KER Politics – Sat 21 Jan, 2017

Trump’s Inauguration

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  • Political Segment 1:  Al, Cory, and Chris bring in KER Politics expressing some optimism about the next four years.
  • Political Segment 2: We opine on the roles that Russia and China will play during the tenure of the new administration.
  • Political Segment 3: Glen Downs discusses the events leading up to the Inauguration.
  • Political Segment 4: Glen, Cory and I dissect portion of the President’s Inaugural Speech.

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Featuring:
Al KorelinChris TempleCory FleckGlen DownsRick Ackerman

Comments:
  1. On January 21, 2017 at 2:59 am,
    CFS says:

    Hi, Skeeta.
    Thanks, Big Al.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 10:57 am,
      Big Al says:

      My pleasure, Skeeta, I am having a lot of fun doing KER Politics

  2. On January 21, 2017 at 3:22 am,
    CFS says:

    Putin is taking a wait and see action:
    https://www.rt.com/news/374546-putin-trump-meeting-months/

    At least he did not take the bait of the Big Zero, with his trying to provoke a war.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 4:55 am,
      CFS says:

      Big Al, Even though it’s from NPR, this is worth reading:
      http://www.npr.org/2017/01/19/510491692/the-america-donald-trump-is-inheriting-by-the-numbers

      • On January 21, 2017 at 11:06 am,
        Big Al says:

        I will print that one out and keep it. You’re right it is a credible article.

        Thank you CFS

    • On January 21, 2017 at 11:00 am,
      Big Al says:

      He certainly did not take any bait and, in my opinion, there has been plenty of bait from the liberals.

      Hard to believe, just how aggressive they are.

  3. On January 21, 2017 at 3:26 am,
    AJ says:

    A few hundred anarchists what’s the big deal? they’ve been around for centuries
    A lot of inaugurations were far far worse

    From Drunken VPs to Dead Canaries: The Long History of Inauguration Drama
    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/inauguration-trump-history-drama-disasters-214663

    • On January 21, 2017 at 11:26 am,
      Big Al says:

      John Adams and John Quincy Adams!

  4. On January 21, 2017 at 3:35 am,
    AJ says:

    And he has the nuclear codes now of course

    Trump’s nuclear wake-up call
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/donald-trump-nuclear-weapons-233822

    • On January 21, 2017 at 11:28 am,
      Big Al says:

      So did Bill Clinton.

  5. On January 21, 2017 at 3:35 am,
    CFS says:

    Trump did get down to cutting Government spending very quickly……This one surprised me.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/48685236-9501-332c-8f8b-06a096d97956/ss_trump-immediately-revokes.html

    • On January 21, 2017 at 12:04 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Interesting action. At this point it does make sense to cut unqualified borrowers out of the equation. I can attest to that because of personal experience in that area and the ensuing housing problems that greatly hurt our economy.

      • On January 21, 2017 at 12:20 pm,
        DC says:

        +1

  6. On January 21, 2017 at 3:44 am,
    AJ says:

    President Trump’s inauguration speech, annotated
    http://www.vox.com/a/president-trump-inauguration-speech-transcript-annotations

    • On January 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Thanks AJ.

      Again, I have to say that “time will tell”.

      Am I optimistic and not angry? Yes Sir!

  7. On January 21, 2017 at 3:50 am,
    CFS says:
  8. On January 21, 2017 at 3:59 am,
    AJ says:

    Al: All the intelligence services have advised Bush and Obama for years not to use the term ‘radical islam’ as in their opinion it would have been the ultimate recruiting tool. Trump obviously didn’t read the memo or just doesn’t care.
    And regarding the speech, no trace of the customary reach out to heal divisions. Still on campaign mode.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 6:25 am,
      Bonzo Barzini says:

      They already have the Koran, which is all the recruiting tool they need.

      • On January 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm,
        Big Al says:

        Afternoon Bonzo,

        As in the case of The Bible, it all depends how the reader interprets it. Have you read The Old Testament?

        • On January 22, 2017 at 10:32 am,
          Bonzo Barzini says:

          The Old Testament promised the Jews a land of their own, not the whole world. The Koran tells the muslims to conquer the whole world and give everyone the chance to convert to Islam or be killed or enslaved. Can’t you see the difference between the Old Testament and the Koran.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 7:59 am,
      GH says:

      Come on, let’s get real.

