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Trump to Newsmax TV: US Should Seize Iraq Oil

Trump to Newsmax TV: US Should Seize Iraq Oil

Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 11:55 AM

By Dan Weil


As Sunni militants reportedly took control of Iraq's largest oil refinery Wednesday, business titan Donald Trump, founder and CEO of Trump Corp., urged the U.S. government to take control of Iraq's oil Wednesday on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"I've been predicting for a long time that somebody, most likely the bad guys, are going to get the oil," he told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman in an exclusive interview.

"And if you look at this morning, they veered off course, and instead of going into Baghdad initially — they'll get that later, don't worry about it — they decided to do the smart thing."

That was to go after Iraq's oil. "So now they have the oil, and they have lots of land, and they have lots of support, and they have lots of money, and they have our equipment, and we're a very stupidly run country."

Iraq now exports approximately 2.5 million barrels a day of crude, and approximately 300,000 barrels of that go to the United States, according to the Energy Information Agency. Those 300,000 barrels represent approximately 4 percent of U.S. imports.

Trump says the United States never should have intervened in Iraq in the first place. "But if we were going to be there, take the oil before Iran gets it or before the other militants get it," he said.

"What happened now is the worst nightmare."

Meanwhile, Trump is not surprised with Tuesday's news that consumer prices rose 0.4 percent last month, the most since February 2013.

"I'm not surprised because our country is a mess," he argues. "Our leader is incompetent, our country is an absolute mess and we're laughed at all over the world."

Trump is spending a lot of time overseas as he works on real estate projects in the Middle East and Europe. Foreigners "have no respect for Obama, no respect for our country," he notes. "They don’t even view us as a factor anymore."

The guys in white jackets and a big net need to seize ol' Badgerhair and put him where its padded and padlocked.

NYTimes: Captured Suspect Said Benghazi Attack Revenge For Anti-Islam Video


Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 04:13 PM PDT
NYTimes: Captured Suspect Said Benghazi Attack Revenge For Anti-Islam Video

by AlyoshaKaramazovFollow

Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the suspect captured by U.S. special forces on Tuesday for his role in the 2012 Benghazi attack, reportedly said he was motivated in part by the anti-Islam online video made in America, according to the New York Times.

"What he did in the period just before the attack has remained unclear. But Mr. Abu Khattala told other Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video," Times reporter David Kirkpatrick wrote in a story on Khattala on Tuesday.

A thought. If Bachmann hadn't announced her retirement ......

By Eric Cantor losing this week and Boehner saying he will step down from the Speaker-ship, does that mean we have near missed a Speaker Bachmann? Yes I know, Iowa, irregularities, resignations .... but some of these people have pulled it off before - to them and their base arrogance and sticking to their stories, stonewalling, only works to their advantage.


Canter down, McConnel gong down, Bachmann leaving, Boehner may be leaving .......

About time. Who else is leaving or going down?

TeaPublican dead pool:

Who's next?

Fox Analyst On VA Controversy: “Where Was The Outrage During The Bush Years?”

He won't be invited back.

Friday night, Former Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a Fox News military analyst, offered a surprising defense of President Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki over the VA scandal. Peters defended Shinseki as the media’s “whipping boy” over a long-troubled VA.

He said, “Where was the outrage during the Bush years? I’m not a defender of President Obama by any means, but this is a long-standing problem.”

Mediate reports:

He told Megyn Kelly that blaming Shinseki and booting him out would be like a patient blaming the doctor for their cancer; he’s just one administrator overseeing the problem, and even if he is at fault, he’s hardly the first VA Secretary who hasn’t done a bang-up job at the position.

Peters was bothered by how everyone calling for Shinseki’s head (including a Democrat here and there) has not gone further to make any concrete suggestions or name any names for who could replace him. He said a lot of the outrage is likely “mock” because people have known about this for years.

American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger argued that Shinseki is at fault because he was supposed to be different and fix the problems, but he didn’t and needs to be held accountable.

Peters found it remarkable how this has “suddenly” become a crisis.

Watch (uploaded on YouTube via Mediate):

We should all be outraged over the controversy, but fingers can be pointed at a lot of people, including the previous administration. Cuts to Veterans benefits, funding cuts for hospitals, staffing and equipment, for extended unemployment benefits, for jobs and training are also at issue so be careful where you point your fingers.

Just fix it.

Cop brings gallon of milk and plays catch with student. Heart warming video.

Video shows security officer beating student in wheelchair
security officer beating student in wheelchair at Oakland High School
By Alan Wang
Thursday, May 29, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) --
A Bay Area student with cerebral palsy was viciously punched by a school security guard. It's a shocking attack that was caught on camera. The student was brutally beaten and thrown from his wheelchair by the school staffer who was supposed to protect him.

