A Summit, Hysteria, and Bovine Excrement

Well, Putin and Trump had a meeting yesterday in Helsinki. Afterwards, Trump said some things that bothered the left. In other words, it was a day ending in Y. I wasn’t all that fond of them, either, really. But then, I never thought Trump was God and never made mistakes. Hannity is as good as anybody on it.

Frankly, I can’t decide whether the left’s goal is to destroy Trump at any cost whatsoever. Or maybe it is to destroy Russia for throwing the communists out, and the United States for winning the cold war. Or both. Apparently, they think a nuclear war is just the way to do that.

I can’t see any particular reason to trust the US Intelligence Community, all my life they’ve always been wrong, from Vietnam to the cold war (whose end they failed to see coming) to Iraq and Afghanistan. And that doesn’t even mention the crap they got up to in the last few years. Now they seem to be in bed with a faction that is at best committing sedition, coming very close to treason itself. On the other hand, there is absolutely no reason to trust the Russians.

So put your earplugs in, it ain’t gonna get much better. Personally, I think we need more streetlights on Constitution Ave, and a whole lot of ¾ in manila rope, yes, some assembly required. Not that anybody asked me. So take an even strain, the adults are in charge but keep your powder dry in any case.

In the meantime, Scott Adams and Dave Rubin.

And VDH on the FBI, Trump, and Russia.

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47 Responses to A Summit, Hysteria, and Bovine Excrement

  1. Scoop says:

    During the more seedier part of my life in NYC I saw a lot of good conmen and later during my sales career I saw some masters at negotiation. There really isn’t a lot of difference between the two. If you are good at either craft you use the opponents weakness to your advantage. At times you want to appear strong and other times weak depending upon your opponents perceived character and temperament. So I sit and take a long view. I haven’t been listening to the rhetoric at all. I think it all comes out in the wash and we will find out whether Trump is a master at his craft or not.

    We should not ever forget the words from one of Edgar Allan Poe’s works:

    “You are young yet, my friend,” replied my host, “but the time will arrive when you will learn to judge for yourself of what is going on in the world, without trusting to the gossip of others. Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” __ Edgar Allan Poe

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    • NEO says:

      That is excellent advice! Old Wil wrote a play about it, “Much Ado About Nothing”. Not really but the title sure fits! 🙂

      A lot of the trouble is all the immature young people, most of whom have never earned a living, who think they know so much. Some days I agree with Billy O’Reilly, “There aughta be a law!”. 🙂

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      • Scoop says:

        Yeah there outta be but it ain’t the real world where everything is optics, sound bites, propaganda and telling the big lie over and over again. That’s politics writ large and we find the basics in chess, sales, gambling, cons etc. You exploit weaknesses and Putin and Trump have similar ego’s and I am sure that being ex-KGB Putin was taught a lot about optics and human nature etc. Now we shall see on the world stage, who predominates and is the better salesman, conman or politician. The card game ain’t over until the last hand is played.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, and it always pays to remember that Russia, nukes aside (and I doubt Putin is that crazy) has an economy about the size of New York. They really aren’t that big of a deal, that’s the Dims and the Euro’s being noisy.

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        • Scoop says:

          My guess, and it is only a guess, is that the Donald is letting Vladimir “strut his stuff” to play on that weakness (which they both suffer from . . . the macho ego) and is hoping to give the optics of winning to the opponent and yet walk away with the winnings when the game is over. It may not work and Reagan’s walking away from the Reykjavik talks might have looked good but may not have had the same effect with a Putin. Different animals. But folks will want to equate the two meetings I’m sure as one in the same. One being a strong message and the other weak. We shall see whose strategy wins the day.

          And yes, Russia is in need of capital and Germany was just summary beaten by Trump for their hypocrisy and their aiding and abetting the enemy to NATO which they fail to support with their own defenses. So the maneuvering continues and has yet to play out. In the end, I think Trump would like to see Merkel fail, the EU fail and to initiate a stronger confederacy of Nato where we are all partners. Putin will be full of bluster and we will feign defeat in areas (like the Russian hypersonic missiles etc.) when we have no idea what the Skunk works have up their sleeves at the moment. As I say . . . what we poor bystanders see as optics should not be relied upon for a full analysis of what is at play . . . for it is being fought on myriad different levels . . . some in front of the cameras and others behind the curtain in Oz.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, I quit worrying about Russian technology long ago – about when we saw the QC the Sov’s managed. I think you’re about right. Germany should be able to handle Russia especially with the UK, but both have let their militaries run down badly.

          And remember at Reykjavik, Gorbachev put the entire missile fleet on the table trying to stop SDI, and Reagan still walked away. Power, real hard power, matters more than all the optics in the world. And so does courage. So we’ll see.

