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24 July 2019

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Fred

catherine,

Soybeans aren't the only thing that can be grown and having only one customer is always a pretty risky position to be in; though it does distract nicely from the Mueller "Fusion GPS, what's that?" line of answers he gave yesterday.

Fred

Col.,

"At the same time europe is stumbling along like Mueller at his hearing."
Yes, as exemplified by Ford of Europe cutting 12,000 jobs and closing six plants. That's a major disaster for European employment. I'm sure the new EU President can repeat the 'immigration is our strength' line a few times times but I doubt she be able to persuade voters like she is able to persuade the press.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/27/ford-cutting-another-12000-european-jobs-as-restructuring-continues.html

CK

You can indeed charge, but if you cannot convict then lack of provable guilt wins.

CK

The USA is currently the Earth's most important nation. Every other nation on earth has an interest in who will be the next leader of the USA. A list of ten nations that interfered in the last presidential election is easily made: Mexico, Canada, The UK, Japan, PRC, Nationalist China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Israel,
France. If the topic to be investigated is interference in US Presidential politics, the field is broad and full of bouncing Bettys, if the topic is the reversal of an election outcome the field is narrower and only requires a few crooked cops and lawyers.

John Minehan

I think the efforts at regulatory "right-sizing" have had a bigger impact than the tax cuts (not they are bad,, but could have been better), but that is anecdotal.

I thought Obama was an honest and decent man but I think it is now **VERY** apparent that some kind of tax reduction and a concerted effort to "right size" regulations would have been more useful in 2009 than "Stimulus Spending," "Cash for Clunkers," or "PPACA."

Flavius

Mueller.
A good friend of mine grew up on a farm in the Mid-West. When he was a young boy, his uncle rode up to the house on a tractor. He yelled to my friend that he had just run over his dog. My friend started to cry and said "where is he"? His uncle said "back along the road. I threw him in the ditch". My friend said he ran crying back along the road to find his dog where he was lying in the ditch to bring him home. My friend buried him behind the house.
Yesterday we find that Bob Mueller was a mere figurehead. He had little idea of the patch quilt case he had been given to defend with his reputation and he got run over by the tractor. None of it ever should have happened.
His boys will leave him there in the ditch, wanna bet.

casey

Fred:

Yes, is it just me or do the EU and NATO both look like roadkill floating in a vat of embalming fluid that is leaking? No wonder German manufacturers told Merkel to get Nord2 done, and that right quick. I had thought the EU and NATO would make it to 2023-24, but I think the vat is leaking faster than that.

And I know Boris is "captured," as they say, but bring Williamson back? Maybe Boris should change his name to Yeltsin.

Artemesia

Perhaps the New Yorker piece on John Bolton has been mentioned already on SST; if so, apologies.

re:

"I don't expect him to go a way of laws. Rather he'll likely call out a few more urgent national emergencies to be able to contiunue solo without having to talk with, say, the parliament or his ministers."

the New Yorker wrote of Bolton:
""Both Bolton and Trump are dismissive of the international architecture of treaties and alliances . . . Bolton’s unilateralist approach permeates the N.S.C. “ ‘The post-World War Two rules-based global order’?” a Bolton staffer said to me. “What does that mean?” "

Curiously, this posture would seem to put Bolton at odds with neoconservatives exemplified by the Kagan boys who castigate Iran and Russia for their attempts to subvert the "international order."

Fred

Flavius,

He isn't Old Yeller about to be put out of our misery. He has been well compensated in fulfilling at least one of his purposes - hamstringing the current administration. Lots of others face some big problems, starting with Comey, Brennan and Clapper.

Cpm

Speaking of Abishag:

The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag
Was once the beauty Abishag,

The picture pride of Hollywood.
Too many fall from great and good
For you to doubt the likelihood.

Die early and avoid the fate.
Or if predestined to die late,
Make up your mind to die in state.

Make the whole stock exchange your own!
If need be occupy a throne,
Where nobody can call you crone.

Some have relied on what they knew,
Others on being simply true.
What worked for them might work for you.

No memory of having starred
Atones for later disregard
Or keeps the end from being hard.

Better to go down dignified
With boughten friendship at your side
Than none at all. Provide, provide!

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