And now a gift from Santa has arrived as just in time for Christmas gas prices have fallen to a five-year low…from roughly $3.68 a gallon in June to now down below $2.60 in most markets… saving we purchasers about $60+ a month. But like all good things this gift does come with caveats that the current savings have blinded most to. So while ‘We the People’ are happy dancing thinking we have triumphed over the likes of OPEC nothing could be further from the truth for as the price of oil falls political instability is increasing within the main oil producing countries. And with that instability comes the fact that reduced prices means less profit for the oil companies, and that is something they will NOT allow to go on for too long for just like any business the oil giants are as profit driven as the next guy. Continue reading
By: Diane Sori and Craig Andresen
On July 17th another Malaysian plane…MH-17… went down but this time it was different. Different than MH-370 in that this one did indeed crash. However, crashing is NOT what makes this different…being shot down out of the sky does.
While early reports have everyone blaming Vladimir Putin or Russia for this take down there are a few things that just do NOT add up.
First, Putin was the one who told Obama that a plane was down and that in and of itself seems an odd thing for someone supposedly involved to have done. What’s even odder is that Obama was fast to accuse Putin of downing the plane before the debris of the plane even had a chance for its fires to die down. Continue reading
The downing of the Malaysian airliner MH-17 over the Ukraine has shown the weakness of Europe and the U.S. on what to do and on Sunday, the Herald Sun of Australia reported that the west has made Putin into a monster and the weakness of European countries and the Obama administration is to blame for it.
Andrew Bolt of the Herald Sun said that it is Putin’s Russia that supplied those rebels with the necessary arms along with the BUK SA-11 missile launcher that is suspected of shooting down the commercial aircraft and that Russia may have been the one to supply the sophisticated SA-11 ground to air missile. Continue reading
For the second time in less than a year, the previously little known Malaysia Airlines is the subject of intense scrutiny after a mysterious crash. In March, Malaysia Flight 370 disappeared and has never been found. On July 17, Malaysia Flight 17 was shot down over a disputed area of the Ukraine. At this point, who shot the airliner down and why is not known.
According to Flight Aware, MH 17, another Boeing 777, departed from Amsterdam at 12:19 p.m. local time and was bound for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 11.5 hour flight was estimated to arrive at 6:00 a.m. Malaysia time. Instead, Flight Aware’s tracking map shows the flight abruptly terminating over eastern Ukraine near the Black Sea.
When theended in 1991, the spread of communism slowed considerably but on Friday, it appears that some Russian Ambassadors are looking forward to a second Cold War through a leaked phone call recording.
The leaked phone call was obtained by The Guardian and released on Friday between Russian Ambassadors, Igor Chubarov,‘s ambassador to Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa near Sudan, and Sergei Bakharev, the ambassador to Zimbabwe and Malawi, although these two ambassadors have not been independently verified at this time that it was them speaking.
Useless…totally useless for in order for economic sanctions to work one needs to sanction an entire country NOT just target specific individuals, but when one does NOT understand basic economic premises, let alone how they work or don’t work, what can you expect.
And while some suspect that Crimea is all about Vladmir Putin wanting to restore the former Soviet Union as the world’s number one superpower, the fact is he wants even more…as in Vladimir Putin wants to restore the glory days of the Russian Empire complete with Czar Putin the First.
Well…well…the man who could care less about the U.S. Constitution suddenly cares about the Ukrainian constitution and international law…all while his very inaction’s helped fuel this current situation on. And now comes useless sanctions that Putin will just laugh at while calling Obama’s bluff as he sends Russian forces further into the Ukraine.
And those in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and even those in Kazakhstan, are all now fearful they could be next.
Putin has tested Obama’s resolve and found him woefully lacking. When the United States is weak or when our allies can’t trust us to keep our word, our influence dissipates. But when both occur, both the US and the world becomes a very dangerous world. Russia senses it and Putin is prepared to take advantage of it and reclaim part of the former Soviet Union.
With the Crimean vote to break away from the Ukraine, the drums of war have never beat louder or stronger. Russia is massing men and weapons on the border as Vladimir Putin complains about the treatment of ethnic Russians in the Ukraine. Putin is setting up a reason to invade the Ukraine and adding them back under their control. The United States is no longer a deterrent to Putin’s ambitions. The best Obama and Kerry have been able to do is threaten sanctions.
“Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine. In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.” – Barack HUSSEIN Obama
Bloviations…bloviations and NOTHING more for words are cheap when NOT backed up by action…military action…period.
And while Obama bloviates on and on it appears, at least on the surface, that Crimea does want to become part of Russia, with Russia saying it would welcome Crimea with open arms, especially since 60% of Crimea’s population are ethnic Russians. But Ukraine and the U.S. are poo-pooing the fact that on March 16th, Crimea will hold a referendum on whether to join Russia or remain part of Ukraine, with a ballot in Russian, Ukrainian, and Crimean Tatar that reads in part, “Are you for the reaffirmation of the constitution of the Crimean Republic of 1992 and for Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine?”
“I am Russian. I don’t need protection.” – Russian protester living in the Ukraine opposed to Putin’s efforts to retake the Ukraine
And so as Russian forces encircle Ukraine with Russian fighter jets having entering Ukrainian air space…and with Russian troops having seized control of Crimea including surrounding Ukrainian military installations all while regaining a much wanted warm-water port…Barack HUSSEIN Obama still does NOTHING to stand strong while Putin sends warships into the Black Sea.
Bottom line..Putin has won this round of the chess game against America’s cowardly wimp that is our president. And while Obama and his shills continue to bloviate meaningless words a new…or should I say a ‘reborn’ old super power has emerged…damn you Obama…damn you as this is indeed all of your doing.