Hour 2 – Politics and Human Emotions

January 18, 2020
Full Second Hour
  • Segment 1 – Dr Frieda and Big Al discuss the negative impact of anger and fear on international political issues.
  • Segment 2 – We continue our discussion of the tunnel vision that exists in The Middle East with Doctor Frieda.
  • Segment 3 – Wally Pistor a retired money manager opines on the multi faceted story of the Middle East.
  • Segment 4 – Wally Pistor and Big Al wrap up KER Poloitics discussing a lasting peace in The Middle East.

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Segment 2
Segment 3
Segment 4
    Jan 18, 2020 18:18 AM

    Thanks Guys, I look forward to listening to this weekend show.

    Jan 18, 2020 18:32 AM

    Segment 1:
    I really have to disagree with Dr. Frieda, when she says President Trump is different.
    He really is not that different. The difference is not human nature, but the level of information flow available to the public; particularly through the internet.
    I think of the promiscuity of JFK (A Catholic.) It was simply suppressed information by the press, which does not happen now.

      Jan 18, 2020 18:47 AM

      Doesn’t really matter what his religion was. He was simply a fallen human being. You point is well taken.

    Jan 18, 2020 18:16 AM

    With regards to trust and fear in the Middle East, I do not believe the situation is so simple.
    First, the leadership is a problem, in that it tends to teach distrust and hatred.
    Second, I have never witnessed so much antagonism on both sides. For example, I walk around a lot, usually with a small back-pack, ad often use public transport. I travel alone, which I recognize carries a higher risk. I cannot count the number of times when I have been stopped by police or soldiers and been searched. I simply expect it, smile, and hand over my backpack or coat/jacket or whatever they want to search. I think little more about it, but simply assume the police are doing their job. I have noticed, however, how much this action of being stopped can upset other people and get them very angry….to the point where the situation can escalate. The thing is, that this happens in ALL countries. In the Middle East, I have been stopped in Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt. (Can’t remember being stopped in Syria.) I don’t take it as personal, but I’m surprised how often other people do.

      Jan 18, 2020 18:04 AM

      Regarding peace in the Middle East: The tribes have to cooperate together, and they would when given the right opportunity. The real issue is keeping the deep state/cabal/MIC from toppling governments and stealing their natural resources and putting in puppets to keep the Middle East destablized.
      Trump, Putin and many other leaders are not with the deep state, which is why we will see a Middle East peace agreement.

      The same people ‘Q’ educates the people about.

      Here’s a great article about ‘Q’.
      And video “plan to save the world”.

        Jan 18, 2020 18:57 AM

        You make a great point about leaders who are not part of The Deep State. The situation becomes even clearer when you factor in The Military Industrial Complex. Isn’t money an interesting motivator!

        Jan 18, 2020 18:55 AM

        I don’t believe there can be a Peace Treaty with Palestine, which is not a country (NEVER has been a country) and which still teaches hatred in its schools. It was always planned by the U.N. that Jordan would take refugees that wished to move out of the land given to Israel. Jordan was compensated for that. Unfortunately the political leaders at that time found it more profitable not to initiate movement of people and let the compensation flow down to the people and people quite naturally did not want to move. I don’t know if peaceful co-existence is possible now given the mindset of current generations. I have watched opinions not change much over 50 years and if anything worsen, not get better.

          Jan 19, 2020 19:00 AM

          Jordan was compensated for that. That particular comment from you is a great example of how corrupt many of the leaders in the Middle East actually remain. To me, that adds more fuel to Ron Paul’s argument that we should stay the heck out of there! Let them ruin their own society.

      Jan 18, 2020 18:53 AM

      You make a very good point, Professor.

      Jan 19, 2020 19:55 AM

      Your way of looking at this particular situation is, in my opinion, the only sane way to look at it.
      I am referring to your comment about the “search policies” in other countries.

