current market volatility.

George prepared two, twenty minute-long exclusive videos for my listeners and subscribers where he set out to try and answer the following questions I had asked of him:
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/28/2022 03:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Congrats. Now what are you going to do about that little fact?
Posted by: Nguard || 01/28/2022 7:49 Comments || Top||


The U.S. Really, Really Wants Russia to Invade Ukraine, Here's Why
[ColinSims] On January 19th, President Biden held a press conference where he supposedly made another "gaffe" in response to a question about how the U.S. would respond to a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Biden said, "I think what you're going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades. And it depends on what it does. It's one thing if it's a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do."

Many observers—particularly in the media—have interpreted Biden’s statement to mean that Russia will face less severe sanctions if it only invades Ukraine a little bit. Countless headlines the next day looked like this one from Newsweek.

However, it is possible that Biden’s "gaffe," for which "top officials" needed to conduct damage control, wasn’t a gaffe at all, but instead part of a calculated effort to goad Russia into Ukraine. I understand that might sound like a preposterous statement initially, but within the wider context of geopolitics, it actually makes sense. So, let us consider some of the global realities that are seldom discussed.
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Posted by: Omomolet Phutch9064 || 01/28/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [582 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Interesting theory, possibly over-analyzed. Suggests a rare level of beltway strategic, long-term financial thinking.

More likely attributed to little more than gross stupidity or diversion from a poor domestic agenda, or a combination of the two. We should know soon.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/28/2022 2:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Yet another theory from ZERO:

Maté: The Ukraine Crisis, Sponsored By US Hegemony And War Profiteers

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/28/2022 3:11 Comments || Top||

#3  "Let's not be blind. If Russia initiates a scenario of any kind it will also initiate action against Nato members."

Huh? Why would they do that?
For what tangible benefit, as part of what coherent or consistent strategy?
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/28/2022 3:30 Comments || Top||

#4  The righteous! Some honor Miss Sendler,
And some are more fond of Herr Schindler,
Adopting, 'twould seem,
His original dream
Of becoming a pretty fair swindler.
Posted by: Unaimble the Wide1778 || 01/28/2022 6:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Putin is playing a game of chess here and Biden is throwing darts at the wall. The only reason this is happening is Biden needs to divert attention from his many failures. Should he poke the bear too much he will squander any possible successful outcome. Then we have the Chinese at our border with Canada and Russia at our border in Mexico. Plus the invasion of single men imported for what cause?. Then our forces weakened in so many ways domestically. Our forces now are changing bed pans and adult diapers. I can hear it now, that's not what I signed up for.
Posted by: Dale || 01/28/2022 7:02 Comments || Top||

#6  With regard to the Bidet administration foreign policy, Robert Heinlien comes to mind: “Never attribute to malice that which could more easily e attributed to stupidity “
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/28/2022 7:30 Comments || Top||

#7  people realized they could make more money by manipulating financial markets than they could by building stuff.

Like this guy Paul Singer, as reported at Rantburg.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/28/2022 9:17 Comments || Top||

#8  We've all seen this movie before ...

Posted by: Warthog || 01/28/2022 10:27 Comments || Top||

#9  "Let's not be blind. If Russia initiates a scenario of any kind it will also initiate action against Nato members."

Action against NATO members does not have to mean direct attacks. Between bought politicians, rent-a-mobs, and cyber-attacks they could cause a lot of delays and confusion while maintaining a bit of deniability.
Posted by: ruprecht || 01/28/2022 10:43 Comments || Top||

#10  Action against NATO members does not have to mean direct attacks.

Russian action against NATO goes back to ANTIFA vs Nazis brawling in the streets of Weimar Germany, and continued as a subornation project as soon as NATO was being negotiated post-war.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/28/2022 11:11 Comments || Top||

#11  the united states wants u frasier crane so they can dig a canal big enough for their corporate lng tanker butt buddies to supply europe cheaper than russia can! hell out west they pay me to take natural gas that is why they want frasier u crane duh!
Posted by: Greng Black3494 || 01/28/2022 12:17 Comments || Top||

#12  I'm still betting on Putin being smarter than #FJB, or even any of the evil little people who are pulling #FJBs strings. I still don't believe that Russia will invade.

Oh, and those 7,000 Russian nukes? If Biden and his handlers were smart they'd do everything they could to help Russia so those weapons don't fall into the hands of Chinamen or, worse, Muslims.

Further, after some of Biden's recent gaffes, Zelensky might be thinking he could cut Biden out of the loop and make a better deal with Putin.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/28/2022 13:20 Comments || Top||

#13  If Putin were serious about invading he would have done so a year ago, in a lightning strike, when no one was expecting it. Unlike Pres. Magoo, Putin doesn't telegraph his moves in advance.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/28/2022 13:52 Comments || Top||

#14  "Many observers—particularly in the media—have interpreted Biden’s statement to mean that Russia will face less severe sanctions if it only invades Ukraine a little bit."

I recall hearing something in my youth about "just the tip."

If I don't get 'nuked or eaten by my neighbors, I'll have something to be amazed of for awhile.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 01/28/2022 20:19 Comments || Top||

#15  OTOH, Ukraine's President Zelensky does NOT think an invasion is imminent -- and told Pres. Magoo so yesterday.

CNN, quoting an unnamed senior Ukrainian official, reports that "the [80-minute] call did not go well... amid disagreements over 'the risk levels.' "

Apparently Magoo-Quixote has convinced himself that the windmills are about to attack -- even though level-headed Sancho Zelensky points out that, well, it's not that simple.

Who shall save the fair Ladonza?
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/28/2022 22:07 Comments || Top||



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Thu 2022-01-27
  SDF declare victory in week-long ISIS stand off in northeast Syrian prison, 181 dead thus far
Wed 2022-01-26
  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Announces Retirement
Tue 2022-01-25
  Over 120 Killed After ISIS Mass Prison Break In US-Occupied Northeast Syri, 140+ as of Monday
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