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  • Sanders: We Must End Over-Policing in African-American Neighborhoods

    02/12/2016 9:32:08 PM PST · 10 of 68
    Zhang Fei to 2ndDivisionVet

    Maybe this is Sanders’s backhanded way of supporting eugenics.

  • 12,000 Trump supporters doing the "wave" in Tampa today. That's a movement, folks.

    02/12/2016 8:55:58 PM PST · 31 of 104
    Zhang Fei to springwater13

    One People, One Nation, One Leader.

  • Just a fraction of the world's oil supply isn't profitable at $35 a barrel

    02/12/2016 8:50:29 PM PST · 15 of 19
    Zhang Fei to Mr. Lucky
    Not that it's a big deal, But at even 15 knots, a tanker takes 30 days from Umm Qasr to Houston. With the US lifting the prohibition on the export of US crude, would you expect WTI to eventually trade at a premium to Dubai crude?

    You'll find that Newark, NJ is substantially closer (>10%) to the Cape of Good Hope than Houston, TX. I expect (apart from first mover advantage) and hurricane-free weather, that's why New York City was the major seaport for the East Coast since the 13 colonies period. As to WTI vs Brent, the rail or truck transportation cost is there whether or not WTI is sold abroad, and the spread has in fact narrowed to a few bucks a barrel from a peak of about $23, thanks to improved domestic infrastructure for transporting WTI.

    It's just really hard to beat ocean transportation costs on very large ships. It's cheaper to transport a shipping container from Shanghai to New York than it is to transport it by truck from San Francisco to New York. Heck, I read that it's cheaper to ship a container by sea from Shanghai to New York than to ship it from Shanghai to Los Angeles, and then transfer it to a US-flagged ship heading to New York (thanks to the Jones Act).

  • No escape? China's crackdown on dissent goes global

    02/12/2016 8:27:27 PM PST · 5 of 13
    Zhang Fei to JoeProBono

    That guy had a pair on him.

  • No escape? China's crackdown on dissent goes global

    02/12/2016 7:47:25 PM PST · 1 of 13
    Zhang Fei
    It appears that the Thai government is in the pocket of China's Communist Party, and that the "One Country, Two Systems" policy that was supposed to apply to Hong Kong is a fiction, at least when it comes to Chinese dissidents sheltering in Hong Kong.
  • Just a fraction of the world's oil supply isn't profitable at $35 a barrel

    02/12/2016 1:55:46 PM PST · 10 of 19
    Zhang Fei to Mr. Lucky
    I would guess that ocean freight from the Persian Gulf to the civilized world would exceed $3 per barrel.

    A VLCC that can transport 2m barrels of crude from Dubai to Newark would take about 30 days to complete the journey, at a rate of about $100K a day. That's $3m divided by 2m barrels, or about $1.50 per barrel. In contrast, fracked oil that has to be transported by rail inside these United States, from point of extraction to storage facilities, involves rail transport costs of $10 to $15 a barrel. That's part of the reason why WTI is consistently a few dollars less than than Brent, despite the fact that WTI is easier to refine.

  • Just a fraction of the world's oil supply isn't profitable at $35 a barrel

    02/12/2016 1:00:54 PM PST · 7 of 19
    Zhang Fei to MAexile
    Profitable could mean the cost per barrel is $32 to $33. I think the Saudis would like to make a little bit more than $2-3/barrel.

    Saudi costs average about $3.

  • Just a fraction of the world's oil supply isn't profitable at $35 a barrel

    02/12/2016 12:52:48 PM PST · 1 of 19
    Zhang Fei
    Gasoline prices may stay around the $1.50 mark longer than anyone thought.
  • Roots miniseries remake gets intense first trailer

    02/12/2016 10:28:19 AM PST · 40 of 53
    Zhang Fei to rktman
    Harold Courlander, a white guy, is the real author of "Roots", from whose novel, "The African", Haley plagiarized substantially the entire book:

    From Wikipedia:

    Courlander wrote seven novels, his most famous being The African, published in 1967. The novel was the story of a slave's capture in Africa, his experiences aboard a slave ship, and his struggle to retain his native culture in a hostile new world. In 1978, Courlander filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charging that Alex Haley, the author of Roots, had copied 81 passages from his novel.[3] Courlander's pre-trial memorandum in the copyright infringement lawsuit claimed: "Defendant Haley had access to and substantially copied from The African. Without The African, Roots would have been a very different and less successful novel, and indeed it is doubtful that Mr. Haley could have written Roots without The African.... Mr. Haley copied language, thoughts, attitudes, incidents, situations, plot and character."[4]

