Monday, January 06, 2020


Fun movie quote for Monday before we really get started . . .

"The organizing principle of any society . . . Is for war."

That's a disagreeable idea but it makes just as much sense as this meandering montage of Prez Trump talking about Prez Obama, Iran and the danger of a war BEFORE he was elected.

We won't try to reason with with the stans from either side on this one because media is attempting to mold the discourse into a classic, losing progressive vs. Conservative debate when, in fact, there are many right-wingers who oppose Iran escalation.

This Republican from Kentucky isn't a RINO and he's not progressive on any issue from immigration to healthcare but he's the first of many to contradict the party line:

Rand Paul Slams Trump Over Airstrike: 'If You Don't Want Perpetual War, You Don't Keep Sending More Targets'

As with every debate about armed conflict throughout the history of the world . . . We notice that the people amped up about combat will be far, far away from any actual fighting or danger. We can only hope the tradition of "leading from the rear" (ew) endures given that most broke-ass Americans are too busy and too powerless struggling to earn a buck to worry about the consequences of International conflict.

To that end (ew) and because this broke-ass blogger doesn't care about local portfolios . . . We still can't help but notice that Kansas City corporations which don't pay much in taxes and enjoy one break after the next will be making out from this conflict like bandits with very little real risk.

Whilst the plebs are busy berating friends, family and neighbors about the virtues of patriotism without any tough questions of elected leaders OR the cringey antics of the supposedly loyal opposition; big biz corporate trusts are positioning to make EVEN MORE HISTORIC PROFITS.

Reference point from not so long ago whilst so many Vets continue to struggle with PTSD and other injuries:

Contractors reap $138bn from Iraq war

From local bomb makers to tech, logistics and market makers of every sort will enjoy EPIC bank from blood that will inevitably spill.

Accordingly, we share this big picture perspective on how global corporations with some local branches will be the only people who really win a complex Geo-political conflict, right or wrong, initiated by a former TV game show host.

Toughest War Talkers Are Always Old School Dudes Who Won't Have To Fight

Corporate Media Turns to Warhawks, Including Former Bush Officials, to Beat Drums of War on Iran

Trump critics and peace advocates watched in horror Thursday night and Friday morning as some of the top architects of the Iraq War took to the corporate media to spin a narrative aimed at retroactively convincing Americans that the killing of Iranian military official Qasem Soleimani was essential to the safety of the U.S.-a replica of the run-up to the Iraq War nearly two decades ago.


Trump doubles down on threat to Iranian cultural sites

President Donald Trump dug in Sunday night on his threat to attack Iranian cultural sites if it should retaliate for the U.S. killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, one of Iran's top military and intelligence officials. Speaking aboard Air Force One on his return to Washington D.C.

Sometimes Biz Is Personal

Soleimani's daughter warns families of U.S. troops, 'waiting' for their death

The daughter of slain Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani warned the families of U.S. soldiers deployed in the Middle East during a funeral ceremony that saw hundreds of thousands in prayer for the leader killed in Baghdad following a Trump approved airstrike strike on Friday.

Don't Pass Gas???

The only 3 oil stocks to buy amid rising US-Iran tensions, according to Jim Cramer

Investors should exercise patience when evaluating stocks shortly after a geopolitical incident, like the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian military leader, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Friday morning. That's because it usually takes more than one day for clarity to arrive, but the "Mad Money" host said Friday there are really only three oil stocks that make sense in this uncertain and overdone environment.

The Real Gold Standard

Gold hits 7-year high as Iran tensions spark fresh market jitters

Global stocks fell on Monday while crude oil and gold prices rose sharply as escalating tensions between the US and Iran jolted markets for a second day. Asia's major equity markets posted broad declines, with Japan's Nikkei the worst performer as it fell 1.9 per cent after coming back online following the holiday season.

Dividends Are Da Bomb

Aerospace and defense stocks like Northrop Grumman rise in wake of Soleimani killing

By Shares of Northrop Grumman were among the few stocks to gain on Friday as aerospace companies climbed in the wake of the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani. Shares of defense contractor Northrop Grumman were up 5.1% in Friday afternoon trading, while those of another defense company, Lockheed Martin, gained 4.1%.