    Jan 18, 2020 18:13 AM

    Excellent show…I think it is less a pure psycology ailment provoking and invoking the anger…But more simply a large portion of our populace is sufficiently suseptable to chronic relentless mass media propoganda…It IS reality to those sufficiently brainwashed…This alone is a very serious problem….Because, it is that brain washing that triggers the abnormal psychology rather than the reverse…IMHO

    Jan 18, 2020 18:02 PM

    Yasser Arafat’s Wealth !!!! Wake Up !

      Jan 18, 2020 18:40 PM

      I do think that the teaching of hatred could be eliminated.

        Jan 18, 2020 18:47 PM

        Lot of assholes out there Frankie. I do appreciate your comment

        Jan 18, 2020 18:21 PM

        “I do think that the teaching of hatred could be eliminated”

        I’m not sure it can be until there is a reformation in Islam.
        Any such introduction of tolerance into Islam is not a microsecond closer today than it was 60 years ago.

          Jan 18, 2020 18:34 PM

          It is hard to conceive that even before the first primary results are in Democrats may be headed towards a brokered convention.
          Already the Media is stacking the deck against Bernie Sanders, towards Pocahontas. It is, in my opinion, we could be headed towards a brokered convention to nominate HRC or Michelle Obama…..not that either would be elected.
          In the interim I should put another strike up against the Communist Bernie Sanders…..

    Jan 18, 2020 18:26 PM

    Newt Gingrich wrote a very potent article on this impeachment and is worth reading. I lost the link, but here is the article:

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., seemed giddy Wednesday as she announced the impeachment managers who would go to the Senate and attempt to prosecute a case against President Trump.“He’s been impeached forever,” Pelosi said. “They can never erase that.”
    However, Pelosi has it exactly backward. The Senate is going to refuse to convict President Trump. He will be exonerated, and she and the Democrats will be condemned by history.
    The wide repudiation of the House Democratic betrayal of the Constitution is already beginning. As a historian myself, I think it’s important to document these reactions.
    Consider historian Victor Davis Hanson’s analysis for the National Review, which was subtitled: “The new normal: Impeachment as a routine partisan tool, endless investigations, lying under oath with impunity, surveillance of political enemies, zero accountability.” This is hardly an endorsement of Pelosi’s trivialization of the Constitution.
    Abraham Lincoln scholar and highly respected historian Allen Guelzo asserted in The Wall Street Journal:
    [Charles] Pinckney and [Rufus] King might have been right in 1787. Americans prefer to choose their presidents with elections, and whenever impeachment is used in an attempt to nullify those choices, the results aren’t happy for anyone. That was true in 1868, and as both Andrew Johnson and his accusers might warn us, it remains true after a century and a half.”
    Clearly, Pelosi did not know enough history to understand the warnings of Pinckney and King or the sad end of the impeachment process against President Johnson.
    When he was interviewed by Arun Rath, Harvard law professor and ACLU liberal Alan Dershowitz commented:
    “Alexander Hamilton said that the greatest danger would be an impeachment that was based on who had the most votes in the House or removal based on who had the most votes in the Senate. And that’s precisely what we’re seeing happen, and the reason we’re seeing it is because of the use of open-ended criteria.
    Every controversial president since John Adams has been accused of abuse of power. And obstruction of Congress? That’s part of our system of checks and balances. …So, I think the House of Representatives violated the Constitution when they impeached him on these two grounds.”
    When testifying before by Congress, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley warned:
    “One can oppose President Trump’s policies or actions but still conclude that the current legal case for impeachment is not just woefully inadequate, but in some respects, dangerous, as the basis for the impeachment of an American president.”
    So, from these perspectives, it is Pelosi not Trump who threatens to undermine the Constitution.
    As former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy pointed out on Fox News, the Pelosi strategy is simply to “bruise President Trump with an unending stream of new impeachment allegations” in order to hurt his chances at reelection.
    McCarthy added that “after over 230 years, we have entered the era of partisan impeachment that the Framers feared. This is what it looks like.”
    So, McCarthy sees Pelosi behaving in exactly the unconstitutional and narrowly partisan manner the writers of the Constitution hoped to avoid. Again, it is Pelosi not Trump who is undermining the Constitution.
    In addition, The New York Post’s editorial board noted that “Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the world for years in his nonstop campaign to smear President Trump.” Their judgment is that it is Schiff, D-Calif., and not Trump, who has been a continuous serial liar.
    The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board summarized the disaster of Pelosi’s bid to delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, saying her move “further exposes how Democrats have defined impeachment down.
    The House hearings blocked GOP witnesses and limited cross-examination. Despite selective leaks and a pro-impeachment media, they failed to move public opinion or persuade Republicans that Mr. Trump committed impeachable offenses.”
    The Wall Street Journal editorial board went on to call Democrats’ actions “an abuse of the impeachment power” and reiterated that the things alleged in the articles of impeachment “aren’t close to impeachable.”
    Madison Gesiotto in The Hill called this “the flimsiest and most partisan impeachment in history.” In fact, as Pelosi played games with appointing impeachment managers, even senior Democrats began to lose patience. “The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes,” Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California told reporters. “If it is serious and urgent, send them over. If it is not, do not send it over.”
    Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine suggested that the delays were wrong. As she put it, “doesn’t that suggest that the House did an incomplete job, then?”
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., neatly summarized the Democratic House-created calamity in his floor statement Thursday, saying “it was a transparently partisan performance from beginning to end.”
    McConnell went on to remind the country of the Founding Fathers’ fears of exactly the kind of narrow bitter partisanship Pelosi has been displaying.
    Paraphrasing Alexander Hamilton, McConnell warned that “blinded by factionalism, the House of Representatives would abuse the power of impeachment to serve nakedly partisan goals rather than the long-term interests of the American people and their Republic.”
    Finally, it’s clear the House Democrats have failed utterly to live up to the standard of prosecution set out by former Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson (who served as chief prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials). Jackson cautioned the Conference of United States Attorneys on April 1, 1940:
    “With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone. In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it, it is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him. It is in this realm in which the prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass or selects some group of unpopular persons and then looks for an offense, that the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies. It is here that law enforcement becomes personal, and the real crime becomes that of being unpopular with the predominant or governing group, being attached to the wrong political views, or being personally obnoxious to or in the way of the prosecutor himself.”
    So no, Nancy, President Trump does not have to fear the judgment of history on this impeachment effort. The judgment of history is going to be that a group of scoundrels in control of the U.S. House of Representatives placed partisan interests above the country, undermined the Constitution, weakened America in the world, and lied about the duly elected president of the United States.
    This will become Pelosi’s moment of shame, and Trump’s moment of redemption.