    In his Expert Witness Report submitted to federal court, Professor of English Michael Wood of Columbia University stated: "The evidence of copying from The African in both the novel and the television dramatization of Roots is clear and irrefutable. The copying is significant and extensive. ... Roots... plainly uses The African as a model: as something to be copied at some times, and at other times to be modified, but always it seems, to be consulted. ... Roots takes from The African phrases, situations, ideas, aspects of style and plot. Roots finds in The African essential elements for its depiction of such things as a slave's thoughts of escape, the psychology of an old slave, the habits of mind of the hero, and the whole sense of life on an infamous slave ship. Such things are the life of a novel; and when they appear in Roots, they are the life of someone else's novel."[5]

    After a five-week trial in federal district court, Courlander and Haley settled the case with a financial settlement and a statement that "Alex Haley acknowledges and regrets that various materials from The African by Harold Courlander found their way into his book, Roots."[6]

    During the trial, presiding U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Ward stated, "Copying there is, period."[7]

    During the trial, Alex Haley had maintained that he had not read The African before writing Roots. Shortly after the trial, however, a minority studies teacher at Skidmore College, Joseph Bruchac, came forward and swore in an affidavit that he had discussed The African with Haley in 1970 or 1971 and had given his own personal copy of The African to Haley, events that took place a good number of years prior to the publication of Roots.[8]

  • Trump question leaves House Republican stumbling

    02/11/2016 9:04:43 PM PST · 19 of 32
    Zhang Fei to lee martell
    Sanford definitely doesn’t want Donald talking negative about his past, so he’ll play it close to the vest for now.

    Given the Donald's record as a serial adulterer, and with married women, I expect he won't be going after Sanford on the subject of sins of the flesh.

  • Marco Rubio slams opponents by name in South Carolina

    02/11/2016 3:10:07 PM PST · 10 of 21
    Zhang Fei to 2ndDivisionVet

    “What a laff riot.”


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/15/who-said-what-and-what-it-meant-the-fifth-gop-debate-annotated/
    HEWITT: Mr. Trump...

    (APPLAUSE)

    ... Dr. Carson just referenced the single most important job of the president, the command, the control and the care of our nuclear forces. And he mentioned the triad. The B-52s are older than I am. The missiles are old. The submarines are aging out. It’s an executive order. It’s a commander-in-chief decision.

    What’s your priority among our nuclear triad?

    TRUMP: Well, first of all, I think we need somebody absolutely that we can trust, who is totally responsible; who really knows what he or she is doing. That is so powerful and so important. And one of the things that I’m frankly most proud of is that in 2003, 2004, I was totally against going into Iraq because you’re going to destabilize the Middle East. I called it. I called it very strongly. And it was very important.

    But we have to be extremely vigilant and extremely careful when it comes to nuclear. Nuclear changes the whole ball game. Frankly, I would have said get out of Syria; get out — if we didn’t have the power of weaponry today. The power is so massive that we can’t just leave areas that 50 years ago or 75 years ago we wouldn’t care. It was hand-to-hand combat.

    The biggest problem this world has today is not President Obama with global warming, which is inconceivable, this is what he’s saying. The biggest problem we have is nuclear — nuclear proliferation and having some maniac, having some madman go out and get a nuclear weapon. That’s in my opinion, that is the single biggest problem that our country faces right now.

    HEWITT: Of the three legs of the triad, though, do you have a priority? I want to go to Senator Rubio after that and ask him.

    TRUMP: I think — I think, for me, nuclear is just the power, the devastation is very important to me.

    HEWITT: Senator Rubio, do you have a response?

    RUBIO: I do. First, let’s explain to people at home who the triad — what the triad is. Maybe a lot of people haven’t heard that terminology before. The triad is our ability of the United States to conduct nuclear attacks using airplanes, using missiles launched from silos or from the ground, and also from our nuclear subs’ ability to attack. And it’s important — all three of them are critical. It gives us the ability at deterrence.

    Now, some have become more critical than others; for example, the submarines. And that’s the Ohio Class submarine that needs to be modernized. The air component also needs to be modernized. The B-52, as someone earlier pointed out, is an outdated model that was flown by the grandparents of people that are flying it now. And we need a serious modernization program as well on our silo-launched missiles. All three are critical for the defense of the country.

  • What War With China Would Look Like

    02/10/2016 8:48:13 PM PST · 14 of 62
    Zhang Fei to Zhang Fei
    From the article, China's Map of National Shame:

    It appears to cover a huge chunk of Soviet Central Asia, aka the stans, as well as all of mainland Southeast Asia. Considering that Chinese emperors used to claim to rule "All Under Heaven", it will be interesting to see how far future Chinese leaders choose to take the recent incremental expansion of Chinese territorial claims.