      It’s very clear that the US itself has been a major, if not primary, force fomenting Islamic terrorism, from training Osama bin Laden and the mujahideen in Afghanistan 35 years ago, to facilitating ISIS right up to present.

      If you don’t believe the US has supported ISIS, then please explain to me how the Russians were able to accomplish more against them in their first six weeks in Syria than the US had accomplished in the preceding 18 months. Why did the US permit ISIS to run enormous caravans of tanker trucks full of oil to Turkey? Why did the US continue to give aid and sell arms to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, when the US knew these countries were supporting ISIS?

      A plausible version of US support for Islamic terrorism, from William Engdahl:

      http://gunsandbutter.org/blog/2016/12/29/the-lost-hegemon-how-the-cia-lost-its-holy-war-crusade

      • On January 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm,
        b says:

        of course its us that support isis GH
        anyone following syria knows that, thing is nobody cares.
        nobody cared when we killed 500k children in iraq, why would we care now?
        ok, not nobody, just far from enough.

        Maybe the Trump plan to finish isis is simply to stop funding them, turky stopped i think, then there is only qatar, saudi arabia and israel to deal with.
        maybe i missed someone, soros? clintons? bush?

    • On January 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm,
      Big Al says:

      I appreciate your opinion AJ. I prefer to call it like I personally see it. I am abhorred by many of the actions of these folks! I personally do not believe that they represent the true followers of Islam.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 12:52 pm,
      Big Al says:

      I felt that he did reach out to all folks.

  9. On January 21, 2017 at 4:07 am,
    CFS says:

    AJ, You should not believe everything you read in the “fake news” Politico.
    Obama was pro-muslim, if not actually a Muslim, as claimed by his Kenyan relatives.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 7:10 am,
      bowmano says:

      Obama said in an interview “My muslim faith” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmwZk21uJlg

      I have never accidentally said “My Jewish faith” because I am not Jewish

      • On January 21, 2017 at 8:00 am,
        AJ says:

        Well as I read a few days ago we should know once and for all this weekend when Trump discovers and tweets about the secret mosque at the WH where Obama prayed 5 times a day for the last eight years.

        • On January 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm,
          Big Al says:

          AJ, I really need verification on this one. I will say, that would not surprise me. But, then again, so what?

      • On January 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm,
        Big Al says:

        Wow! I have never seen that before! It is worth checking to see if that is a reliable or “doctored video.

        • On January 21, 2017 at 1:08 pm,
          b says:

          this muslim bs is just that, bs.

        • On January 21, 2017 at 1:17 pm,
          GH says:

          The audio and video don’t sync up. I have no idea if it’s true or not, but this is the kind of internet evidence that can’t be trusted.

          • On January 21, 2017 at 4:06 pm,
            Big Al says:

            Many thanks, GH

    • On January 22, 2017 at 10:38 am,
      Bonzo Barzini says:

      If we ever get a chance to see Obama’s college transcripts, which he has had sealed at great expense, I think we will find he is a muslim like his father and his step-father. No telling what else we will find in those transcripts.

  10. On January 21, 2017 at 4:22 am,
    Archdeacon (!) Andrew says:

    Agree CFS.

  11. On January 21, 2017 at 4:45 am,
    CFS says:

    It worries me that although Trump has stated he will spend money on infrastructure, he does not understand how much is needed. The American Society of Engineers last estimate of needed spending was $3.6 Trillion.
    (Another report card is due out in March 2017)

    In addition to infrastructure repair needed, Obama has systematically degraded military capability. The status of fighter planes, bombers and ships is seriously poor.

  12. On January 21, 2017 at 4:52 am,
    CFS says:

    $3.6 Trillion needed by 2020 spending…..
    reference at
    http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/

  13. On January 21, 2017 at 5:19 am,
    OOTB Jerry says:

    Finally…………..the Zero IS GONE………..New Day, New Dawn

  14. On January 21, 2017 at 5:24 am,
    OOTB Jerry says:

    great comments from GLEN…….

    • On January 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Great comments from all!

  15. On January 21, 2017 at 5:55 am,
    Mark Raymond says:

    I’m not certain if you are really popular right now or if you’re being DDOS’d but the website’s bandwidth is impaired. My current estimated download time for the show is 10 Hours 56 Min.