    Jan 18, 2020 18:44 PM

    This may be the World’s biggest problem on the horizon:
    (Not a collapse of the Stock Market. Not a collapse of the monetary systems.)

      Jan 19, 2020 19:48 AM

      All I can say is that, “I was never planning on supporting Biden” It is hard to believe that any person can be that corrupt. But, with the information coming out about Hunter

    Jan 19, 2020 19:07 AM

    Scathing article with a great (short) video at the end.

      Jan 19, 2020 19:30 AM


      I have to assume that this particular website is simply “bullshit” can you prove me wrong? If you can, I encourage you to do so. Thanks

        Jan 19, 2020 19:56 PM

        If you go back and research their articles, you will find they are correct quite a bit. And they are wrong sometime too.

        This site is good. I wouldn’t call it bullshit because the last few “economic experts” (guests) said that the China trade deal was nothing. However, if the China currency rises against the dollar causing the trade deficit to ‘balance’ would be [ Is Being ] a massive breakthrough from decades of losses! But hey, let’s not talk about economics or the USMCA for that matter.
        If I called bullshit every time I thought it from an article or a ‘self-appointed’ expert, I’d be busy writing some negative stuff. 🤔 Oops

    Jan 19, 2020 19:41 AM

    Here is all you need to know about BIDEN & FAMILY………….CROOKS…like all politicians.
    Hope this does not ruin the podcast…….. 🙂

      Jan 19, 2020 19:53 AM

      Consider the case of HillStone International, a subsidiary of the huge construction management firm, Hill International. The president of HillStone International was Kevin Justice, who grew up in Delaware and was a longtime Biden family friend. On November 4, 2010, according to White House visitors’ logs, Justice visited the White House and met with Biden adviser Michele Smith in the Office of the Vice President.