  • What War With China Would Look Like

    02/10/2016 8:41:02 PM PST · 10 of 62
    Zhang Fei to Mark17
    Red Dawn?

    I'm definitely getting on in years. First, it was the average movie actor being decades younger. Now it's people who've never heard of Red Dawn.

  • What War With China Would Look Like

    02/10/2016 8:25:44 PM PST · 1 of 62
    Zhang Fei
  • For Marco Rubio being right on Barack Obama was a Pyrrhic victory

    02/10/2016 4:33:08 PM PST · 12 of 15
    Zhang Fei to ETL
    A critical point like that often needs to be repeated. What bothered me was the way fat boy pretended like he didn't know what Rubio meant and used that critically important point to get across to the American people against him. That's real sleaze ball stuff. It helped to cover up the fact of what Obama and co are doing to the country.

    Christie hugged Obama. Attributing Obama's moves to inexperience and incompetence rather than the malice it is - that's just one sleazeball (Christie) covering for another (Obama). What I find amusing is that none of the candidates attacked Trump. They must really be afraid of him.

  • Jeb Bush fundraisers celebrate after New Hampshire

    02/10/2016 2:34:06 PM PST · 9 of 13
    Zhang Fei to 2ndDivisionVet

    Don’t count Bush out. Christie and Fiorina are out. If he had Christie’s and Fiorina’s voters in NH, he would have placed 2nd. Some of Trump’s voters are probably the middle of the road Republicans who did not want to waste their vote on a no-hoper. The exit of these two may prove to be Bush’s Lazarus moment.

  • New Hampshire Was A Very Good Night For Ted Cruz: Watch this guy

    02/09/2016 11:20:49 PM PST · 8 of 59
    Zhang Fei to 2ndDivisionVet

    From a commenter:

    Cruz won by not losing big. I may not have these numbers exactly right but I think I am in the right ball park. Cruz spent like $500,000 on commercials in NH to come in third while Bush spent like $37,000,000 to come in fourth. Kasich put all his eggs into NH to come in second far behind Trump and not much ahead of Cruz. If you don’t think that is a win for Cruz, you lack imagination. The real test will be South Carolina where Cruz has been making an effort.

  • Trump Wins Every Demographic, Including Beating Cruz by 12% for "very conservative" voters

    02/09/2016 10:21:09 PM PST · 31 of 218
    Zhang Fei to Greetings_Puny_Humans
    35% is not a very impressive number for a northeastern liberal who's practically a native son of NH:

    Primary date Winner Runners-Up
    February 9, 2016 Businessman Donald Trump Governor John Kasich, Senator Ted Cruz, former Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christie, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson
    January 10, 2012 Former Governor Mitt Romney (39.26%) Congressman Ron Paul (22.89%), Governor Jon Huntsman (16.89%), Senator Rick Santorum (9.43%), former Speaker Newt Gingrich (9.43%), Governor Rick Perry (0.71%)[51]
    January 8, 2008 Senator John McCain (37.00%) Former Governor Mitt Romney (31.55%), former Governor Mike Huckabee (11.23%), former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (8.48%), Congressman Ron Paul (7.65%), former Senator Fred Thompson (1.23%), Senator Barack Obama (0.83%), Senator Hillary Clinton (0.76%), Congressman Duncan Hunter (0.50%)[52]
    January 27, 2004 President George W. Bush (80.96%) No other candidate received 5%[53]
    February 1, 2000 Senator John McCain (48.59%) Governor George W. Bush (30.39%), Malcolm S. "Steve" Forbes, Jr. (12.68%) and former Ambassador Alan Keyes (6.38%)[54]
    February 20, 1996 Pat Buchanan (27.26%) Senator Bob Dole (26.23%), Governor A. Lamar Alexander (22.60%), Steve Forbes (12.24%), Senator Richard G. "Dick" Lugar (5.19%), former Ambassador Alan Keyes (2.67%) and Morry Taylor (1.4%)[55]
    February 18, 1992 President George H. W. Bush (53.19%) Patrick J. "Pat" Buchanan (37.53%)[31]
    February 16, 1988 Vice President George H. W. Bush (37.70%) Senator Bob Dole (28.48%), Congressman Jack F. Kemp, Jr. (12.79%), former Governor Pierre S. "Pete" du Pont IV (10.10%), and Reverend Marion G. "Pat" Robertson (9.40%)[56]
    February 28, 1984 President Ronald Reagan (86.42%) Only Democrat Gary Hart (5.27%) and former Governor Harold E. Stassen (2.06%) also polled more than 2%[33]
    February 26, 1980 Former Governor Ronald Reagan (49.86%) Ambassador George H. W. Bush (22.94%), Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. (12.98%), Congressman John B. Anderson (9.91%), Congressman Philip M. "Phil" Crane (1.80%), Governor John B. Connally (1.54%) and Senator Bob Dole (0.42%)[34]
    February 24, 1976 President Gerald R. Ford (50.06%) Former Governor Ronald Reagan (48.62%)[35]
    March 7, 1972 President Richard Nixon (67.61%) Congressman Paul N. "Pete" McCloskey, Jr. (19.79%) and Congressman John M. Ashbrook (9.69%)[57]
    March 12, 1968 Former Vice President Richard Nixon (77.61%) Governor Nelson Rockefeller (10.82%), Senator Eugene McCarthy (5.30%), President Lyndon B. Johnson (1.71%), Governor George Romney (1.68%)[58]
    March 10, 1964 Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.* (35.54%) Senator Barry M. Goldwater (22.28%), Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller (21.99%), and former Vice President Richard Nixon (16.78%)[59]
    March 8, 1960 Vice President Richard Nixon (89.28%) The next highest candidate was Governor Nelson Rockefeller (3.76%)[60]
    March 13, 1956 President Dwight D. Eisenhower (94.11%) Of the the more than 57,000 GOP votes cast only 600 were not for Eisenhower[61]
    March 11, 1952 General Dwight D. Eisenhower (56.31%) Senator Robert A. Taft (31,18%), former Governor Harold E. Stassen (7.93%) and General Douglas MacArthur (3.89%)[62]
  • How the Chinese Basketball Association Became the Hot Destination for NBA Talent