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        • Scoop says:

          Indeed, Ronnie saw that Gorbachev exposed his weakness by showing all of his cards. Donald will never lay all his cards face-up on the table to be read by the media and his opponent. Like a magician these folks show you something in their right hand while their left hand is doing something totally different. People hate to think that folks a duplicitous but this world that we live in is based on survival and being as duplicitous as one’s opponent. Strategy is the name of the game and besides, I think your statement about our intelligence agencies is spot on. They dropped a bomb on Trump just before the meeting (no accident) and they are like a shadow government that Trump is trying to deal with. So what we know is that we don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. Its like the magic of film making . . . it all happens in the editing room away from our prying eyes.

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed so!

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        • Scoop says:

          Another point worth pondering, I think, is that the Progressive Left is Putin’s real power and strength around the world. So the cold war is presumably over and they lost. But that is only optics as well. The cold war merely changed battlefields. They infiltrated and manipulated much of this country and the EU. The cold war rages without talks of nuclear holocaust (except as a pejorative against conservatives who are touted as war mongers and foolhardy adolescents). In the meanwhile, they have subtly taken over the ideologies that drive most of Western Civilization.

          It makes one wonder why Putin wanted Trump over Hillary. Did he want a final showdown and to discredit the right once a for all so that his ideology would prevail and the that mighty US economy and military might simply be neutralized by the political left once and for all? Something doesn’t make sense here and I await an outcome.

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        • NEO says:

          That thought has long lingered in my mind as well. It always seemed to me that he should have been helping Hillary.

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        • Scoop says:

          Indeed. They are cut of the same ideological cloth.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep.

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  3. the unit says:

    A gift for a liberal friend to go with their bovine excrement. 🙂
    https://www.amazon.com/Hocus-Pocus-Labs-Bucket-Unicorn/dp/B075FFQZ63/ref=lp_166034011_1_8?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1531838476&sr=1-8

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    • Scoop says:

      Indeed the left’s message is about as substantial as a unicorn fart I’m afraid. It looks pretty to the rainbow people but there is nothing substantial to any of it. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Hah! All sugar and air I note. You can get anything from Amazon – maybe we should send Bezos some! 🙂

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  4. Nicholas says:

    One of my closest friends is Russian, but I haven’t asked him about these latest talks. As said above, it’s difficult to separate the tactics from genuine sentiment. Why did Putin prefer Trump over Clinton in the presidential election? Was it for moral reasons or as a ploy? Who can say? But it is not beyond the realm of possibility that he genuinely wanted a patriotic nationalist to be the head of state in the USA. I recall, at the time, Trump saying that he could work with Putin, and Putin may well have read that as a comment that Trump would be willing to let Russia have the Ukraine in exchange for support on Middle East foreign policy.

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    • Scoop says:

      Yes we won’t really know will we? Just gotta wait and see what unfolds.

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      • Nicholas says:

        Indeed. Putin’s alliance with the Orthodox Church may be just political, but it could be genuine. We may yet need to co-ordinate with Russia if things go bad re:Turkey, and that is likely given Erdogan’s power to change the constitution.

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        • NEO says:

          It may be, especially on his side, but Russia is, like America, a mostly Christian country, perhaps we have more in common with them than say Germany, below the surface.

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        • Nicholas says:

          Indeed. I would say that, generalising hugely, your nation is closer to Russia in temperament and sensibilities than it is to Europe, including the UK. Even with Brits like me who are pro-US, you have to remember that our cultures have diverged over the centuries. I don’t gel with anti-imperialist rhetoric that comes from some Americans.

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        • NEO says:

          Most of us have it to some degree. I suppose it goes back to starting as colonies. And in truth, we have little desire for an Empire, clean back in the Mexican War we decided not to incorporate all of Mexico simply because it was too different. And we also know that dependence is not good for a person (or a country). That’s part of the drive to get NATO to spend on itself, to force them to have some self-respect.

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        • Nicholas says:

          Indeed, and that makes sense given our shared Lockean liberal philosophical heritage. At the same time, I view the expulsion of the British from many of our former colonies as a huge own goal for them, not because I believe the Empire should have continued indefinitely, but because I believe it was too early for us to leave and the empirical data bears this out. Joining the EU made things worse, because it hinders our ability to co-operate economically with our former colonies.

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        • NEO says:

          Agree, most of your colonies would have been well served to have remained such for a longer period. We were exceptional in that, we were actual Englishmen (mostly) and it ran in our bloodstream.

          The EU was the reversal of Henry VIII’s breaking with Rome and turning outward, almost the refusal to live in the world you created.