Stock Game Peak

Dow Jones Futures: Stock Market Rally In Bullish Channel As Iran Exits Nuclear Deal; Paycom, Disney, Lululemon Near Buy Points | Investor's Business Daily

Dow Jones futures fell Sunday night, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures, as Iran pulled out from the 2015 nuclear deal in the wake of the U.S. killing top Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani. Can the stock market rally hold its bullish channel?

Best Defense Money

Defense Stocks Lockheed, Northrop, Ratheon Rally After U.S. Kills Top Iranian Commander | Investor's Business Daily

Defense stocks rallied Friday following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful military commander, raising the risks of serious escalation with Tehran. Defense names such as Northrop Grumman ( NOC) and Lockheed Martin ( LMT) were big winners in Friday's stock market trading, along with Raytheon stock.

Rage Biz Booming

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar accuse Trump of threatening to commit "war crimes" against Iran

Progressive Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar accused President Donald Trump of threatening to commit "war crimes" against Iran in a series of Saturday tweets. Trump warned Iran via Twitter that the U.S. had compiled a list of 52 sites in Iran that it would strike militarily if the Persian Gulf nation chose to retaliate to the early Friday killing of Qassem Soleimani.

Bad Joke Hombre

'We'll Do It For Half': George Lopez Responds To Iran Bounty On Trump With A Threat Of His Own

Comedian George Lopez responded to news of a call on Iranian state television for an $80 million bounty on President Donald Trump's head by saying "We'll do it for half." Trump on Thursday ordered the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani near a Baghdad airport.

Money Talks Always

'Likely just the beginning': Here's what 6 experts are saying about what Trump's deadly Iran strike means for already shaken markets

Markets are reeling amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran. Global stocks plummeted on the news that a US airstrike killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani late Thursday. Gold approached its highest price in six years, oil surged, and Treasury bond prices jumped as investors fled volatile assets and feared a hit to the global oil supply.

Developing . . .


Anonymous said...

Fun stuff.

The theme I'm seeing is that that a lot of the "progressives" are becoming unhinged and talking way out of turn, not realizing that most Americans don't like brash criticism of the president during wartime.

Ghost Of Glorioso said...

Public usually turns on all presidents during wartime if they don't keep promises.

Go dig up Nixon and ask him.

Anonymous said...

Back to work? Most Americans work 2 and three jobs. At least one off the books.

Thanks for some of the money angle. Maybe putting a few nickles in the right places might help a few people.

Anonymous said...

That's a downer after Christmas and New Year's. I would have preferred more selfies of our local leaders!

Anonymous said...

The entire world is in unprecedented debt. The way the system resets is known as World War. We are over due.

Anonymous said...

Eric Trump is still eligible to enlist. I say he signs up for the Army or Marines and is part of the first boots on the ground effort on the front line.

Anonymous said...

6:00 are we at war with Iran? When did we do that?

Anonymous said...

6:18 eric is 36yrs old, the military doesn’t take anybody that old, sorry to burst your bubble dumbass.... maybe you can take his place instead!

Anonymous said...

George Lopez and his clown counterparts hate Trump because he threatens their twenty million dollar per movie paychecks. If Trump pisses enough countries off, their movies, dvds or whatever sales drop off and that’s really all they care about. In the end, it’s always about the money because all they care about is themselves. Hollywood has an extremely high opinion of themselves and for some reason they think they are more important and valuable than us commoners.

Anonymous said...

Iran started this crap! And did anyone know that the Gen. Soleimani who the liberals here love so dearly took a little boy and drilled holes in his legs in front of his father for punishment to his father. Anyone who doesn't think that man is a terrorist is sick. We didn't start this Iran did and Trump is not going to draw an imaginary red line like the coward ISIS sympathizer Obama did.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Chimpsy, then, Barry's elder son, Malia, should sign up. All branches accept all "identifiers", now.

chuck said...

None of the News Items TKC listed, are surprising at all after the drone strike on the terrorist shitheel.

Think about what is actually, probably gonna happen. What would you bet on, if you had to bet?

First of all, you have to define what all of the above articles really don't define. What is war with Iran in 2020?

Boots on the ground? I don't think so. No American with more than a cursory knowledge of our freshly remembered past wants another 50,000 kids cycling thru Walter Reed sans appendages.

It's "Bombs Away". There will be no invasion of Iran. We don't have to invade.