    02/08/2016 9:50:14 PM PST · 1 of 9
    Zhang Fei
  • Michael Bloomberg says he is actively considering running for president as an independent

    02/08/2016 2:09:43 PM PST · 1 of 58
    Zhang Fei
    There had been rumbles before, but this is the first time that Bloomberg has said this for attribution to a major publication like the Financial Times. Given that ballot deadlines are looming in the beginning of March, he's probably getting people lined up, just in case. Considering the billion (or more) dollars that a campaign will require, he will probably delay making a decision until the last possible minute.
  • Cam Newton now must face a sickening reality

    02/07/2016 8:33:32 PM PST · 32 of 119
    Zhang Fei to TruthWillWin
    Yep, he is forever going to regret not diving on that fumble at the end of the game. What was he thinking?

    If that gorilla lands on me, I might never walk again?

  • How Donald Trump Broke the GOP’s Music Curse (he keeps playing Adele even after she complains)

    02/07/2016 10:41:30 AM PST · 41 of 149
    Zhang Fei to DoodleDawg
    No but it doesn't look great when she makes it clear he's doing it without permission and then publicly repudiates him. Makes him look like jerk.

    Actually, the "artistes" are grandstanding jerks, since he's doing it with legal, paid-for permission. I'm glad Trump is taking a stand here. Here's to hoping he makes clear to the public that they are being drama queens, so GOP pols can play whatever they want at campaign events. This is another expansion of the Overton window that Trump has pioneered. He deserves a hearty round of applause for this move. I think Trump is a nogoodnik (that I'll vote for if he is nominated) relative to Ted Cruz, but these showbiz wastrels need to be put in their place.

  • The (new) Donald — Trumpelstiltskin

    02/05/2016 9:16:38 PM PST · 1 of 70
    Zhang Fei
  • Saudi Arabia willing to send ground troops to Syria

    02/05/2016 2:25:16 PM PST · 23 of 27
    Zhang Fei to MinorityRepublican

    Battle of Khafji (Desert Storm):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Khafji


    Distressed by the occupation of Khafji, Saudi commander General Khaled bin Sultan appealed to American General Norman Schwarzkopf for an immediate air campaign against Iraqi forces in and around the city. However this was turned down because the buildings will make it difficult for aircraft to spot targets without getting too close. It was instead decided that the city would be retaken by Arab ground forces.[75] The task fell to the 2nd Saudi Arabian National Guard Brigade’s 7th Battalion, composed of Saudi infantry and two Qatari tank companies attached to the task force.[76] These were supported by U.S. Army Special Forces and Marine Reconnaissance personnel.[77]

    The force was put under the command of Saudi Lieutenant Colonel Matar, who moved out by 17:00 hours. The force met up with elements of the U.S. 3rd Marine Regiment, south of Khafji, and were ordered to directly attack the city.[78] The engagement of that night was to be the first battle the Qatari Army had seen in its entire history.[79] A platoon of Iraqi T-55s attacked a Qatari tank company south of the city, leading to the destruction of three T-55s by Qatari AMX-30s, and the capture of a fourth Iraqi tank.[80] Lacking any coordinated artillery support,[79] artillery fire was provided by the 10th Marine Regiment.[80]