  16. On January 21, 2017 at 6:59 am,
    Mark Raymond says:

    The trouble I reported earlier has cleared.

  17. On January 21, 2017 at 9:55 am,
    CFS says:

    Women do a great job of organizing things. (How’s that for a sexist remark?)
    There are literally hundreds of Women’s marches organized today (all over the world) to protest the election of US President Donald John Trump.
    It is a pity that women are too stupid to care about the financial welfare of children.
    I understand you have Feelings and “FEEL” that you know you are correct, but you are not.
    Here is one simple fact concerning the debt noose you are NOT protesting about, that has been placed around the necks of your children and their children, by the Obama administration:
    The liberal spending Obama increased debt almost $10 trillion while he boasts about increasing employment and a booming economy.
    I won’t bother telling you the jobs are not great and mostly part-time. I will simply divide the increase in debt by the number of jobs and tell you each job cost over $885,000.00.
    What a bargain!

    • On January 21, 2017 at 10:48 am,
      Wayne says:

      Ah, the power of mathemagics.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 11:46 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      good point Cfs………

      • On January 21, 2017 at 11:48 am,
        OOTB Jerry says:

        bondage…..can be eliminated

    • On January 21, 2017 at 12:59 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Look for an editorial on The Women’s Movement later today. If people take your comment as being sexist they are simply showing their ignorance! But then again, we are seeing a lot of that now.

      • On January 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm,
        b says:

        885k per job? lol
        its intentional, like bailing out the banks instead of giving every person 55 and older a million.
        cheaper, bails out the banks and car companies and creates 1 million jobs.
        NOPE, we can have that. and people just cant figure that out.
        Aint democracy great?

        Shoulda listened to Plato. lol

        • On January 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm,
          Big Al says:

          I would venture to guess that a lot of our populations have to idea who Plato is!

    • On January 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm,
      GH says:

      Female nature has evolved to regard it as natural to be provided for by a male while bearing and raising children. It’s a short step from that to expecting to be provided for by a socialist state (which doesn’t expect cooking and cleaning). As long as care is provided, it doesn’t do to inquire too much into the details.

  18. On January 21, 2017 at 11:00 am,
    Dai Uy says:

    Al:

    An excellent analysis on yesterday’s happenings in DC by you and your guests.

    The sun will continue to rise and set under a Trump Administration.

    Running a government not the same as running a business. Trump a quick study though and I believe he has very good people in his potential cabinet if they get confirmed. I also felt that his comments yesterday were polite, clear and gracious.

    I did not support Trump in the primaries but sent a contribution to the Cruz campaign.

    President Coolidge had it right when he uttered that the business of America is business.

    I’m holding all of the Bawlingwood so called celebrities accountable, 95% that I’ve never heard of,and other anarchists to move away but am not holding my breath. Will be conducting my own personal boycotts including the Kellogg’s’ boycott.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm,
      Big Al says:

      As usual, I agree with you Dai Uy.

  19. On January 21, 2017 at 11:14 am,
    CFS says:

    I wonder if the economic teaching is so bad in US public schools that they are teaching the theory of “breaking windows to increase employment”:

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/civil-unrest/the-left-turns-violent-in-washington/

    • On January 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm,
      Big Al says:

      What a great point, I did not realize that the demonstrators were simply trying to increase employment. Oh well, stupid me!

    • On January 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm,
      GH says:

      I don’t recall any real economic teaching in my public school, and it was far better than the average US public school.

      In general ‘liberals’ have an aversion to capitalism, markets, economics, and money, so few of them undertake much, if any, formal study of these themes. Their views seem primarily to be acquired via osmosis from their preferred sources of propaganda.

      • On January 21, 2017 at 4:10 pm,
        Big Al says:

        In some cases, I have certainly seen that to be the case, GH

  20. On January 21, 2017 at 11:16 am,
    russell hamilton says:

    Amazing too hear that they have not nominated any under secretarys yet, for any of the cabinet jobs !! The news says the under secretarys [mostly from Obama era] stay in position until replaced . Efficient businessman ,was tweeting about movie stars, when he should have been busy with appointments. Wow !

    • On January 21, 2017 at 12:21 pm,
      Dai Uy says:

      President Trump will make about 4000 appointments;10% requiring U.S. Senate confirmation including his Cabinet and their top level Assistant Secretaries, all Ambassadors, 92 United States Attorneys and all General Officer appointees in the military and all Federal Judges.