      Less than three weeks later, HillStone announced that James Biden would be joining the firm as an executive vice president. James appeared to have little or no background in housing construction, but that did not seem to matter to HillStone. His bio on the company’s website noted his “40 years of experience dealing with principals in business, political, legal and financial circles across the nation and internationally…”

      James Biden was joining HillStone just as the firm was starting negotiations to win a massive contract in war-torn Iraq. Six months later, the firm announced a contract to build 100,000 homes. It was part of a $35 billion, 500,000-unit project deal won by TRAC Development, a South Korean company. HillStone also received a $22 million U.S. federal government contract to manage a construction project for the State Department. -Peter Schweizer, via NY Post

      According to Fox Business’s Charlie Gasparino in 2012, HillStone’s Iraq project was expected to “generate $1.5 billion in revenues over the next three years,” more than tripling their revenue. According to the report, James Biden split roughly $735 million with a group of minority partners.

      David Richter – the son of HillStone’s parent company’s founder – allegedly told investors at a private meeting; it really helps to have “the brother of the vice president as a partner.”

      Unfortunately for James, HillStone had to back out of the major contract in 2013 over a series of problems, including a lack of experience – but the company maintained “significant contract work in the embattled country” of Iraq, including a six-year contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

      In the ensuing years, James Biden profited off of Hill’s lucrative contracts for dozens of projects in the US, Puerto Rico, Mozambique and elsewhere.

      Frank Biden, another one of Joe’s brothers (who said the Pennsylvania Bidens voted for Trump over Hillary), profited handsomely on real estate, casinos, and solar power projects after Joe was picked as Obma’s point man in Latin America and the Caribbean.

      Months after Joe visited Costa Rica, Frank partnered with developer Craig Williamson and the Guanacaste Country Club on a deal which appears to be ongoing.

      In real terms, Frank’s dream was to build in the jungles of Costa Rica thousands of homes, a world-class golf course, casinos, and an anti-aging center. The Costa Rican government was eager to cooperate with the vice president’s brother.

      As it happened, Joe Biden had been asked by President Obama to act as the Administration’s point man in Latin America and the Caribbean.

      Frank’s vision for a country club in Costa Rica received support from the highest levels of the Costa Rican government— despite his lack of experience in building such developments. He met with the Costa Rican ministers of education and energy and environment, as well as the president of the country. -NY Post

      And in 2016, the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education inked a deal with Frank’s Company, Sun Fund Americas to install solar power facilities across the country – a project the Obama administration’s OPIC authorized $6.5 million in taxpayer funds to support.

      This went hand-in-hand with a solar initiative Joe Biden announced two years earlier, in which “American taxpayer dollars were dedicated to facilitating deals that matched U.S. government financing with local energy projects in Caribbean countries, including Jamaica,” known as the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI).

      Frank Biden’s Sun Fund Americas announced later that it had signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to build a 20-megawatt solar facility in Jamaica.

      Valerie Biden-Owens, Joe’s sister, has run all of her brother’s Senate campaigns – as well as his 1988 and 2008 presidential runs.

      She was also a senior partner in political messaging firm Joe Slade White & Company, where she and Slade White were listed as the only two executives at the time.

      According to Schweizer, “The firm received large fees from the Biden campaigns that Valerie was running. Two and a half million dollars in consulting fees flowed to her firm from Citizens for Biden and Biden For President Inc. during the 2008 presidential bid alone.”

      Dr. Howard Krein – Joe Biden’s son-in-law, is the chief medical officer of StartUp Health – a medical investment consultancy that was barely up and running when, in June 2011, two of the company’s execs met with Joe Biden and former President Obama in the Oval Office.