    An initial attack on the city was called off after the Iraqi occupants opened up with heavy fire, prompting the Saudis to reinforce the 7th Battalion with two more companies from adjacent Saudi units.[81] The attempt to retake the city had been preceded by a 15-minute preparatory fire from U.S. Marine artillery. However Iraqi fire did manage to destroy one Saudi V-150 armored personnel carrier.[82]

    Meanwhile, 2nd Saudi Arabian National Guard Brigade’s 5th Battalion moved north of Khafji to block Iraqi reinforcements attempting to reach the city. This unit was further bolstered by the 8th Ministry of Defense and Aviation Brigade, and heavily aided by Coalition air support. Although fear of friendly fire forced the 8th Ministry of Defense and Aviation Brigade to pull back the following morning, Coalition aircraft successfully hindered Iraqi attempts to move more soldiers down to Khafji and caused large numbers of Iraqi troops to surrender to Saudi forces.[82]

    That night, two U.S. Army heavy equipment transporters entered the city of Khafji, apparently lost, and were fired upon by Iraqi troops. Although one truck managed to turn around and escape, the two drivers of the second truck were wounded and captured. This led to a rescue mission organized by 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment, which sent a force of 30 men to extract the two wounded drivers. Although encountering no major opposition, they did not find the two drivers who had, by this time, been taken prisoner. The Marines did find a burnt out Qatari AMX-30, with its dead crew.[83] That same night, a U.S. Air Force AC-130 was shot down by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile (SAM), killing the aircraft’s crew of 14.[84]

    The interdiction on the part of Coalition aircraft and Saudi and Qatari ground forces was having an effect on the occupying Iraqi troops. Referring to Saddam Hussein’s naming of the ground engagement as the “mother of all battles”, Iraqi General Salah radioed in a request to withdraw, stating, “The mother was killing her children.”[85] Since the beginning of the battle, Coalition aircraft had flown at least 350 sorties against Iraqi units in the area and on the night of 30-31 January, Coalition air support also began to attack units of the Iraqi Third Corps assembled on the Saudi border.[86]
    Recapture of Khafji: 31 January - 1 February

    On 31 January, the effort to retake the city began anew. The attack was launched at 08:30 hours, and was met by inaccurate Iraqi fire which knocked-out two Saudi V-150 wheeled vehicles.[87] The 8th battalion of the Saudi brigade was ordered to deploy to the city by 10:00 hours, while 5th Battalion to the north engaged another column of Iraqi tanks attempting to reach the city. The latter engagement led to the destruction of around 13 Iraqi tanks and armored personnel carriers, and the capture of 6 more vehicles and 116 Iraqi soldiers, costing the Saudi battalion two dead and two wounded. The 8th Battalion engaged the city from the northeast, linking up with 7th Battalion. These units cleared the southern portion of the city, until 7th Battalion withdrew south to rest and rearm at 18:30 hours, while the 8th remained in Khafji.[88]

    The 8th continued clearing buildings and by the time the 7th had withdrawn to the south, the Saudis had lost approximately 18 dead and 50 wounded, as well as seven V-150 vehicles. Coalition aircraft continued to provide heavy support throughout the day and night.[89] A veteran of the Iran-Iraq War later mentioned that Coalition airpower “imposed more damage on his brigade in half an hour than it had sustained in eight years of fighting against the Iranians.”[90] During the battle, an Iraqi amphibious force was sent to land on the coast and move into Khafji. As the boats made their way through the Persian Gulf towards Khafji, American and British aircraft caught the Iraqi boats in the open and largely destroyed the Iraqi amphibious force.[91]

    The Saudi and Qatari units renewed operations the following day. Two Iraqi companies, with about 20 armored vehicles, remained in the city and had not attempted to break out during the night. While the Saudi 8th Battalion continued operations in the southern portion of the city, the 7th Battalion began to clear the northern sector of the city. Iraqi resistance was sporadic and most Iraqi soldiers surrendered on sight; as a result, the city was recaptured on 1 February 1991.[92]

  • Turkey Is Preparing To Invade Syria And Will Commence War With Russia And Spark World War III

    02/05/2016 10:51:06 AM PST · 55 of 87
    Zhang Fei to amorphous
    And if that doesn't do it, don't be surprised if Russia arms these missiles with tactical nukes - Putin has already hinted that it might become necessary to use them. And, IMO, Putin will do what ever it takes to keep Syria from becoming an Islamic state - even if it means the total destruction of Syria (Isaiah 17).

    The Russians won't cross this red line. Because it would result in the destruction of the Russian military via nuclear attack. Anything less would mean the dissolution of NATO.

