Join Jim and Greg as they continue their week of special podcasts. Today, they take a grim look back at August 2021 and the disgraceful, chaotic, and deadly U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. They walk through the Biden administration’s missteps before, during, and after the Taliban took control of Kabul. They also recognize the heroism of U.S. veterans who refused to leave their Afghan friends to the brutality of the Taliban and worked feverishly to get them out of the country. And they examine the ways that America’s perceived weakness around the world has impacted events throughout the world.

Jim and Greg are both on vacation but they put together a full week of brand new content for you. Today, they preview Jim’s soon-to-be-released novel, “Gathering Five Storms.” It’s the third installment in his “Dangerous Clique” series. Today, Jim offers a refresher on the premise for the series and what readers can expect in this latest novel. He also has a related e-book short story entitled “Saving the Devil” so you can get a flavor for the novel for just 99 cents. Finally, they discuss how real world events and ideas greatly influence the plot in his novels.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the CIA drone killing of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan and recount the horrors he helped to inflict over the years. But they also wonder just how much Al Qaeda has reconstituted in Afghanistan. They also note the signs of a fraying relationship between the U.S. and Ukraine and whether the Biden administration is looking to end the war while Zelensky refuses. And they shake their heads as Trump endorses “ERIC” in the Missouri Senate race, since Eric Greitens is a scandal-ridden cancer on the GOP who could easily lose the general election and Eric Schmitt is a strong conservative who would win easily in November.

Join Jim and Greg as they discuss two-thirds of Democrats now wanting a Plan B in 2024 as President Biden’s approval numbers keep getting worse. They also discuss the massive upheaval in Sri Lanka and how the economic chaos there may well be repeated in other nations. And they shake their heads as the mainstream media treats Shinzo Abe gets more critical coverage in the media than evil figures like Baghdadi or Soleimani.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome what appears to be the Biden administration’s grudging admission that there won’t be a new Iran nuclear deal. They also hammer President Biden for reportedly getting ready to pander to his base through massive student loan forgiveness and explain who will really benefit. And they find the timing curious as Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey demands “algorithmic justice” after Elon Musk buys Twitter.

Join Jim and Greg in breathing an unobstructed sigh of relief as U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle finds the federal mask mandate for public transportation unconstitutional. They also cover the fallout from Washington Post tech reporter Taylor Lorenz trying to expose the operator of the Libs of TikTok Twitter page, despite publicly condemning online harassment aimed towards herself just weeks ago. And Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke changes his mind again on the Remain in Mexico policy, now saying it needs to end.

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Inattentive to food fads – inattentive, perhaps churlishly so, to all fads – I cannot remember if trans fatty acids were “a thing” thirty years ago. A preoccupation – but those are susceptible to fashion and so I call it a fad. In the nutrition courses I taught, I certainly discussed fatty acids and their […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they roll their eyes at the overdue admission from the New York Times that the Hunter Biden laptop was not Russian misinformation, but a real story as the New York Post reported in October 2020. They shame the United Nations for being an expensive “Debate Society” that has proven itself completely useless in solving international issues. And despite its long record of evil, including the targeting and killing of American troops, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps may soon lose its “Foreign Terrorist Organization” tag as part of the ongoing nuclear negotiations.

Join Jim and Greg as they dive into a new poll showing Democrats underwater with Hispanic voters and what it means for the upcoming midterm elections. They also criticize the Biden State Department’s meek responses to missile strikes close to a U.S consulate in Iraq and Russian strikes near the Polish border. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi comforts Americans struggling with higher prices at the pump and grocery store by assuring them that runaway government spending actually decreases inflation.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome public comments from Dem Senators Joe Manchin and Jon Tester urging President Biden to boost production of American energy. They also react to leaders from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates refusing to speak with Biden about boosting oil output. And they examine the Ohio GOP Senate primary and curious media practice of spending the most time talking about the candidate who is clearly in third place.

 

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I’m not what you would call a regular reader of Consortium News but I found this article a useful summary of the bi-partisan, State Department lead, fustercluck that has been US foreign policy in Ukraine since 1991. Although this was written in 2015, it sounds like it was written yesterday, and is a useful counterpoint […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three bad martinis to close out the week. And two of them come from President Biden’s interview with NBC News. First, they react to Biden calling Lester Holt a “wise guy” for asking the president to explain why he said inflation would be temporary. They also cringe as Biden essentially calls his military leaders liars for suggesting he was caught flat-footed by the unravelling of Afghanistan. And they shudder as the prosecutor’s office in Loudoun County, Virginia, hires a convicted sex offender without doing a background check.

Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate a successful U.S. Special Forces strike that killed the leader of ISIS. They cheer on the newly filed lawsuit on behalf of black New Yorkers arguing their voting power is diluted by non-citizen voting. And they break down new information on former CNN President Jeff Zucker’s sudden departure is connected to disgraced former anchor Chris Cuomo.

Join Jim and Greg as they share three martinis with former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was also the vice presidential nominee for the Democrats in the 2000 presidential campaign. They discuss why Lieberman sees Russia and Iran as the biggest immediate threats to U.S. national security and his blunt assessments of how the Biden administration handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan and how it is approaching Iran . They also discuss why communist China is not as high among imminent threats on Lieberman’s list. And Lieberman offers his reaction to Senators Manchin and Sinema standing up against the rest of their party on the filibuster and describes what it was like for him to stand alone on the Iraq War, opposing a public option on Obamacare and more.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome news of a pretty big shift in political party allegiance over the past year. They also unload on the tech executive and partial owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors who coldly declared that he and most people do not care about the plight of the Uighurs in China. And they’re frustrated to learn that the gunman at the Texas synagogue hostage crisis was allowed into the U.S. despite numerous red flags.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome new Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and applaud him following up on his campaign promises on his very first day. They also credit the FBI for a successful resolution to the hostage crisis at a Texas synagogue on Saturday but then fume as the bureau, the media, and the president claim the motive for the incident is a mystery. And they hammer the Salt Lake Tribune for suggesting the national guard should be called in to make sure the unvaccinated never leave their homes.

 

It’s media day in our year-end Three Martini Lunch awards and Jim and Greg have plenty to say about how things were covered – if they were covered at all.  Specifically, they look at the stories the mainstream media covered far too much, the ones they conveniently ignored because they didn’t fit their narrative, and they highlight what they saw as the best stories of 2021.

 

Jim and Greg are back for the third round of their prestigious Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, they discuss the worst scandals of 2021, with Jim choosing an international mess of epic proportions and Greg opting for a national security crisis much closer to home. Then, they reveal their choices for the best and worst political theater of 2021.