The John Batchelor Show

Monday 26 October 2020

Air Date: 
October 26, 2020

Colleague: Thaddeus McCotter, American Greatness
Hour One
Monday  26 October 2020 / Hour 1, Block A: Tom Joscelyn, @thomasjoscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; & Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal; and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD; in re: Husam Abd-al-Ra’uf was a senior al Q guy, found in an Afghan village & killed alongside a Taliban commander. He was a lieutenant to Zawahiri. Joined the jihad in 1980s.
Nimroz provincial governor confirmed 47 KIA of Afghan police, plus soldiers, and 6 captured.  US is letting Taliban rampage; US has too few troops there to do otherwise?
Monday  26 October 2020 / Hour 1, Block B: Tom Joscelyn, @thomasjoscelyn, Long War Journal and FDD; and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD; in re: Generation Jihad podcast: History of the Islamic State, with a counterterrorism expert from West Point, Craig Whiteside.
ISIS emanated from Zarqawi.  Current emir of ISIS was detained, and snitched. The Islamic Republic of Iraq, under Zarqawi, was the first several iterations t become Islamic State of Iraq.
Easter morning 2008 in Mosul: explosion.
Monday  26 October 2020 / Hour 1, Block C: Solomon Yue, Republican National Committeeman for Oregon and Republican Overseas CEO, and Gordon Chang, @GordonGChang, Daily Beast, in re:    CEFC, China Energy, no longer in existence; had extensive correspondence with Joe Biden. Former chairman Yueh, grandson of a major figure in China and a third-generation princeling, is in detention, corruption alleged.  Also connected to Jiang Zeming. Was arrested by Xi Jinping.  Successful, large companies are as political state enterprises, commingled with the CCP.   The Jiang faction are involved with the ugly Hunter films, are now part of an internal struggle among families.  CEFC was founded in 2013 under the early Secretaryship of Xi Jinping while Jiang was still powerful, but Xi was able to reduce that,
See all these families as mob families.  Consider the email about several Democratic Senators. 
Monday  26 October 2020 / Hour 1, Block D: Michael Yon: @Michael_Yon , East Asia reporter; and Gordon Chang, @GordonGChang, Daily Beast; in re:  Among the twelve people kidnapped by CCP on the high seas is Alexandra Wong, “Grandma Wong,” who flew the British flag last year, and now after a fourteen-month detention, has been released and is back in Hong Kong.  She was at protests all the time in 2019, even in tear gas, always waving the British flag.  She lived just over the border in Mainland in Shenzhen. Was obliged to renounce her principles and sing the national anthem Now she’s back in HK, where she’s given new wind to the resistance.  Not clear why she was released; so be cautious: CCP may be watching to see who congregates around her.  This is a real insurgency, and will not just go away. May ebb and flow, but will persist for many years.  Grete Thunberg, among many famous people, is in the Save Twelve Movement.
Hour Two
Monday  26 October 2020 / Hour 2, Block A:  David M Drucker, Washington Examiner, & John Fund, NRO, in re: Gridlock has been oversold as an impediment to progress in America.  . . .  Trump is in real trouble in suburban Texas precincts.   . . .   He may have lost a lot of seniors’s votes, along with suburban voters. If Trump wins, the defections weren’t so bad; and/or he may have brought in sporadic voters; and will have won the favor of elder Hispanics.
Monday  26 October 2020 / Hour 2, Block B:  John Fund, NRO, & David M Drucker, Washington Examiner, in re: What we know so far about the conduct of Hunter Biden these last years.    NPR and Christiane Amanpour, among very many, openly refuse to cover the story.
Monday  26 October 2020 / Hour 2, Block C:   Larry Johnson, Sic Semper Tyrannis, in re:    The PEN Biden Center at University of Pennsylvania. Federal law requires, if a university receives, $250,000 or more, must file who, how much, and from what country?  For 2017, $5ooK; 2018,  $22 million; 2019: all not filed, listed as “anonymous.” If you’re trying to hide a source of money . . .  Biden not off the hook from money-laundering statues.
