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The United States is in my mind the greatest country on earth. Our decency, our values, the principles we stand on I can say to you with zero hesitation or reservation I am proud to be an American. Unfortunately, many Americans do not feel the same anymore. We view patriotism far too often through the […]

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Rob Long is in for Jim. Today, Rob and Greg serve up two good martinis, plus a bad and a crazy.  They start by getting a kick out of the Texas Dems’ PR stunt getting more bizarre, as five members test positive for COVID while they remain on the lam.  They welcome public denunciation of China’s destructive hacking efforts but wonder just how tough the world will get in confronting Beijing.  They also fire back at White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for suggesting that a user who is banned on one social platform for “misinformation” should be banned on all of them. And they get a kick out of the government renaming animals like Asian carp and gypsy moths to avoid offending someone.

Diminished President, Undiminished Ineptitude: The Biden Presidency in 4 Words

 

“Probe with bayonets. If you encounter steel, withdraw. If you encounter mush, continue.” — Attributed to Vladimir Lenin

Trepidation often occurs when a new US administration takes office. Nefarious totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, such as Iran, North Korea, and of course Communist China and Russia – often prod for weakness. But sometimes, crises take the form of opportunities.

Four martinis for the price of three today! First, Jim and Greg are thrilled to know their vision for Disney CTU is now a reality. They also cheer the Senate for passing legislation banning imports likely produced through slave labor in China’s Xinjiang Province. Then they hammer the Black Lives Matter Organization for defending the communist regime in Cuba, blaming the U.S. embargo for the misery there, and praising the Cuban government for giving asylum to an American cop killer. Finally, they react to the American Booksellers Association apologizing for including a “violent” book in its recent mailing – because it urges parents to be wary of the transgender movement.

Join Jim and Greg as they hammer Democrats in Texas for fleeing to Washington to avoid voting on an election reform bill. They also note how the media has very different views depending on whether Republicans or Democrats are trying to block legislation. They also rip the Biden administration for even thinking about injecting “fact check” messages into our texting threads to counter alleged disinformation. And they groan as the World Health Organization keeps catering to China, this time by buying 110 million doses of Chinese COVID vaccines that don’t work very well.

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Communist China is crushing Hong Kong, threatening Taiwan, and trying to bully allies like Australia. Protesters are marching in Cuba in defiance of their communist government. With communist governments trying to flex their muscles and stepping up repression of their citizens, now is not the time to water down the President’s annual “captive nations” statement […]

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Somehow I’m beginning to feel like a broken record, and I would be surprised if some of you didn’t agree with that sentiment. What can I say?  I can say that I don’t look for this stuff, it just keeps coming up.  You may know that I regularly listen to the John Batchelor show, hardly an […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they slam radical Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib for wanting to defund Customs & Border Patrol, ICE, and the entire Department of Homeland Security. They also unload on the 40 leftist groups urging President Biden to look the other way on Uighur genocide and Hong Kong repression in order to build cooperation for a climate change agenda. And they have fun with John Kerry getting caught doing what John Kerry does best – thinking the rules don’t apply to him.

QQ For You and Me: Bubble Tea, Diplomat

 

You may know it as bubble tea, tapioca tea, pearl milk tea, or boba tea. You may not know it at all. But, like popcorn chicken and scallion pancakes, bubble tea is a Taiwanese invention that’s grown to be beloved worldwide. And it’s not just a culinary triumph for the tiny democracy; it’s also become a symbol of important, and strengthening, international ties in the modern age. 

Jim and guest host Chad Benson applaud China for realizing that insulting all of your neighbors does not garner influence. They are also bewildered by the incompetency of the vote counting in NYC’s Democratic primary which is expected to last until July 6. Lastly, they ponder the merit of Tucker Carlson’s claim that the NSA is spying on his show.

 

Jim & Greg are glad to see VP Kamala Harris finally deciding to visit the border amid mounting pressure from Donald Trump, conservatives, and some in the media. They also cringe at President Biden’s dishonest attempts to justify gun control and saying that anyone wanting to resist the government would need F-15s and nukes. Finally, they discuss China covering up their climate abuses by paying off American media outlets and nonprofits.

Jim and Greg applaud Senate Republicans for standing strong and voting against the partisan election reform bill offered by Democrats. They also blast China for forcing the last remaining pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong to close its doors. Finally, they sigh at the news that it will take at least a week or longer to find out who won the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City.