From Imil Amani -

" If Iran were to hold a referendum on the Islamic Republic today, over 80% would clearly oppose it -- the 1979 brief post-revolutionary excitement and sense of freedom quickly gave way to the new rulers’ systemic Islamization of state and society.

Since the beginning of the Islamic revolution, the regime has used coercion, cooptation, and persuasion to try to change the cultural values of the Iranian people. They purged all traces of the Persian monarchy and renamed every street in Iran. They closed universities for three years (1980–1983) and after reopening, banned many books and purged thousands of students and lecturers from the schools. In the end, it failed miserably."

The Mullahs know, that the last thread of any economic strength they have, is in their oil fields - which are unprotected. Trump will destroy them. This is not to say, that the whack job Mullahs are not so insanely, nihilist and narcissistic that they won't blow up a tanker in the Straits of Hormuz - they might. But the outcome will NOT be boots on the ground.

Look, we should have left the Mideast a decade ago, immediately after it became evident that there was no more threat of running out of oil. I don't think we should have bombed anyone last week, we should pack up our stuff and come home. As the recently released "Afghanistan Papers" have revealed the entire premise of the American Mideast strategy was based on lies; fundamental falsehoods; and an upper-tier military devoid of anyone willing to say the emperor was naked. It was all bullshit.

That said, the next war in the Mideast, will be a "Drone War".

Lorem Ipsum said...

(Sorry, mine has Bone spurs.)

chuck said...

6:41 Good point imo.

7:16 true ---- Iran took out a U.S. drone, and President Trump held-back.
Iran attacked ships in the Straights of Hormuz, yet President Trump held back.
Iran attacked Saudi oil-fields, and again President Trump held back.
However, Iran attacked a U.S. base killing an American, wounding three more, and President Trump then vaporized Iranian terrorist Soleimani.

Again, we shouldn't be there. Iraq has voted for us to leave, we should do it and let the smug, insufferable, sanctimonious French and Germans figure it out. By the way, if the Russians want to jump into the tar baby that is the Middle East, great! Good luck! The truth is, we should have sent surface to air missiles to Russia not the Mujahadeen in 1979.

The Russian economy is the size of Spain's economy.

The Mideast is, above all else, exactly what Gertrude Bell and Lawrence of Arabia said it was, back in 1919. TRIBAL.

It is a loser and it is decades past time we cut our losses and came home.

Just the facts, M'am said...

You folks do realize, don't you, that the Arabs and Persians are "Semites" too?
So you all are being actively "ANTI-SEMETIC"!

You can't reserve that term exclusively for a select group of Russo-Germans who invaded and seized land in the Middle East in the middle of the last Century.

Anonymous said...

@6:41 are you sure you're not confusing Hollywood with Washington, D.C.?
All centers of Mass Entertainment sort of look the same, you know.

Anonymous said...

Life can be complicated and hard to figure out, but not if you’re a Democrat. For Democrats and all leftists, there are no hard decisions. No gray areas. Decisions come easy. It all comes down to this:

If it harms Trump and/or America, good.

If it helps Trump and/or America, bad.

Free markets? BAD. Communism? GOOD.

Full employment? BAD. Welfare? GOOD.

MAGA? BAD. Death to America? GOOD.


Try it yourself. It’s easy.

Anonymous said...

Chuck, there were no attacks on any US positions by Iran in Iraq or elsewhere under the previous administration's treaty that had Iran's nuclear program verifiably in check. Because of Trump's mental anguish with anything to do with a black POTUS (you wanna talk about unhinged), he undid this and wait for it, Iran acted out. It's real easy to fact check this. Whenever something has gone south in the past 3+ years it can be traced back to one source and is almost always self inflicted.

We've literally gone from, "we're getting out of the Middle East and all their endless wars" to the complete opposite - at the behest of one guy. EVERYONE is in agreement that Soleimani was a shitty human being but adults need to make decisions that include potential consequences and the guy who hold the highest office in the land, never does that. Now, a guy who was supposedly despised by everyone in his country is pulling in millions for protests and funeral processions.

Trump is riding one thing, a stock market that has been trending upward for almost 20 years. He has nothing to do with it and people think it's all because of him. And it has almost no impact on the common everyday US citizen. And stop with your "my 401k looks great". Unless you're retiring in short order, it doesn't matter because it will come back down to earth. That's the only thing keeping Trump from disapproval worse than he already has.