Imagine 2024, the Trump Center at a university receives a donation from Russia, and Trump pays his son handsomely . . .
Monday  26 October 2020  / Hour 2, Block D: Hotel Mars, episode n; Anatoly Zak,  ,  Russian Space Web; and David Livingston, Dr Space, in re: Roscosmos module Zvezda tiny air leak: have found and sealed it, but need to be sure it won’t expand. Looking for a permanent solution.  Proposed nuclear-powered space tug.
Hour Three
Monday  26 October 2020  / Hour 3, Block A:  Andrew C McCarthy, @AndrewCMcCarthy, Ball of Collusion; and Thaddeus McCotter, @ThadMcCotter, American Greatness, in re:   The new Justice Barrett. Chief Justice Roberts being too clever by half, doesn’t want to decide the critical Pennsylvania case before the election—but this [political] move causes much f the population t lose confidence in the Court.  Constitution explicitly causes State legislature, not  State Courts, to decide election procedures.
Monday  26 October 2020  / Hour 3, Block B:  Andrew C McCarthy, @AndrewCMcCarthy, Ball of Collusion; and Thaddeus McCotter, @ThadMcCotter, American Greatness, in re:
Monday  26 October 2020  / Hour 3, Block C:   Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, and Thaddeus McCotter, @ThadMcCotter, American Greatness, in re: Sudan takes first steps toward Israel: trade agreement and the like.  Second anniversary of the murderous attack on the Pittsburgh synagogue. France is being boycotted Macron took an extremely strong stand  concerning the teacher who was beheaded; the Muslim Brotherhood was identified as a progenitor of this pat of the ideology. Grand Mufti of Egypt condemned this violence. Muslim countries urge a boycott against French products.  Iraqi Kurds, allies of the United States, are
under missile fire from Mosul.  Kurdish fighting forces, Peshmerga.  Fire also coming from Erbil?
Simulation of the War of the North—ground, navy, air force.  Hezbollah in the Golan; Hamas in Gaza. 
Monday  26 October 2020  / Hour 3, Block D:  Indiana Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, and Thaddeus McCotter, @ThadMcCotter, American Greatness, in re: A woman painter killed in concentration camps, murdered in Maidonek; had left her paintings hidden in the house of gentile friend, and paintings now discovered by construction workers.  Vilnius: a coin having Hebrew letters is issued in honor of a rabbi. Also in Lithuania, tribute to an Israeli poetess.
Hour Four
Monday  26 October 2020  / Hour 4, Block A: Elin Suleymanov,  @ElinSuleymanov, @azembassyus, ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Washington; and Brenda Shaffer: @ProfBShaffer  @FDD; Georgetown; in re: Nagorno-Karabakh; repeated violations of ceasefire.  Another young person killed in Ganja. 
Monday  26 October 2020  / Hour 4, Block B:   Lorenzo Fiori: Direttore Generale Ansaldo Fondazione, in re:  Central government presents new restrictions now in order to make it possible to enjoy Christmas in two months.  Objections included violence in Naples. 
Monday  26 October 2020  / Hour 4, Block C: Harry Siegel,  ,  in re: “New York is a ghost town”—not. But few office workers are back, which deeply damages the economy.  Mayor DeBlasio not up to managing this. Governor Cuomo so thoroughly detests the mayor that he’s no help. WeWork, largest real estate holder in Manhattan, collapsed.
Monday  26 October 2020  / Hour 4, Block D:  Veronique de Rugy, Mercatus Center, in re:  Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World, by Charles Koch and Brian Hooks.  Top-down world – governmental top-down destroys critical civil networks.  Bottom-up world: re-devised by former felons, released from prison and form mutual-aid societies.  Anton Lucky, a natural leader: at 19 was a gang leader; in prison was accepted as a leader; when he got out, he became an engine of guidance in inner cities, persuaded youth not to join gangs.
Alexis de Tocqueville:  What a vibrant civil society America has—and this is the tissue, the connectivity, of community. Fewer rules leaves everyone free to [create]. In France, the government does all the [helping]; as a result, why should individuals or groups give money to