      All others must undergo a less intense FBI background check and that is why Presidential appointments take such a long time.

      Those requiring Senate confirmation must undergo and pass a thorough full field FBI background check which in my case took about 8 months before I was sworn in during the Reagan Administration.

  21. On January 21, 2017 at 11:25 am,
    CFS says:
  22. On January 21, 2017 at 1:29 pm,
    b says:

    Sensible support for Israel Al?

    • On January 21, 2017 at 4:12 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Sure, how about a nuclear attack by one of the middle eastern crazies.

      • On January 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm,
        Big Al says:

        That perhaps seems a bit far fetched but something could possible occur that would provide the rationale for our help.

  23. On January 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm,
    Paul L says:

    Higher spending (infrastructure, military mainly) and lower taxes is the complete opposite of what is needed to reduce the annual deficits. The annual deficit could rise to 1 trillion per year.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm,
      Dai Uy says:

      Paul L:

      I share your concern about budget deficits and debt. This will be Trump’s most serious challenge; not sure how he will handle it. Obama’s National debt load increased more than a trillion every year that he was our President for a total of about 9.2 trillion during his 8 years in office.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Infrastructure spending probably would result in higher federal tax revenues.

  24. On January 21, 2017 at 2:51 pm,
    Dai Uy says:

    The Looney Left and Ultra-Feminists are really becoming unhinged. See today’s Breitbart News. This can’t help the Dems in 2018 or 2020. Hope that they keep it up.

    BTW Al: not too late to cheer on Gonzaga’s Basketball team who remain the only undefeated team in the top tier NCAA standings and in the country. They are #4 and would probably be higher but for their strength of schedule. Was given 2 impossible to obtain ducats by a friend for one of their games last week.

    I see where the anarchists (students?) and assorted anti-Trump snowflakes are raising hell at your Alma Mater with sticks and stones and worse in Seattle so I can’t wait for Gore’s Global warming to melt them..

    • On January 21, 2017 at 4:18 pm,
      Big Al says:

      I actually am a Zag fan. Seattle is a very crazy city.

      Here is an interesting point, often when Kathy and I go to Seattle we stay at the WAC which is basically on 6th and Union. We have been hassled so many times after dark that we pretty much don’t walk the streets anymore. Ain’t liberalism and unthinking acceptance wonderful!

      • On January 22, 2017 at 9:36 am,
        GH says:

        I’ve been to Seattle many times over the years, Al. I was there a bit over a year ago for the first time in quite a while, and I must say it looked like a freak show to me. Like I remember the Capitol Hill strip looking 25 years ago. I guess it spread.

  25. On January 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm,
    pardu says:

    Big Al, as usual your program was very good in my opinion and I agree wholeheartedly with your viewpoints. There is an old adage that states “If it costs nothing, then it is worth the price”. I would say that your show, which costs us nothing, is much more valuable than the price.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Thanks Pardu,

      There are many associated benefits any and all of which are disclosed.

      Plus, for an old fart it is really a lot of fun. I am also certain that Cory will benefit from it greatly sooner rather than later.

  26. On January 21, 2017 at 4:43 pm,
    Chartster says:

    It sure will be fun watching Trump drain the swamp. He put them all on notice with his speech. He’ll have an uphill battle for a little while, but he will do what he does best, expose Everyone!
    The last president of the republic was Lincoln. Trump will be the first in over 150 years. These are exciting times, for sure!

    • On January 21, 2017 at 8:58 pm,
      Chartster says:

      Something Americans are going start hearing on the news ( so pay attention! ) is that the news ( probably fox first ) will start saying the words,, ” Constitutional Republic “!
      ( which you never have heard before.. )

      Pay attention ..

      • On January 22, 2017 at 8:20 am,
        OOTB Jerry says:

        OK……. 🙂

  27. On January 21, 2017 at 6:04 pm,
    Ozibatla says:

    Ok, as an aussie im asking for perspective here from Americans and their view on Trump. Mainstream media and public here in Aus is of the overriding consensus that Trump is going to cause WW3, will crash world markets, is going to ruin trade relations between countries, going to incite marginalism and segregation in the name of racism and will be by far the worst leader in the history of “the free world”. Ive tried reasoning with many that this is the same fear mongering, conspiracy theorism ideology ive long been accused of when offering alternative modes of thinking.