Anonymous said...

8:02 - or you could think critically and see beyond labels. I don't expect someone like you to know what critical thinking is.

Anonymous said...

Funny 8:02 if there's anyone who doesn't see gray it's our dipshit CIC.

chuck said...

8:11 everyone is entitled to their own opinion, not their own facts.

The Trump economy is not based on Wall Street doing well, it is based on Main Street doing well. That in turn, has driven the stock market higher, in spite of every bureaucrat in Washington trying to sink the economy so that they can hurt Trump. Trump freed up the energy sector and has returned 2 TRILLION dollars into domestic business'.

He ain't perfect, but he is a light year better than Obama and Bush, two of the very worst presidents in American history.

8:02 is right.

Anonymous said...

As far as investing in companies, that will profit from a war in Iran, the big ones; Lockheed, Raytheon, and Northrup Grumman will probably be at the top of the list.
People need to remember there are no Walmarts in Iraq/Iran only Targets.

Anonymous said...

good decision to invest in Lockheed Martin four years ago.

Anonymous said...

None of you broke bastards own shit in anything! You're on here which means two things..1) you're broke & 2) you're dumb as shit! Losers the whole lot of ya! Take chuck for example..old as dirt and still working because he's a dumbass! So are all of you!

Anonymous said...

We're not at war and we won't be at war anytime soon. I'm sure all these hysterical liberals will apologize in a few months for whipping everyone up with their scare tactics, right?

Anonymous said...

^^^Yes, yes, everything's cool. Iran ain't gonna do shit.

Anonymous said...

It's a good distraction from the recent revelations of the perpetual bankruptcy king who hasn't met a bank he fucked over having his notes underwritten by Russian banks.

But it's cool, we're friends with Russia.

Anonymous said...

Daddy Issues Said: Don't mind the youngsters being Anti Capitalist but do they have to quote that fucker Lenin all the time?

phaedras said...

You need to put down the crack pipe...

Byron Funkhouser said...

I wonder who the Iranians will kill.

Super Dave said...

Sure war is good for a lot of privately held businesses. I started college in Jan 1970 and took some business classes and of course the Vietnam war was still very fresh on people's minds and a lot of studying in those kind of classes on how big business would never admit such but they like seeing the USA at war with someone/anyone as it makes for good profits when they are.

Anonymous said...

How bout them Golden Globes last night? Tim Cook is in da' house!

Anonymous said...

Ok boomer.

Also just fucking die already.

chuck said...

12:12 LMAO!

If tits were brains, no doubt Patricia Arquette would have wrecked Ricky right back with some eviscerating riposte, but, tits are just tits and obviously there is no straight line reference from tits to brains.

So, bits of brains Arquette, reached down deep and came up with the usual bullshit demagoguery that Hollywood harridans like her are famous for.

Ricky killed it!

Anonymous said...

In the same way there is no straight line reference from your brain's to your mouth, chuck?

Because everything you utter seems to come from straight out of your ass.

Anonymous said...

^^^^Same as your's do you mean?????????

Anonymous said...

Trump to Iran
"Say hello to my Little Friend!"

Melania to Trump
"Oh for God's sake, Donald - put that away and zip up,
nobody wants to see that disgusting stump!"

Anonymous said...

Ha! 1:05PM just knocked chuck the fuck out!!!!! Brutal!

Anonymous said...

1:28...and yet he didn't. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Oh Chimpy. Does it make you feel better to screech uselessly at us humans? We laugh at you.

Anonymous said...

@1:33Pm And yet he did. Bigly. Weirder.

Anonymous said...

I mean Ricky's monologue was great but what makes you guys think what he said doesn't apply to you? Because you're not famous and don't get a platform? Are any of jerkoffs any smarter than these Hollywood celebrities just because you live paycheck to paycheck? It's a joke folks.

Anonymous said...

^^^ well, the good news is I didn’t have to get fucked by Weinstein to get a job so I guess that makes me a little bit smarter.

Anonymous said...

Nope, 7:34, your son has BathHouse Barry Boned by Big Michael syndrome. His limp wrists and Mom jeans disqualified him, so he is determined an ineligible closet case.