That security officer now faces child abuse charges and the district is taking action.

Student with cerebral palsy attacked by security guard

The Oakland High School security officer snapped and attacked a student in a wheelchair.

"The fact that it happened to a student who has cerebral palsy only compounds the damage and how awful this incident is," Oakland School District spokesperson Troy Flynt said.

On May 19 around 9 a.m., two security officers were urging several lingering students to go to class. School officials say the student either refused or wasn't moving fast enough. That's when 23-year-old security guard Marchell Mitchell began to push the student's chair. The student slaps Mitchell's hands, so Mitchell handcuffs him and continues to wheel him until the student spits in his face. That's when Mitchell starts punching the student.

"We acknowledge that there was a small physical exchange prior to the security officer essentially flipping out and attacking the student. But nothing that even remotely could have justified what occurred," Flynt said.

Oakland High School principal Matin Abdel-Qawi apologized to the school community in a letter saying, "This incident is not reflective of the kind of culture we cherish at our school or how we treat one another."

Mitchell was charged with felony child abuse and released from jail four days later. The school district says he passed a criminal background check, but now it will give security officers more training to de-escalate and defuse misbehavior.

video at :http://abc7news.com/news/video-shows-security-officer-beating-student-in-wheelchair/84960/

Irish Priest out Hallelujahs Leonard Cohen. Hankie Alert!

Close enough but still worth the watch

OK, OK, This May Be Funnier Than Tim Conway:

The no doubt, no argument all time funniest five minutes of TV, ever. EVER!


Why Its Soooo Important to Build Keystone!!!

Yes, critics, Koch brothers do have more leased tar sands acreage than any other U.S. oil company

by Meteor BladesFollow

Kochs' lease holdings in Alberta tar sands.
Since last October, when the Koch brothers' extensive holdings of Canadian tar sands acreage were noted here after publication of the International Forum on Globalization's report—Billionaires' Carbon Bomb: The Koch Brothers and the Keystone XL Pipeline—the claims have received considerable attention, including denials from Koch Industries and attacks from right-wingers, including a prominent blog.

The IFG concluded that, based on public records, the Kochs held at least two million acres of leased tar sands land, more than any other company. Subsequently, additional research by the organization confirmed 1.1 million acres in Kochs' hands in Alberta, the most of any American or foreign corporation. That is more than 1,700 square miles. Vast by any definition. The map on the right shows the distribution of the confirmed holdings.


The Koch Industries subsidiary holds leases on 1.1 million acres—an area nearly the size of Delaware—in the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada, according to an activist group that studied Alberta provincial records. The Post confirmed the group’s findings with Alberta Energy, the provincial government’s ministry of energy. Separately, industry sources familiar with oil sands leases said Koch’s lease holdings could be closer to two million acres. The companies with the next biggest net acreage positions in oil sands leases are Conoco Phillips and Shell, both close behind.

The story generated considerable pushback, including several bits written by John Hinderaker at the torture-approving, climate change-denying blog Powerline. Among other things, he attached the all-purpose "far left" label to IFG, questioned Eilperin's objectivity and posed—in that slimy just-asking-a-simple-question technique—whether the Post had intentionally timed the article to coincide with "attacks" on the Koch brothers by Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman and Sheldon Whitehouse. Other critics called for a retraction and an apology from the Post. They mouthed the Kochs' repeated claims that they have no interest in the disputed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport tar sands bitumen from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast.


What did he find? Determining acreage is, in fact, complicated. Why? Because the experts who measure such things don't come up with the same answers. The bottom line is that Koch Industries ranks as No. 3 or No. 4 in terms of all tar-sands lease holders, and No. 1 as a non-Canadian holder. Those leases cover at least 1.12 million acres and as many as 1.47 million acres. But even that total may not tell the whole story.

Mufson writes:

The province of Alberta keeps track of designated representatives on oil-sands leases, but the list doesn’t indicate whether those representatives have partners who share the cost of purchase and development. It is a list of gross, not net, lease holdings. Net ownership could be higher (if a company holds a lot of minority positions in partnerships) or lower (if a designated representative brings in other partners to reduce development costs and spread risks).

Moreover, Canadian government and industry officials note that any company can establish a subsidiary identified only with a number, such as 12345Alberta, and the authoritative industry official says that Koch’s holdings far exceed the acreage listed by name with the Alberta provincial government. Other oil companies might be doing the same thing, adding another element of uncertainty.

This could, of course, be cleared up if privately held Koch Industries itself came forward and disclosed all its holdings. That will happen about the same time as they praise the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


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