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      The next day, the company was included in a prestigious health care tech conference run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – while StartUp Health executives became regular White House visitors between 2011 and 2015.

      StartUp Health offers to provide new companies technical and relationship advice in exchange for a stake in the business. Demonstrating and highlighting the fact that you can score a meeting with the president of the United States certainly helps prove a strategic company asset: high-level contacts. -NY Post

      Speaking of his homie hookup, Krein described how his company gained access to the highest levels of power in D.C.:

      “I happened to be talking to my father-in-law that day and I mentioned Steve and Unity were down there [in Washington, D.C.],” recalled Howard Krein. “He knew about StartUp Health and was a big fan of it. He asked for Steve’s number and said, ‘I have to get them up here to talk with Barack.’ The Secret Service came and got Steve and Unity and brought them to the Oval Office.”

      And then, of course, there’s Hunter Biden – who was paid millions of dollars to sit on the board of Ukrainian energy giant Burisma while his father was Obama’s point man in the country.

      But it goes far beyond that for the young crack enthusiast.

      With the election of his father as vice president, Hunter Biden launched businesses fused to his father’s power that led him to lucrative deals with a rogue’s gallery of governments and oligarchs around the world. Sometimes he would hitch a prominent ride with his father aboard Air Force Two to visit a country where he was courting business. Other times, the deals would be done more discreetly. Always they involved foreign entities that appeared to be seeking something from his father.

      There was, for example, Hunter’s involvement with an entity called Burnham Financial Group, where his business partner Devon Archer — who’d been at Yale with Hunter — sat on the board of directors. Burnham became the vehicle for a number of murky deals abroad, involving connected oligarchs in Kazakhstan and state-owned businesses in China.

      But one of the most troubling Burnham ventures was here in the United States, in which Burnham became the center of a federal investigation involving a $60 million fraud scheme against one of the poorest Indian tribes in America, the Oglala Sioux.

      Devon Archer was arrested in New York in May 2016 and charged with “orchestrating a scheme to defraud investors and a Native American tribal entity of tens of millions of dollars.” Other victims of the fraud included several public and union pension plans. Although Hunter Biden was not charged in the case, his fingerprints were all over Burnham. The “legitimacy” that his name and political status as the vice president’s son lent to the plan was brought up repeatedly in the trial. -NY Post

        Jan 19, 2020 19:20 AM

        Keep em coming Jerry and please note my additional comment regarding my policy of posting everything and attempting to opine on everything

          Jan 19, 2020 19:29 PM

          Thanks for the follow up………appreciate……..

            Jan 19, 2020 19:44 PM

            See my reply above and it represents my “key to sanity”!

      Jan 19, 2020 19:24 AM

      I completely over-reacted Jerry. Please keep all of your comments coming in.

        Jan 19, 2020 19:35 PM

        No problem…….everyone is entitled to a few bad moments……….

          Jan 19, 2020 19:42 PM

          I am having too many and my only defense is God who certainly helps much!

            Jan 19, 2020 19:37 PM

            Ephesians 2…….KJV

    Jan 19, 2020 19:05 PM

    Of course, the corruption in California is even much worse than Illinois, where politicians took over from Al Capone and his ilk.
    In Illinois the corruption is a little bit hidden….you actually have to look to find it. E.g. Obama buying land and getting it rezoned by friends for a quick $1 million profit. (Right at the start of his Federal career.) In California the Democrat leaders don’t even bother to hide anything. They treat “political favors” as a birthright. (Of, course, that’s why the State is bankrupt.)

      Jan 19, 2020 19:41 PM

      Considering the subject represents two of the most populous states in the country, these opinions are very important. Harbinger of the future for us all?

    Jan 19, 2020 19:29 PM

    Meanwhile, both Iran and more recently Turkey are causing problems in the Middle East:

    Jan 19, 2020 19:51 PM

    Meanwhile in Baltimore:
    Video surfaced late Friday night of a city police officer being kicked and punched by a crowd of people as he struggled with a suspect on the ground. The officer was not seriously injured during the attack, and the crowd eventually dispersed.