    What do readers here think?

    • On January 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm,
      Paul W says:

      I know what you mean. It is the same problem with sentiment here in NZ. Most of my friends are clueless and totally mis-informed but I don’t blame them. The newspapers here are awful. All they do is look for clickbait and regurgitate pro-Clinton or anti-Trump propoganda from the Washington Post or NY Times. Just to be clear, I am no fan of Trump. I just think he is the lesser of two evils.

      • On January 22, 2017 at 8:40 am,
        GH says:

        As an American who doesn’t live in America, my perspective on Australia and NZ is that, while very nice places, they have come to be dominated by the same ‘liberal’ NWO forces waging a dirty war against Trump in the US. The same forces that have fomented identity politics, push for mindless multiculturalism, the banning of guns, etc.

        And that’s coming from someone who has lots of reservations about Trump, key among them his selection of so many Goldman Sachs alumni for his administration, and his seeming very pro-Zionist stance.

        • On January 22, 2017 at 9:10 am,
          Matthew says:

          +1
          There’s a lot wrong with Trump, no doubt, but WW3 would have been far more likely under Hillary. Her supporters can be confidently dismissed as unthinking and irrational — or worse.

          • On January 22, 2017 at 10:43 am,
            Bonzo Barzini says:

            Matthew, you are right as usual. I feel much safer with Trump that with B.O. or HRC.

          • On January 23, 2017 at 5:28 am,
            GH says:

            Absolutely. B.O. and HRC have been faithful servants to the neocon war agenda, including ratcheting up tensions with Russia immensely. I do not believe Russia was the aggressor in Ukraine–this was a coup fomented by the usual suspects, and Russia did the only sensible thing by re-integrating Crimea.

    • On January 21, 2017 at 7:07 pm,
      Al Korelin says:

      I think that the majority, if not all, the illogical hysteria about Trump is unfounded.

      I would suggest that people consider the topic of “politics as usual”. Aside from being an immoral individual who exemplified the negative side of U.S. moral values, I would not call the Clinton Era as necessarily being “politics as usual. G.W. is a very good human being who made, by his own written admission, some mistakes. I am firmly convinced that the election of Clinton would have been simply an extension of BIG GOVERNMENT behind a person who believes that she is the “Queen Bee” and can do whatever she wants. Well, we proved to her that people simply cannot do whatever they want when is breaks the law.

      I think the beliefs that you are hearing will never come true.

  28. On January 21, 2017 at 6:51 pm,
    Paul W says:

    I found the discussion between Al and Rick in segment 2 disturbing. The idea that the US needs to do something more agressive is just plain dumb. Hasn’t the US done enough? Why not just try doing the right for a change and minding your own business?

    Jack Ma said it right….

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-18/alibabaa-jack-ma-drops-redpill-us-wasted-14-trillion-wars-over-past-30-years

    • On January 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm,
      DCal korelin says:

      That was primarily Rick’s opinion. My personal opinion is that common sense will prevail and that physical confrontation between the U.S. and either China and/or Russia will not occur.

      I believe that Rick’s comment about the North China Sea did not necessarily mean physical confrontation between the U.S. and China. Regarding Russia, I simply don’t see that happening.

      • On January 21, 2017 at 8:38 pm,
        Chartster says:

        I agree with your opinion, ” DCal korelin..”

  29. On January 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm,
    Ozibatla says:

    I hope your right Al. The realist in me keeps the possibility of conflict open however.

    Your assertion that Mr Bush was primarily a good man is interesting. I strongly disagree but respect your view all the same. I just think his demeanour and mannerisms in post 9/11 speeches were very aggressive and arrogant

  30. On January 21, 2017 at 8:11 pm,
    Ozibatla says:

    New Zealand very much toes the line in Australias footsteps on so many levels Paul. Such a naturally great country though. If more work was available, I would be there happily.

  31. On January 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm,
    Paul W says:

    GW Bush was a war monger who should have been tried as a war criminal for his lies re Iraq and Afghanistan. He is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people. The same goes for his lap dog, Tony Blair.

    My only question about them is were they incompetent ignorants played by the war machine or did they actually know what they were doing.

