Wednesday 23 September 2020
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Colleagues: Gordon Chang, Daily Beast, and Thaddeus McCotter, American Greatness
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 1, Block A: Brett Arends, @BrettArends; @BrettArends ROI @Marketwatch, Market Watch, in re: The markets in their current state. https://www.thestreet.com/video/market-correction-growth-v-value
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 1, Block B: Roman Buhler, Coalition to Preserve and Independent Supreme Court, in re: Court-packing. FDR’s attempt; totally failed. The Keep Nine Amendment: The Supreme Court shall [be composed of] nine Justices. Our goal is to stay focussed on keeping an independent Court. keepnine.org The Keep Nine Amendment,
an effort to unite Americans across party lines.
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 1, Block C: Charles Burton, @cburton001, senior Fellow at the Centre for Advancing Canada's Interests Abroad at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, on China and the UN, and Gordon Chang, Daily Beast, in re: . . . Placing CCP cadres in strategic positions in the UN to cripple nations holding to democratic principles. Xi is basically daring the world to confront China on its crimes against humanity. Trump said: The world must hold China accountable. Indications that [even] the Trudeau govt is concerned about its Chinese alliances and domestic policies. [Note: Trudeau has a lifelong past of favoring China, including the Chinese Communist Party.] Canadian public opinion favors [protecting Canada from China]. There are 300,000 Canadian citizens resident in Hong Kong. https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202009/22/WS5f692dd8a31024ad0ba7ae01.html
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 1, Block D: Alan Tonelson, @AlanTonelson @USBIC1, independent economic policy analyst who blogs at RealityChek and tweets at @AlanTonelson, and Gordon Chang, Daily Beast, in re: Crude oil, 9000,000 Bbl/day. Forbes author, Dan Eberhart, is CEO of a major O&G from: China has decided to step up crude oil purchases from the US to show Trump that China is trying to keep the terms of the January agreement. Suggests that China fears that Trump will win the election. Chose crude oil: LNG purchases have lagged, but even as the world is awash in crude oil, so this is an especially strong signal from China in an effort to stay on President Trump’s good side. In WWII, Japan couldn’t protect sea routes to oil; similar to China’s current situation, as China eels strikingly vulnerable. Other major fears: inadequate food and water. (Much of its limited water is heavily polluted.) https://www.forbes.com/sites/daneberhart/2020/09/20/china-increases-imports-of-us-oil-ahead-of-november-election/#2fbceaac48cc
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 2, Block A: Andy McCarthy: @AndrewCMcCarthy, & Thaddeus McCotter, @ThadMcCotter, American Greatness; in re: The threats the Democrats have recently made. Senators Blumenthal and Markey, or Mr Nadler: Would move to pack the Court. Yes, these state their actual intention. Also, single-payer healthcare, and Puerto Rico as a state. They’re a bit stuck because their hard left demands they say these, but the problem is that most of the country doesn’t subscribe to them. Ergo, Democrats prefer not to discuss them. No problem doing them after Biden is elected, but not helpful to talk about them. Drastic social change is supposed to be done by the Congress, but the left sees the Court as an engine of social change. Don't want to wait for society to change; want to change the law immediately.
“The last thing we need is a Constitutional crisis to plunge us deeper into the abyss.”– Joe Biden — and this is exactly what his policies seem to foretell. As for where we are now, the president is president until 20 January, and then he’s gone. . . . “Murkowski is a pretty shifty character; I wouldn’t take anything she says to the bank.”
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 2, Block B: Andy McCarthy: @AndrewCMcCarthy, & Thaddeus McCotter, @ThadMcCotter, American Greatness; in re: Sen Johnson properly looks in to Hunter Biden’s creative enterprise during his father’s administration, incl Beijing, Moscow, Kiev, and apparently Kazakhstan. Democrats spent four years accusing the president of collusion with foreign powers to the detriment of the US, yet we now see that Hunter Biden in fact colluded with at least three countries. Hunter Biden as the new Billy Carter, or the Clinton brother.
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 2, Block C: Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com, in re: Bennu. Tiger stripes on Enceladus. Mars is not a dry planet. “New Phobosians?” Comet 67P, visited by the European Rosetta mission: interaction between the solar wind and the ____ surrounding the comet.
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 2, Block D: Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com, in re: NASA is lobbying for Artemis.
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 3, Block A: John Catsimatidis, @JCats2013, @CatsRoundtable, Red Apple Media & Cats Roundtable, in re: New York City now has 305,000 employees, an increase of 25,000. The mayor will furlough some “to save money.” New Yorkers, who’ve been leaving in droves, will return when they feel safe.
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 3, Block B: Lanhee Chen, @lanheechen, Hoover; in re: Any program created by the federal government simply grows over time. A natural creep toward a larger and larger program. Why not give free college, free tuition and room and board, to everyone? It becomes unsustainable. Housing: Is Mr Biden seeking to federalize housing by expanding direct govt assistance, housing vouchers, and incentives in govt spending and tax breaks, to convince builders to create more affordable housing. Looking at $5.5 trillion. With him as president, expect many [many] tax increases at every income level, including the lowest quintile. Richer Americans will see very significant increases; but even with all these, he won't raise enough to cover the costs of his proposed programs. We see who’s in charge of the Democratic Party: AOC, Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders, and their crew.
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 3, Block C: James Holmes, @NavalWarCollege, first holder of the Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the Naval War College and blogger at The Naval Diplomat (https://navaldiplomat.com/), and Gordon Chang, Daily Beast, in re: Achieve political plans in installments. The unusual passivity of the UN in face of, for example, major human rights abuses. Clausewitz. The great powers have always operated outside of [regulati0ns]. War has been illegal since 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Everyone signed up to it. In effect, over time the US has learned a lesson, but it’s not clear the rest of the UN has. Kissinger: Get the defeated party to buy in to the peace resolution, and create a balance of power. https://blog.usni.org/posts/2019/04/16/you-get-the-peace-you-enforce
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 3, Block D: Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and Gordon Chang, Daily Beast, in re: “Moon declares ending the Korean war.” Not a peep from Kim Jong-un. When only one side declares peace, it s0unds more like a surrender. No one would prevent their creating peace, but peace without trust doesn't work. As long as South Korea continues to prosper and be democratic, Kim’s regime can't integrate/survive. Moon’s next move might be to have US forces leave, which happens to be one of Kim’s goals. Moon has been proposing this since 2018, but nothing happens. Who’s the audience for this? North Korea and the US. Pretty clear that North Korea does not want to end the war. Kim’s regime is a criminal regime masquerading as a nation-state. Clandestine dvpt of nuclear weapons. Sets a very dangerous precedent for other rogue regimes. Moon has forcibly repatriated Northerners who’d escaped, leaving the escapee community in South Korea terrified. Those who can, have left the country and applied for asylum elsewhere. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20200922010200315
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 4, Block A: 1/12 The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Pacific War Trilogy), by Ian Toll. The Solomon Islands.
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 4, Block B: 2/12 The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Pacific War Trilogy), by Ian Toll.
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 4, Block C: 3/12 The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Pacific War Trilogy), by Ian Toll.
Wednesday 23 September 2020 / Hour 4, Block D: 4/12 The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Pacific War Trilogy), by Ian Toll.