    A city Racially-polarized by a series of Democrat corrupt politicians

      Jan 19, 2020 19:25 PM

      Started with Pelosi and relatives………..Mob Pelosi…….go back and check when her dad ran Baltimore…….

        Jan 19, 2020 19:30 PM

        Many remember how Hugh Rodham raised the perfect criminal politician. Well, here is another story of how a former crime hoodlum raised the perfect criminal politician.

        Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. was a US Congressman for five terms from 1938 to 1947 and Baltimore mayor for three terms 1947 to 1959. He had underworld connections with the following:

        Baltimore Hoodlums

        Benjamin “Benny Trotta” Magliano

        Frankie Carbo

        Lucchese family

        John Cataneo

        Charles F. Cammarata

        American Ship Cleaning Company

        Peter Galiano


        and Dominic Piracci whose daughter Margaret married his son Thomas III

        It has been published that the former gangster Lucky Luciano teamed up with Jewish crime kingpin Meyer Lansky, and while acting as mayor of Baltimore, D’Alesandro ran

        Jan 19, 2020 19:32 PM

        crime kingpin Meyer Lansky, and while acting as mayor of Baltimore, D’Alesandro ran drugs through Baltimore. [1] [2]

        His granddaughter Christine Paule Kaufman has been on record saying this about her mother; D’Alesandro’s daughter : “She’ll cut your head off, and you won’t even know you’re bleeding. That’s all you need to know about her.” [3]

        D’Alesandro’s daughter made her debut with America’s sweetheart President John F Kennedy.

        She is none other than Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi. Born on March 26, 1940 in Baltimore Maryland, she is the daughter of Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. and Annunciata M. aka Nancy D’Alesandro. Her husband is Paul Pelosi.

        True to the syndicate, her son also named Paul Pelosi in July of 2014 was charged with The Securities and Exchange Commission with fraud after learning that two convicted criminals were running his business. [4]

        House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who promised a new era of ethics enforcement in the House of Representatives is known for:

        Jan 19, 2020 19:34 PM

        Facing controversy for failing to report transportation costs paid by American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Chinese government

        Connections to 2006 Scandal with suspicions over influence peddling wiretaps on Rep. Harman’s appointment to the House Intelligence Committee.

        A relationship with Robert DeMonte Billion Dollar heroin bust at a Hayward, CA warehouse in the Bay Area.

        Connections to globalists colleague John Stewart and Another less-than-reputable Pelosi colleague and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

        Involvement in the Presido Partners with Gorbachev dubbed the “Pacific Heights mafia”.

        Connections to Presidio Trust introduced by Pelosi in 1996 and now managed by globalist John Stewart

        Connections to Gorbachev and his Agenda 21 conference of global elitists

        Promoting “Obamacare” & Social Justice (redistribution of wealth)

        Sneaking a $25 million gift to her husband, Paul Pelosi, in a $15 billion Water Resources Development Act passed by Congress

        Pelosi’s Act supported the pet project involved in renovating ports in Speaker Pelosi’s home base of San Francisco.

    Jan 19, 2020 19:14 PM

    I believe the decision was actually made at the Presidential level.

    Jan 19, 2020 19:19 PM
    Countries reach agreement in Berlin on Libya cease-fire push, arms embargo
    BY JUSTINE COLEMAN – 01/19/20 04:18 PM EST 52

    Countries reach agreement in Berlin on Libya cease-fire push, arms embargo
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    World leaders reached an agreement to push for a cease-fire in Libya and to more strictly enforce the arms embargo on the warring parties in the country, officials announced Sunday.

    Leaders from 11 countries involved in the Libya dispute discussed for four hours in Berlin ways to alleviate the conflict, The Associated Press reported. The leaders of the two feuding sides in Libya were in the German capital but did not meet face-to-face or join the negotiations.

    “We had to succeed in getting all the parties that connected in any way with the Libya conflict to speak with one voice … because then the parties inside Libya will also understand that there is only a non-military way to a solution,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, according to the AP. “We achieved this result here.”