  • Turkey Is Preparing To Invade Syria And Will Commence War With Russia And Spark World War III

    02/05/2016 10:07:00 AM PST · 22 of 87
    Zhang Fei to demshateGod
    I like Shoebat’s worldview, but a lot of what he says turns out to not be true.

    I think he's just putting out creative fiction for his excitable fans. If you asked him to show that he really believes what he's saying by committing to a bet on each prediction, he'd probably say no.

  • Turkey Is Preparing To Invade Syria And Will Commence War With Russia And Spark World War III

    02/05/2016 10:04:27 AM PST · 18 of 87
    Zhang Fei to amorphous
    I doubt Shoebat really believes what he's saying. If Turkey invades Syria, the Russians will probably get steamrolled, because Turkey is one of the more capable NATO members and has local superiority in numbers and equipment. Russia will also have significant difficulty with resupply.

    Unless Russia counters Turkey's move by invading Turkey itself, WWIII's not happening, because NATO primarily commits to defending the territorial integrity of its members against foreign aggression. I don't think anyone believes that Syria is part of NATO, and Russian defensive actions against Turkey in Syria aren't exactly foreign aggression.

    What might happen is that the Russians might test NATO's resolve by flattening Turkish air bases with ballistic or cruise missiles. My suspicion is that NATO won't respond with missiles against Russian air bases.

  • It Looks Like Ben Carson’s Campaign is Using Ted Cruz to Stay Alive

    02/05/2016 9:40:17 AM PST · 21 of 49
    Zhang Fei to GodGunsGuts

    I got it to Carson - he’s playing the race card without playing the race card. In other words, he’s creating an issue out of a non-issue. Well-played.

  • SocGen claims China is only months away from burning through its currency reserves

    02/04/2016 8:39:07 PM PST · 1 of 49
    Zhang Fei
  • Cruz Campaign Push Polling in South Carolina...

    02/04/2016 7:23:49 PM PST · 6 of 91
    Zhang Fei to BlackFemaleArmyCaptain

    Let’s hope Cruz has someone of Atwater’s caliber.

  • ARG NH - Trump 34, Rubio 14, Kasich 13

    02/04/2016 1:47:36 PM PST · 59 of 96
    Zhang Fei to who knows what evil?
    Republicans"? Ayotte? Guinta? The Sununu cartel? LOL!

    Without these kinds of "Republicans", we wouldn't have a Senate or a Congressional majority. And we wouldn't have a hope of winning the presidency. Like it or not, the Republican party is a coalition, and diehard right-wingers like us are just the biggest part of the coalition. They can't win without us, but we can't win without them either.

  • Chinese Defector Reveals Beijing’s Secrets

    02/04/2016 1:34:45 PM PST · 20 of 25
    Zhang Fei to armydawg505
    Not too helpful publicizing this. Bad move.

    The real question is whether this is just a cover story and Ling Jihua was an agent-in-place (i.e. a mole) whose brother, Ling Wancheng, set up stateside to funnel information to Uncle Sam for him. If so, that would be actually be an intel failure for the CIA, since a truly successful operation brings the mole in from the cold and sets him up in comfortable retirement, safe from vengeful agents of the foreign state, as a living example for other foreign officials who might be thinking of working for Uncle Sam.

  • Chinese Defector Reveals Beijing’s Secrets

    02/04/2016 1:28:34 PM PST · 19 of 25
    Zhang Fei to armydawg505
    Not too helpful publicizing this. Bad move.

    You don't think the Chinese, after being threatened by the purged sibling with the disclosure of these secrets to the US, know that Ling Wancheng has handed them to the US? I recommend that you read the whole article for a complete take on the circumstances behind the intelligence bonanza that may have had Chinese assassins looking for him.

  • ARG NH - Trump 34, Rubio 14, Kasich 13

    02/04/2016 1:20:03 PM PST · 50 of 96
    Zhang Fei to who knows what evil?
    Tough to under-sample the ones in soviet Red Hampshire since there are only 5 or 6 of them in the first place.

    Given the fact that in the past 2 decades, Republicans have won more victories in Congress and the Senate, I'd say it's a purple state. Note that Dubya won NH in 2000 and lost it by less than 2% in 2004.

  • [Twitter Report] Breitbart Sitting on Anti-Cruz Story till After NH Vote

    02/04/2016 1:14:09 PM PST · 26 of 335
    Zhang Fei to austinaero
    I’m in Texas. I’ve seen the true face of uber-Christian St. Ted Cruz during this campaign.

    I'm from NY. I saw the true face of uber-scumbag makes-Gordon-Gekko-look-like-a-Boy-Scout Donald Trump decades ago. The sleazoid hasn't changed his spots. Conservatives who vote for Trump even as he leers* at their wives are giving a whole new meaning to the neologism cuckservative.