    • On January 22, 2017 at 8:30 am,
      GH says:

      Far more than thousands dead. The Bushes and the Neocons have a very long-standing relationship. One has to wonder if they weren’t the ones really running the Reagan administration. Papa Bush, chief spook. Grandpa Bush, Nazi supporter ( youtube John Loftus, for instance, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iszh2F3D2TE )

      I can’t see attributing their long, long track record to incompetent ignorance.

  32. On January 21, 2017 at 9:15 pm,
    Ozibatla says:

    I would say a little from column a and a little from column b Paul.

  33. On January 21, 2017 at 10:52 pm,
    Nigel says:

    I don’t understand why is the South China Sea or Israel (Middle East) any of the business of the USA, who ever gave you permission to be ‘the world’s policeman’ its a joke

    • On January 22, 2017 at 4:43 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      ditto

  34. On January 21, 2017 at 11:15 pm,
    Ozibatla says:

    Because the USA is the pre-eminent super power.

  35. On January 21, 2017 at 11:16 pm,
    Matthew says:

    Donald Trump’s CIA Speech censored:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiLOvwt05UY

  36. On January 22, 2017 at 12:57 am,
    AJ says:
  37. On January 22, 2017 at 2:46 am,
    Archdeacon (!) Andrew says:

    Hillary to die in gaol. Yes!!

    https://youtu.be/6TtqZG7tDjY

    • On January 22, 2017 at 9:09 am,
      CFS says:

      Reverend, this one’s for you:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPUYrx9BfFg

      • On January 22, 2017 at 3:20 pm,
        Archdeacon (!) Andrew says:

        Thanks CFS – Satanism running amok like headless chickens.

  38. On January 22, 2017 at 6:04 am,
    CFS says:

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she plans to discuss free trade and the importance of the NATO military alliance when she becomes the first foreign leader to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington.

    The White House’s invitation for May to meet with Trump on Friday was seen in Britain as affirmation that Trump values the vaunted “special relationship” between the United States and its longtime ally across the Atlantic.

    She told BBC’s Andrew Marr that the Trump team is interested in discussing a new trade arrangement with Britain despite the “America first” theme of Trump’s inaugural address and his vow to evaluate every trade deal for its possible benefits to the United States.

    Any national leader would do the same when deciding whether to sign a trade pact, May said.

    Britain sees a future trade agreement with the United States as vital as the country prepares to leave the European Union. However, Britain’s desire for increased trade could clash with Trump’s protectionist stance.

    May said she would also raise the value of the NATO military alliance during the meeting. She called it the “bulwark” of Europe’s defense system.

    Trump has rattled European allies by suggesting NATO is “obsolete” and that the United States might not come to the aid of countries that don’t meet targets for their own defense spending.

    May maintained that Trump understands NATO’s vital role. European leaders worry about a watering down of the NATO role given the increasingly aggressive actions by Russia in recent years.

  39. On January 22, 2017 at 6:40 am,
    CFS says:

    In case you missed this, Mr. Moriarty:
    ERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s leader has recorded a conciliatory message to the people of Iran, saying, “we are your friend, not your enemy.”

    In the video uploaded to his Facebook page Saturday, Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the people of Iran in English, with Farsi subtitles. He says he will soon discuss with President Donald Trump how to counter the threat of an Iranian regime that calls for Israel’s destruction, but that he distinguishes between the regime and the people.

    “You have a proud history. You have a rich culture. ……

    • On January 22, 2017 at 8:43 am,
      GH says:

      Netanyahu speaks with a forked tongue.

    • On January 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm,
      Robert Moriarty says:

      CFS:

      But you and I both know Iran never threatened Israel and never called for the destruction of Israel. All they ever did was say they were prepared to defend their country. The Iranians understand as do most of the world that Israel’s greatest enemy is Israel and the country is in the process of committing suicide.

