We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Little surprise gift from Israel to Iran, maybe?"
October 7 is the date I've got marked on my calendar, but that could be the 6th US ET. Haven't decided yet. I've posted this on MF before. What's my prediction worth? Absolutely nothing. But here's what I think you can take to the bank: the decision to strike has already been made by the Israeli government, most likely several months ago. The decision that remains is not TO strike but NOT to strike. Strategically, the decision to strike takes a lot of up-front preparation that can't be left to the last moment (call up of the army reserves to protect the borders, for instance). Standing down from a decision to strike is a lot easier. Ergo, a decision to launch an attack before the US election is held has to have been made already. Canceling that decision can be left almost to the last moment, depending on what arrangements and commitments the Israelis may have with anti-government forces inside Iran and with any fly-over nations. Flee the stock market MF investors, before it's too late. We're headed for another October meltdown. Don't get caught looking and with your pants down. You too, Barry O. Watch for the pick-n-roll.
The one thing propping up Government Motors these days is the GSA's purchases of cars from them. If the federal government were to sell the remaining stock it still holds in GM, it would lose $50 billion on its investment. In ObamaWorld that is a great SUCCESS because the loss is less than a $trillion. Add to that the fact that the federal bailout of the auto industry helped the Italian car maker Fiat take majority control of Chrysler, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of that company, so we no longer have an American Big Three but a Big 1.5, Ford being the only real US car company left. If the Corporatist Barack Obama had a father, he would probably look like Mussolini.
The hell with this political SSDD ... go watch the stuff about Abby and Brittany Hensel. Proof positive that:
a) Mama Gaea is not above a really wicked bender every now and then;
b) when she gets good and sloshed, she can outweird the most outre fantasy writers; and
c) the result is ... well, I saw a couple of TV shows about the Hensel twins when they were a lot younger. Haven't seen these latest ones, but unless they've changed a LOT they're two right fine human beings, for all that they've led lives stranger than any of us could possibly imagine.