Saturday, December 24, 2016

Obama Marks the Start of Hanukkah















19 comments:

Anonymous said...

TSB: This is the 1st time Hanukkah has fallen on Christmas eve since 1904. My dad didn't know that because he was -7 years old then. gwb

Happy Hannukah!

TSB said...

GWB: Have an observant Holiday of your choosing, yourself!

Anonymous said...

Thanks TSB!!

Anonymous said...

TSB: It looks like bulldozers, trucks,rail stock and cars aren't the only things collapsing. Now its airplanes! gwb
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Then, over the weekend, we got a glimpse into the real "price" of airplanes, when Iran said on Sunday it had negotiated to pay only about half the announced price for 80 new Boeing airliners in an order that Boeing had previously said was worth $16.6 billion. The sale includes 50 twin-jet, narrow-body 737 planes and 30 long-range, wide-body 777 aircraft. The first airplanes are scheduled for delivery in 2018, with the entire order being fulfilled over 10 years.

"Boeing has announced that its IranAir contract is worth $16.6 billion. However, considering the nature of our order and its choice possibilities, the purchase contract for 80 Boeing aircraft is worth about 50 percent of that amount," said Deputy Transport Minister Asghar Fakhrieh-Kashan, quoted by Iran's IRNA state news agency.

Then there is the question of how much funding the Ex-Im bank may have provided to Iran: when all is said and done, it is possible that the Persian nation ended up paying nothing out of pocket, and merely funded its purchase of Boeing airplanes with a generous loan from Uncle Sam.

As part of Iran's return to a post-sanctions world, Boeing and Airbus both signed huge contracts this month to supply airliners to Iran, the first such deals since international sanctions were lifted under a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-26/iran-negotiated-boeing-plane-purchases-half-price
PS: Delta has been buying 10 yr old 777's for $10 million each. How come we don't get to know how much the Ex/IM Bank put up for the Iran Deal?? Well, I suppose avoiding nuclear war was worth it?? Who needs that on top of world wide economic collapse!

TSB said...

GWB: I suppose Iran could just be dickering. If I were Iran, I'd buy Airbus after using Boeing for negotiating leverage. The Art of the Deal, you know.

Anonymous said...

TSB: Did you know Papandreau sold Greece down the river after Jamey Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein flew to Athens for a meeting?? They offered him 500 million Euros to do it and the money was later found in his mother-in-law's Swiss bank accountant. I don't know where he is now but probably not in her basement. gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: That Dam article by Dexter Filkins is a fantastic update. I thought the comment: "US had no contact with Iraqi officials for 5 years" was amazing. I guess this was a big part of the big US involvement in trying to retake Mosul. And the Italian firm unable to afford the huge kickback for emergency work last January? was telling. 2017 looks like the year the Iraq war chickens will come home to roost. I wonder what an epic disaster like that will do to the oil fields? gwb

TSB said...

GWB: If the Mosul dam fails it will be an epic disaster. The USACE has warned and warned and warned them, but we'll probably be blamed anyway.

Anonymous said...

TSB: Prediction: The Mosul dam failure this spring will end up being what ran ISIS out of Iraq and Trump will send the US Army Bass Fishing Team in to round up the stragglers and take credit for as his first campaign promise made good! And don't forget, Energy Secy Perry knows a lot about man made lakes! gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: We need to sign up this 6yo girl for our cybersecurity team. gwb

Child uses sleeping mom’s thumbprint to buy $250 in Pokemon gifts
'No, Mommy, I was shopping'
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/child-uses-sleeping-mom-thumbprint-to-buy-250-in-pokemon-gifts-a7499371.html

Anonymous said...

TSB: Lots of fuss about the UN Resolution. I don't get it? Obama just gave Bibi $38 billion.
(He must hate him.) Not to mention Isreal has universal public healthcare. I remember the days when we used to fuss about giving them $2 billion a year and we could afford healthcare. gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: From Russian Embassy in UK we have a diplomatic response to US throwing out 35 diplomats:President Obama expels 35 ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.
https://twitter.com/RussianEmbassy/status/814564127230271489/photo/1

Secretary of State John Kerry Quacked Up!!
TLP//WHITE gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: Oh Man! Here we go again. Kissinger Addresses Nobel Peace Forum and 7,000 people protest, demanding his arrest! Thanks Jimmy Dore
https://youtu.be/3CxI_Ibs8_Q

I've been reading The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II by Winston Groom It's the first time I've been able to understand exactly what these guys did that was so brilliant. Particularly MacArthur's decisions when he invaded the Phillipines. I had never even heard of how he talked (beat up is a better word) Adm.Kincaid (into providing cover with Taffy 3 for invading the island of Mindoro so they could build airstrips to support the invasion of Luzon. That proved to be critical. We only lost 10,000 dead in taking Luzon. great book! gwb

James said...

https://youtu.be/EDb303T-B1w

Anonymous said...

TSB: PUTIN LAUGHS OFF OBAMA...invites children of US diplomats to new years party at kremlin! gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: CNN RUNS FAKE NEWS STORY ABOUT RUSSIA CLOSING ANGLO-AMERICAN SCHOOL IN MOSCOW...watch out for that 'fake news'! It's all over the Tee Vee! gwb (but Drudge is on to it.)

http://www.infowars.com/cnn-runs-fake-news-story-about-russia-closing-anglo-american-school-in-moscow/

TSB said...

James: Surfing! I was confused for a minute, but now I get the reference. Yes indeed, if that dam fails, there will be some very tasty waves going all the way down river to Baghdad. Cowabunga!

James said...

TSB,
In my eternal and relentless pursuit to stay abreast of events:
https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/814862379192352769

Anonymous said...

James! You're a little too smart for a lot of us!
Bravo!! gwb