    * Given the Donald's self-confessed yen for married women.

  • ARG NH - Trump 34, Rubio 14, Kasich 13

    02/04/2016 12:49:53 PM PST · 5 of 96
    Zhang Fei to usafa92

    ARG predicted a 7% victory margin for Trump over Cruz. It’s possible that it undersamples the Cruz voter demographic - religious and very conservative voters who tend to turn out rain or shine.

    http://americanresearchgroup.com/pres2016/primary/rep/iarep.html

  • Chinese Defector Reveals Beijing’s Secrets

    02/04/2016 11:47:18 AM PST · 15 of 25
    Zhang Fei to Jeff Head

    In case you missed this...

  • Chinese Defector Reveals Beijing’s Secrets

    02/04/2016 11:41:24 AM PST · 14 of 25
    Zhang Fei to Seaplaner
    One suspects that it is; and if it is, then Congress should immediately look into who is putting this "out there".

    No. You want every major media outlet and, indeed, the entire world to know that Uncle Sam will arrange for you to get a new identity and provide protection from your enemies. This encourages other walk-ins, as well as makes foreign officials more susceptible to recruitment as agents-in-place. They are putting their lives in your hands. They want to know that there's a pot of gold (i.e. sanctuary) at the end of the rainbow.

    The failed Wang Lijun (another senior official perhaps 3 or 4 levels removed from the very top ranks) defection at the US consulate was a real downer in that respect because Wang left the consulate to be arrested. I have two theories on why he left. One is that the Chinese government threatened to enter the consulate, in which event Wang would have been captured, even if the consulate had its full contingent of Marine guards. Two is that the Chinese never threatened to enter, but Wang would have had to spend the rest of his days at the consulate, since the Chinese would never allow him to leave. At any rate, Wang took his chances with the Party's prosecutors, and is now serving a 15-year term, that will probably be reduced for good behavior.

  • Chinese Defector Reveals Beijing’s Secrets

    02/04/2016 11:35:36 AM PST · 12 of 25
    Zhang Fei to riverdawg
    I read the entire article, including this paragraph: “Intelligence officials said Ling, if confirmed as a legitimate defector in debriefings over the next several months, would have the most privileged information of any defector from China to the United States in more than 30 years.” ... IF [Ling is] confirmed as a legitimate defector ...

    The context - a high profile prosecution of his siblings that casts doubt on the honesty of senior party officials, with implications for the legitimacy of Party rule, suggests that the defection is indeed legit.

  • Chinese Defector Reveals Beijing’s Secrets

    02/04/2016 11:31:23 AM PST · 11 of 25
    Zhang Fei to dainbramaged
    Isn’t this type of thing supposed to be kept quiet?

    No. You want every major media outlet and, indeed, the entire world to know that Uncle Sam will arrange for you to get a new identity and provide protection from your enemies. This encourages other walk-ins.

    The failed Wang Lijun (another senior official perhaps 3 or 4 levels removed from the very top ranks) defection at the US consulate was a real downer in that respect because Wang left the consulate to be arrested. I have two theories on why he left. One is that the Chinese government threatened to enter the consulate, in which event Wang would have been captured, even if the consulate had its full contingent of Marine guards. Two is that the Chinese never threatened to enter, but Wang would have had to spend the rest of his days at the consulate, since the Chinese would never allow him to leave. At any rate, Wang took his chances with the Party's prosecutors, and is now serving a 15-year term, that will probably be reduced for good behavior.

  • Chinese Defector Reveals Beijing’s Secrets

    02/04/2016 11:18:50 AM PST · 8 of 25
    Zhang Fei to riverdawg
    I hope the intelligence agencies do a better job vetting Ling Wancheng’s bona fides than they did with Yuri Nosenko’s.

    If you read the entire article, I expect your doubts will be banished.

  • Telling tales: brother of disgraced Chinese presidential aide Ling Jihua defects to US and reveals..

    02/04/2016 11:13:24 AM PST · 18 of 21
    Zhang Fei to BeauBo
    High ranking politicians and Party apparatchiks are also looking to bolt, as the internal party purge has gotten nastier than it has been in decades.

    If Xi ever loses power, he may end up in front of a firing squad, or simply disappeared and buried without a trace. That's the thing about a term-limited non-hereditary dictatorship where the dictator holds absolute power - the structure is inherently unstable - the temptation is always for the dictator to entrench himself in power as Xi is doing now. If the Politburo doesn't quash Xi, he will become President-for-Life, because stepping down will mean going into exile to avoid the wrath of his enemies.

