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01 August 2019

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catherine

Rumor is that Jeff Zucker of CNN is trying to advance Harris. Supposedly she is Zucker's personal choice for 2020. If true look for all the minions on CNN to dutifully back her without question.

Eric Newhill

Smoke,
I don't know about that. The current crop of dem candidates has no problem declaring Obama era policies as evil. They think the ACA (Obamacare) is garbage and want to replace it. They hate his immigration policy. Why not add his foreign policy to growing list of evils?

Keith Harbaugh

I'm no expert on the ME, but from what I do know I strongly suspect PL and TTG are absolutely right in their analysis of what is going on there.
In extreme contrast, there is this op-ed:
“Tulsi Gabbard’s Syria record shows why she can’t be president” by Josh Rogin, WaPo columnist, 2019-08-01
I wonder if PL and TTG would care to analyze that specific column and point out its flaws.
They give excellent, IMO, general analysis of the ME situations, but it would be helpful, again IMO, for them to analyze at least some specific MSM commentary.

Also, BTW, considering the comment of the antifa "Kilroy" in the antifa post, might I point out that Rogin is Jewish?
Is pointing that out anti-Semitic?

turcopolier

Keith Harbaugh

i have written many, many times why the US policy of regime change in Syria is idiotic. IF TTG wishes to expand ...

The Twisted Genius

Keith, I've also written many times in posts and comments about the US regime change policy in Syria and our providing material support to terrorists in pursuit of this policy. The Saudis, Israelis and others are our accomplices. Rogin is just as bad in supporting this policy and its terrorist allies. His scolding of Gabbard is worthless shit talking of a partisan hack. She doesn't want us involved in unnecessary and immoral wars and sees no reason to antagonize others like Russia. She's not a Putin puppet or Assad apologist. She's a realist who knows war is an abomination. I agree with her 100% in this.

Terry

"The Wire" - the ultimate documentary on Baltimore.

Terry

The first flaw I see is "Josh Rogin".

JP Billen

Jimmy Carter talked to Assad also. He got ripped by AIPAC.

J

Seems that the FBI views our fellow Americans as domestic terrorists just because they dare to question the official narrative, dare to say that portions of our Government maybe corrupt. Is the FBI afraid of the American Citizenry? Would appear so, they're afraid of those whom they have sworn to serve, protect, and defend.

We already see the CIA trying to hide away from the scrutiny of the citizenry, using legislation pending before the Congress that would basically shield them like the British Government uses their Official Secrets Act to keep their MI5/MI6 corruption out of the British citizen's scrutiny.
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/07/25/no-accountability-in-washington-the-cia-wants-to-hide-all-its-employees/

The FBI/DOJ actively trying to subvert and remove from power a duly elected POTUS, now they are not satisfied with that, they're after the common American Citizen who dares to question.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-02/do-you-believe-conspiracy-theories-fbi-report-says-youre-potential-domestic

J

optimax

Josh Rogin is a fly in the ointment. The politicians couldn't get away with their wars, sanctions, interference where it's not needed for our security if the media didn't push the neocon line.

Mathias Alexander

Its all very well but Tulsi Gabbard is still a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and she voted against BDS. I suspect she is a phoney radical like Obama.

smoke

Good point.

On the other hand, while Dems are distancing themselves from Obama admin policies (and many congress people had has much or more responsibility for ACA as Obama himself), they mostly avoid naming the man himself.

As an aside, how can Dems do anything but distance themselves from ACA? By now every staff in House and Senate hears regular complaints from voters in their districts about how they have been burdened by it.

turcopolier

walrus

my gout attacks disappeared six months ago without medication. My average blood pressure is declining. i measure it several time/day. suspect these are not good trends.

smoke

Too dark for me to watch.

Simon, head writer and former police reporter, is a long-time Baltimore city resident and knows the complexity of the city. He lives in a southside neighborhood, with great views of the harbor.

turcopolier

smoke

I had a college classmate who was managing partner of a Baltimore law firm with 200 partners and lawyer serfs employed. The economy declined so much over time that the 100 year old firm closed up. He lived in Fell's Point one of the non shithole parts of the city and was quite a snob about places like Haussner's restaurant, one of the few worthwhile things in the city. He was a shirt tail boy from Kentucky Appalachia but he loved to counsel me about choice of tailors, etc. I don't give a damn about clothes so that was always funny.

smoke

Yes. Economic collapse. The old law firm Piper Marbry merged with a Chicago firm in 1999 and stayed alive.

Haussner's, known for its scene as much as its German home cooking, did not make it out of the 20th century. By then bistro-style restaurants, some serving quite good food, were popping up. One of the popular new restaurants in the 90's was Helmand, Afghan with white table cloths and wine, in the Mount Vernon area. Owned by Qayum Karzai, Hamid's brother.

Alex Brown, the old line merchant bank/stockbroker, survived as an independent, boutique firm, serving a clientele beyond the city, until 1997. It was bought by Bankers Trust, which was rolled into Deutsche Bank two years later. CEO and Chairman of AB, Buzzy Krongard, left in 1998 to join the CIA, becoming Executive Director, CIA in March 2001.

I believe Barbara Mikulski still lives in Fells Point, a few miles from Highlandtown, where her father had a grocery. I lived half a mile up the hill from Fells Point, halfway between the water and Johns Hopkins Hospital, with a rooftop deck and a city view of the harbor and the old, brick Domino sugar plant.

turcopolier

The stuff about Haussner's is crap. It was jammed to the limit until the day it closed.

smoke

Haussner's was popular. Not sure why they closed. Perhaps because, having been owned and run by two generations of Haussners, the next generation did not want to take it on. The art, which created so much of the "scene", was collected piece by piece by founding chef William Henry Haussner and Frances his wife. William Haussner had died in 1963, Frances in 2000 at 91, a year after the restaurant closed. The art collection auctioned for several millions at Sotheby's.

turcopolier

smoke

I have eaten in a lot of Michelin three star restaurants, Gavroche in London, La Toque Blanche in Villeneuve sur Lot, The Inn at Little Washington to name a few but I preferred Haussner's style of Baltimore cooking. I started eating there when I was a Lt. at the Army intel school and was there on the day the place closed. The art was mostly kitsch (20 views of Paris in the rain by the same artist, etc.)but some of it was really quite good. I remember an Alma Tadema. The younger Haussners hated the place and sold it for the art money.

oldman22

There was a restaurant out in Leesburg that I really liked long ago. Cannot remember the name. Good food, peaceful atmosphere.

smoke

What a great characterization of the assorted art that filled the walls, table to ceiling. I wonder if the family kept any. A few pictures were fine, some had charm, if not greatness.

Wish I had visited Haussner's - or Baltimore - when Baltimore was thriving. I heard stories.

Haussner's made everyone welcome, folks from the neighborhood, priest, tourist, lawyer in well-tailored worsted, visiting soldier, mayor, families. They did serve a style of food seldom found in restaurants now. And crabcakes.

turcopolier

smoke

The nudes in what had been a men only bar were pleasant. Upstairs there \was a section of a diorama that had been painted to celebrates the victory of the allies in WW1. there were about a hundred entrees on the menu and they changed a lot. A lot of seafood and a lot of Baltimore German cooking. waitresses remembered me over the decades. I had not known I was so memorable.

turcopolier

oldman22

the Laurel Brigade Inn?

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