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        • Nicholas says:

          Indeed – that is the key difference. Many of these countries would not be sh*tholes, to use President Trump’s word, because we would have been there investing in infrastructure. Oh well, can’t do anything about that now.

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        • NEO says:

          Nope, the past is prologue, somebody said, all we can do is try to make new mistakes.

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        • Nicholas says:

          I’ve noted that the PM wants to close Parliament early for the summer recess to avoid a leadership challenge. The Tory party has a tradition of eating its own: Peel and Thatcher spring to mind.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep. And others as well. C wrote the book, the history of the Conservative Party, a good read. I should read it again. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          I doubt the genuine nature of Putin’s faith . . . but all things are possible with God.

          There is much to say between Turkey and Russia. Lots of bad blood and the Russians know the Turks are vicious fighters. And in the meanwhile they don’t belong in NATO for any other reason than to frighten Russia. They should go it alone and we can sit by and watch.

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        • Nicholas says:

          I think we are likely to see more instability at some point because strongman regimes never last. Sooner or later they explode into foreign wars to distract their populations from trouble at home. But foreign wars just exacerbate problems: WWI destroyed the Austrian Empire because the government had a massive increase in public debt to fund it.

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    • NEO says:

      The Ukraine, well if Europe had anything to offer, that could be contested, maybe, but the eastern part is ethnically Russian, likely thanks to Lenin/Stalin. But the Crimea is essential to Russia, that would take a war to make happen.

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      • Nicholas says:

        Indeed, which is why I have mixed feelings about the Ukraine. I don’t like the interference of Argentina in the Falkland Islands or Spain in Gibraltar, so I don’t think it would be fair for me to criticise Russia’s claim regarding ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.

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        • NEO says:

          Certainly nothing to threaten war about, particularly since it ain’t close to a reasonable port.

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    • the unit says:

      After WWII USSR refused to support the IMF and the World Bank. Maybe Putin saw the election of Hillary as finally bringing on a NWO, that maybe his Russia might not have as much influence in as he’d like. Maybe keep things divided, like Germany was after the war.
      I don’t know. 🙂

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      • NEO says:

        Stalin saw them (and understandably) as American Imperialism, and he wasn’t wrong in their effects, if not their intentions. He likely thought he needed Eastern Europe, both to prop up Russia and to counterbalance the Americans in the west.

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      • Scoop says:

        My thought, for what its worth, is that though kindred spirits, Hillary and the other EU elites know the negative optics of giving Putin and Russia a place at the Elite Globalist Government that they are trying to forge in the NWO. I think Putin knows that it is unlikely he’ll get a seat in that elite group and that perhaps he might get Trump to open those doors by weakening and defeating the present occupants at the table of the Elites.

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        • the unit says:

          Yep, Russian Intelligence Dossier recorded that Huma Abedin had removed her re-set button while undercover agent. 🙂

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        • Nicholas says:

          Do you think we will ever see a Pope again who will openly stand against the NWO? I remember when BXVI spoke against Islam and was forced to retract/modify/qualify his statement.

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        • Scoop says:

          I think that was window into those who bullied the Pope from within the Vatican (elder abuse anyone?).

          Yes, I think it will come but as to when is the 64,000 dollar question. They have stacked the deck with bishops and cardinals now and it is looking rather bleak for a quick fix. But then God has a way of righting the Barque of Peter when she seems to on her way to the bottom of the deep, dark sea.

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        • Nicholas says:

          True: the papacy of Alexander VI didn’t last forever, after all.

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        • Scoop says:

          Today I am wearing my new T Shirt that reads: Pope Benedict XVI, Still Reigning. I thought I would wear it to dinner tonight with a couple of traditional Catholics. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Possible.

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        • the unit says:

          BXVI didn’t shake on it. 🙂
          https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fcbu01.alicdn.com%2Fimg%2Fibank%2F2018%2F323%2F344%2F8326443323_2128705531.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.1688.com%2Ftopic%2Fxizhouposubaba.html&docid=IOFirNjIkPoLfM&tbnid=tJp0o2NApYwH9M%3A&vet=10ahUKEwiwlI3q2KbcAhVxhOAKHSiOBqgQMwi_ASgBMAE..i&w=800&h=800&bih=533&biw=1242&q=excrement&ved=0ahUKEwiwlI3q2KbcAhVxhOAKHSiOBqgQMwi_ASgBMAE&iact=mrc&uact=8

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  5. Scoop says:

    Nope. They never do, thank God.

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  6. the unit says:

    Psalm 138:7
    Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.
    Nope, I don’t shake left hands either. 🙂 (see above comment)

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