  • Chinese Defector Reveals Beijing’s Secrets

    02/04/2016 11:01:45 AM PST · 2 of 25
    Zhang Fei to MadMax, the Grinning Reaper; M Kehoe

    Chinese walk-in defector ping

  • Chinese Defector Reveals Beijing’s Secrets

    02/04/2016 10:57:46 AM PST · 1 of 25
    Zhang Fei
    Although this whale jumped onto their ship - this is a major coup for US intelligence agencies. The last major walk-in that we (i.e. non need-to-know civilians) know of happened in March 2001. It may have triggered the April 2001 EP-3 incident off the coast of Hainan. More details at this link. I bet it's a real adrenaline rush when an asset comes in from the cold with his limbs intact.

    It was never a realistic possibility that Ling, a naturalized US citizen, would be extradited, unless he was shown to have taken part in Holocaust atrocities.:-) According to a Chinese acquaintance, the Ling siblings have unusual names, possibly minted at the peak of revolutionary fervor by their parents. Ling Jihua is literally Ling Plan (as in 5 year plan?). Ling Wancheng is Ling Complete (as in complete mission?). Linghu Luxian is Ling Route (as in Route Army?) Ling Zhengce is Ling Policy. This is in stark contrast to the translations of Chinese names I've read in pulpy English language fiction on China by Lin Yutang, and orientalist Robert van Gulik, which tend towards the flowery, and in some cases (Deng Xiaoping aka Deng Little Peace) express the aspirations of the parents re that particular kid.

  • Telling tales: brother of disgraced Chinese presidential aide Ling Jihua defects to US and reveals..

    02/04/2016 10:38:20 AM PST · 16 of 21
    Zhang Fei to BeauBo
    It was never a realistic possibility that Ling, a naturalized US citizen, would be extradited, unless he was shown to have taken part in Holocaust atrocities.:-) According to a Chinese acquaintance, the Ling siblings have unusual names, possibly minted at the peak of revolutionary fervor by their parents. Ling Jihua is literally Ling Plan (as in 5 year plan?). Ling Wancheng is Ling Complete (as in complete mission?). Linghu Luxian is Ling Route (as in Route Army?) Ling Zhengce is Ling Policy. This is in stark contrast to the translations of Chinese names I've read in pulpy English language fiction on China by Lin Yutang, and orientalist Robert van Gulik, which tend towards the flowery, and in some cases (Deng Xiaoping aka Deng Little Peace) express the aspirations of the parents re that particular kid.
  • Telling tales: brother of disgraced Chinese presidential aide Ling Jihua defects to US and reveals..

    02/04/2016 10:22:10 AM PST · 15 of 21
    Zhang Fei to BeauBo
    Although this whale jumped onto their ship - this is a major coup for US intelligence agencies. The last major walk-in that we (i.e. non need-to-know civilians) know of happened in March 2001. It may have triggered the April 2001 EP-3 incident off the coast of Hainan. More details at this link. I bet it's a real adrenaline rush when an asset comes in from the cold with his limbs intact.
  • Republican Race Tightens Na tionally; Clinton Still Solid (PPP National: Trump 25, Cruz 21, Rubio 21

    02/04/2016 9:59:24 AM PST · 24 of 39
    Zhang Fei to Theodore R.
    We let Jebbie’s decline keep us from seeing the overall scenario of how much Republican primary voters adore the establishment.

    It's possible that a majority of primary voters just hate Trump. I'd wager that that these voters are more religious than the population at large. Trump's casino and diploma mill businesses, and his multiple adulteries with married women* will count against him big time. Then there's his relentless trash talking reminiscent of ghetto-dwelling scum, which probably doesn't go over well with religious folks.

    * The subliminal thought might be - do you really want to vote for a man who might be looking at bedding your wife? That would put an entirely different spin on the neologism cuckservative.

  • Rick Santorum Endorses Marco Rubio

    02/03/2016 4:43:57 PM PST · 10 of 293
    Zhang Fei to mak5

    Santorum would probably be a good running mate for Rubio.

  • Gallup Poll: Donald Trump Has Highest Unfavorable Rating of Any Candidate Since 1992

    02/03/2016 4:41:51 PM PST · 32 of 64
    Zhang Fei to Kaslin

    What we need is to unskew these polls. After all, President Romney won in 2012 despite polls that were obviously biased against him./s

  • Sacramento Kings scrap Chinese New Year of the Monkey T-shirt giveaway for ... racially insensitive

    02/03/2016 4:38:59 PM PST · 1 of 24
    Zhang Fei
    Heard over the interwebs:

    A funny scenario comes to mind with all of this: In a culturally awkward attempt to rectify a Year of the Monkey public relations fiasco, some Chinese ministry official in Beijing says, " Year of the Monkey will now be Year of the NBA basketball player."