Tuesday 13 November 2012

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Photo, above: Lebanese ladies' Maronite ball.

      Jill Khawam Kelley is a Maronite Christian married to a surgeon and living in Tampa: a stone's throw from CENTCOM, which sent many important international visitors to dine chez Dr and Mrs Kelley.  The couple owe the IRS millions of dollars for a charity whose bookkeeping is said to have been inadequate. Puzzling why someone whose personal life is at an awkward phase would call the FBI to investigate correspondence problems.

     The Catholic Maronite community in Lebanon dates back to the Fifth Century and is among the first Christian communities in the Near East. The liturgical language of the Maronite Church is Aramaic (Syriac). Their initial settlements were in the mountains of Lebanon, where they remained relatively isolated until the time of the Crusades. They're one of the largest Christian sects in Lebanon.

JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW

Co-host: Larry Kudlow, The Kudlow Report, CNBC, and Cumulus Media Networks

Tuesday 905P Eastern Time:  Larry Kudlow, in re:   the elections

Tuesday 920P Eastern Time: Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek Intl & Daily Beast, in re:  . . .  what does the world think of seeing the US get its butt kicked, of being vanquished in Benghazi, of our entire intell apparatus in disarray?  Sexual disarray?   Amusing but alarming.

Tuesday 935P Eastern Time:  Steve Moore, WSJ chief financial writer, editorial page, in re: The Hard Fiscal Facts. The federal govt is doing well: $33bil over 2 years, a rise of 26%.  If or growth were 3% it'd be a multiple of that. Dale Jorgenson at Hvd says trillions of dollars of growth in the economy by tax-rate reductions and loophole closures.  DC is in a panic over the fiscal cliff because no one wants to dare to make cuts in the budget.  President wants another $100bil stimulus with a trillion-dollar tax increase.   Woodward says the whole idea of the sequester came from the White House!  There's a lot of waste in Pentagon spending.  "New revenue must be tied to genuine entitlement changes," says Boehner. This is about being punitive by the [left].

Tuesday 950P Eastern Time: Larry Kudlow, in re:

Tuesday 1005P (705P Pacific Time):  Larry Johnson, No Quarter, in re:  Access agents: pp recruited overseas who have dinners and soirees where you can meet people for intelligence.  SO many prominent US military men. Bayshore Drive in Tampa, longest sidewalk in the world, good address.  Important people from everywhere visiting CENTCOM in Tampa dined at her house.  Could the FBI investigation be into the possibility that she's an agent of a foreign power?  She ran a charity that owes the IRS $3mil.  She claimed to be JSOC liaison with State Dept. There exists no such thing; a very obvious lie.  Did she have access to classified information? her family emigrated from Lebanon in the 1970s, went to Philadelphia.  She probably speaks Arabic; is that why she became a social engineer for CENTCOM?

To conduct covert ops using US personnel, pres must issue a Presidential Finding. Pres Obama got around that: accepting money from Saudis or Qatar; used money  to buy weapons, esp manpads in Libya; on 2 Sept, Petraeus in Turkey at a mtg; on Sept 11, Amb Stevens was in a mtg .  Then Petraeus went to Libya to investigate, then CIA issued an odd statement on 26 Oct.  FBI, which had plenty of time to visit a Floridian hostess but not to investigate Benghazi: they were forbidden to investigate by the White House.

Tuesday 1020P (720P Pacific Time): Bill Roggio, Long War Journal, in re:  all these guys commanded ISAF. Gen Allen presides over current Afgh strategy.  Allen and Petraeus both evinced poor behavior: lousy strategy and disgraceful personal conduct. Their records and those of everyone who worked for them are scarred. Thirty thousand pages of e-mails – sound obsessive.  Guys are disciplined for minor infractions in Afgh, but here's two top guys running around. 

Tuesday 1035P (735P Pacific Time): Stephen F Cohen, NYU and author: The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag After Stalin;  Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War, et al.,  in re: PM Medvedev:  "Barack Obama is an understandable and predictable partner for us. I'm glad the person who [leads a major state} doesn't consider Russia to be an enemy."   The bedrock issue is: in the last twenty-odd yeas, Russia has not received one single meaningful concession.  Pres Putin  has invited Obama to Russia in 2013.  Mr Putin called twice to congratulate Mr Obama. This looks like a new beginning; looks can be deceptive  in politics.  Russia wants something from Obama, who probably does not have the will to present it. Medvedev's "A predictable man" was said by a man who's all but a political corpse now. Hs protégé, defense minister, was fired a few days ago and his mistress was arrested for corruption while the minister was visiting and in his dressing gown.  Russia looks westward and sees NATO and the American-led missile defense system in Europe, directed at Russia Ion these issues rest the Russian defense budget.  Romney calling Russia our number-one enemy was bogus because he was running as the anti-Obama, while Obama kept speaking of détente with Moscow. 

Chairman of the Russian Duma's International Affairs Committee, Alexei Konstantinovichh Pushkov ("Alyosha"; former journalist with radio and TV show; drafted by the ruling Party to be in the Duma; speaks several languages, lived in the US because his father was a dip; is a Russian nationalist; Steve Cohen has known him for many years): I hope Obama will have a less aggressive foreign policy. 

Tuesday 1050P (750P Pacific Time): Stephen F Cohen, continued.  Putin and Lavrov express their view of the world every day – has nothing to do with the pipsqueak Russian naval base in Syria.  [Review of the deal with Gaddafi and the subsequent betrayal of Russia.]

Tuesday 1105P (805P Pacific Time): Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 1 of 4

Tuesday 1120P (820P Pacific Time): Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 2 of 4

Tuesday 1135P (835P Pacific Time): Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 3 of 4

Tuesday 1150P (850P Pacific Time): Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 4 of 4

Tuesday/Wed 1205A (905 Pacific Time): Larry Kudlow, in re:   the elections

Tuesday/Wed  1220A (920 Pacific Time): Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek Intl & Daily Beast, in re:  . . .  what does the world think of seeing the US get its butt kicked, of being vanquished in Benghazi, of our entire intell apparatus in disarray?  Sexual disarray?   Amusing but alarming.

Tuesday/Wed  1235A (935P Pacific Time): Steve Moore, WSJ chief financial writer, editorial page, in re: The Hard Fiscal Facts. The federal govt is doing well: $33bil over 2 years, a rise of 26%.  If or growth were 3% it'd be a multiple of that. Dale Jorgenson at Hvd says trillions of dollars of growth in the economy by tax-rate reductions and loophole closures.  DC is in a panic over the fiscal cliff because no one wants to dare to make cuts in the budget.  President wants another $100bil stimulus with a trillion-dollar tax increase.   Woodward says the whole idea of the sequester came from the White House!  There's a lot of waste in Pentagon spending.  "New revenue must be tied to genuine entitlement changes," says Boehner. This is about being punitive by the [left].

Tuesday/Wed  1250A  (950P Pacific Time): Exeunt. Reza Kahlili, author, A Time to Betray, in re: Iran rejects hotline with Washington.

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Music (using New York City broadcast times)  

9:00 hour:     Knight and Day

10:00 hour:    Infamous; Season of the Witch

11:00 hour:      Hurt Locker

midnight hour:    Knight and Day; Syriana

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