  40. On January 22, 2017 at 6:45 am,
    CFS says:

    I don’t think the South American Marxist who became pope likes Trump!
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/pope-warns-against-populism-saviours-hitler-001439301.html

  41. On January 22, 2017 at 6:47 am,
    CFS says:
  42. On January 22, 2017 at 6:54 am,
    CFS says:

    The GAO outlines the US Debt Bomb:
    http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/682131.pdf

  43. On January 22, 2017 at 7:26 am,
    CFS says:
  44. On January 22, 2017 at 8:51 am,
    CFS says:

    Trump has a really tough job if he wants to make America great again.
    Most in the US have drunk from their own propaganda juice. If you want to see how FAR the US has fallen, take a look at this chart:
    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gB3uCG7LUFc/WIL95ftDI_I/AAAAAAABM-M/6qqSabyHafo3zIZ6L9AsJEyBHvoPa5q4ACLcB/s640/C2JQk27XgAEz_oN.jpg
    Most of you will not believe it.
    The US citizenry has squandered their wealth, and, of course, many do not realize how over-taxed they are.
    The latest raw source numbers are given in the PDF file below.

  45. On January 22, 2017 at 9:15 am,
    CFS says:

    Southern Louisiana Pipeline Draws Environmental Opposition
    Associated Press – 9 minutes ago
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana environmental groups are gearing up for round two in a battle against a proposed 163-mile oil pipeline that would stretch across south Louisiana from Lake Charles through the Atchafalaya Basin and east to St. James.

    A public hearing last week for a required U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit drew more than 400 supporters and opponents. Many of the opponents gathered before the hearing and decried a project they fear will foul the state’s wetlands and water.

    A second hearing is set Feb. 8 for a permit needed from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. That permit is for the roughly 16 miles that will pass close enough to the coast to receive special attention under the state’s Coastal Zone program.

    The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/2jLGgzo ) the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline project is being jointly pursued by subsidiaries of Phillips 66, Sunoco Logistics and Energy Transfer Partners, all three of which have a stake in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    “I expect we will have a bigger turnout, because people are fired up,” said Anne Rolfes, director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade environmental group. “… This opposition is really unprecedented.”

    The proposed pipeline would cross 11 parishes. It would link Louisiana refineries to a major oil-and-gas hub in Texas that connects to larger pipelines throughout North America, including the Dakota Access pipeline between North Dakota and Illinois that has been the subject of intense and ongoing protests.

    Supporters argue that the $750 million project would boost the Louisiana economy and offer a safer alternative to moving crude oil with trucks, trains and barges.

  46. On January 22, 2017 at 11:59 am,
    CFS says:
  47. On January 22, 2017 at 5:15 pm,
    CFS says:

    Sheer French Marxist Lunacy;

    https://mishtalk.com/2017/01/22/hamon-socialist-agenda/#more-43593

    A pathetic appeal to buy votes, while destroying the country!

  48. On January 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm,
    Dick Tracy says:

    I like to call what we are seeing in America as The Trump revolution, Al, Jeff Deist, and Glen Downs, missed it. They were and are too main stream. It came from middle America a place that they had written off after The George Soros and Obama years. The principal forces which accelerated The Trump revolution were all 100 per cent American. They were the welfare, warfare, and The Clinton evasion of law, that caused opposition to The Democrats in middle America. The Democrats abandoned what made America great and the continuing backlash is going to be initiated not from the left but from the right side of America.

    • On January 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm,
      Dick Tracy says:

      Sorry Big Al, you don’t have a clue. DT

  49. On January 22, 2017 at 8:29 pm,
    CFS says:

    Unfortunately, the chances of Trump being able to drain the swamp are twofold: Slim and None.
    Alas, MSM will do its best to get Slim out of the building.

    https://dailyreckoning.com/here-come-the-big-spenders-fiscal-bloodbath-dead-ahead/

  50. On January 22, 2017 at 8:43 pm,
    CFS says:

    The Religion of Peace.
    Home of the religion of Peace:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzPs1IgSI5A
    For FYI, Mr Moriarty.

    • On January 23, 2017 at 6:27 am,
      Robert Moriarty says:

      CFS:

      You need to remove the blinders. Israel blowing up kids playing soccer on a beach in Gaza is hardly what you want to see out of Zionism as a religion of peace.

      Israel is running the largest open air prison in the world and even a committed Zionist Judge concluded that the IDA committed over 34 war crimes in Gaza before he was gang banged and silenced by other Zionists.

      Zionism is not a religion of peace unless you consider crowds screaming “Death to the Arabs” something wholesome.

  51. On January 22, 2017 at 9:48 pm,
    CFS says:
  52. On January 23, 2017 at 1:06 am,
    CFS says:

    MSM did not tell you, launched on 11/20:

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/sbirs1.html