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Jim and Greg investigate a recent report of a high-level Chinese defector who allegedly has “damaging information” on many American intelligence and government officials. They also remark on Senator Whitehouse’s continued membership in an all-white beach club in Rhode Island. Lastly, they lament that Democrats are calling a tragic car accident at a gay parade in Florida a “terrorist attack.”

Shanghai and Beijing – The Godfather, Parts 1 and 2

 

Back in 2004, I was sent to China to help implement Process Engineer Training in Shanghai, my first trip to Asia. The training was focused on properly applying the scientific method to aid in problem-solving. I made several more trips to China over the next ten years (as well as trips to South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore), and I learned many things about communist China:

– The downtown architecture of Shanghai is like Godzilla meets The Jetsons with a dash of fireworks-influenced design.

– Always eat in restaurants, never from street vendors.

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It turns out that Xi Jinping and I have something in common: we are both fans of Goethe’s Faust. Indeed, Xi is said to even know the work by heart. I wonder what aspects of Faust have been particularly meaningful to Xi, both personally and as relates to his current job as Dictator.  Here’s the […]

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Jack Butler brings his National Review colleague Jimmy Quinn back to the show to attempt to solve the dual problem of corporations that advance left-wing pieties at home but roll over for the Chinese Communist Party abroad (and also at home).

Join Jim and Greg as they shudder at the extent of Chinese repression on the anniversary of the brutal Tiananmen Square crackdown – not only in China but now in Hong Kong as well. They also discuss the slightly disappointing May jobs report and get a kick out of the hyperbolic reaction on both sides of the aisle. And they laugh as the government issues a new report saying there is no proof that aliens are behind unidentified aircraft and also no proof that they aren’t.

How Totalitarianism Rhymes Throughout History: Czechoslovakia, China, & Venezuela

 

“It can’t happen here” is a political cliche in the United States. Regardless of your personal viewpoint, there is a vast swath of the American population who simply do not believe in the possibility of any kind of totalitarianism in the United States.

It’s worth noting that throughout history, in virtually every place that totalitarian regimes have arisen, the residents of these countries felt the same way. Russia was seen as too traditional and backward, the power of the Czar too entrenched to be defeated. Germany had been viewed throughout most of the modern period as the home of GoetheSchiller, and Mozart, a place where the local Jewish population had largely assimilated.

Join Jim and Greg as they examine the political and media left now treating the Wuhan lab leak theory seriously after a year of calling such talk a baseless conspiracy, and even the Biden administration is joining the chorus. They also sigh as the Taliban threatens it’s neighbors not to host any military bases for U.S. forces following our withdrawal from Afghanistan this year. And they they’re stunned that California voters not only oppose recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom but strongly support his handling of the pandemic.

The Middle East Is in Deep Trouble—and So Are We

 

How many times did the Obama Administration lie to us during Obama’s Presidency? Most of us have probably lost track. But did you realize that they lied at least 14 times about the JCPOA? President Trump removed us from this abomination of a deal and instituted sanctions on Iran for their duplicitous activities on the JCPOA; unfortunately, the Biden Administration has reversed his actions and even worse, are using most of Obama’s original team to complete the deal with Iran. These activities will not only jeopardize peace in the Middle East, but create an existential threat to Israel and most importantly, put our own national security at risk. The arrogance and naivete of Biden’s team is pathetic at best, and treacherous at worst. We are all in deep trouble.

The Biden Administration has decided that Iran is a better choice for leading the Middle East than the Saudis. They’ve demonstrated their intentions in a number of ways. Although Secretary of State Blinken has stated that the U.S. must “toe a harder line” in the JCPOA negotiations, our actions have confirmed the opposite. (This excellent article explains what is occurring in the “negotiations,” and the reasons.) A key player for the U.S. team is Robert Malley, who was on Obama’s team, and seems to be driving the Biden strategy. Biden’s people agree not only that Obama’s original agenda must be completed, but they have already agreed to a number of concessions in principle. Abbas Aragchi, Iran’s lead negotiator in Vienna, indicates the following:

The American negotiators, he claimed, had already agreed in principle to remove sanctions on Iran’s energy sector, automotive industry, financial services, banking industry, and ports—to eliminate, in other words, all of the most significant economic sanctions ever imposed on Iran. Recent statements from Biden administration officials give us no reason to disbelieve Araghchi, and the smart money is now on a full resurrection of the JCPOA in relatively short order.