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Uploaded: Oct 12, 2021
Did it strike you as unusual when three high-ranking U.S. cabinet members met with the Mexican president last week over the border crisis, but Vice President Kamala Harris, the border czar appointed by President Joe Biden, was missing?
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland met with the Mexican president and leaders to discuss how to stem that tide of illegal immigrants that could total 2 million people in 2021 unless something changes.
Earlier this year, with great fanfare, Biden appointed Harris. It took her months to actually show up in the border area, she didn’t actually get to the Rio Grande River, and any public pronouncements of her solutions to the underlying problems for the hordes of immigrants have not been forthcoming. Not hard to figure out when the majority of the 15,000 that crowded under the International Bridge in Del Rio were Haitians who already were living abroad but headed north for the president’s open borders. Incidentally, the Biden Administration, given contracts written during the Trump Campaign, is paying contractors $3 million daily not to work on the wall despite having the materials and people ready to do the work. The administration announced that it’s cancelling those contracts last Friday—lots and lots of steel is stacked unused along the border.
Perhaps the people around Biden have figured out that Harris is incapable of leading in the czar role. It is similar to what President Barack Obama figured out about Biden who he had named to lead the recovery act for shovel-ready jobs. If you remember that included such fiascos as the bankrupt Solyndra in Fremont and the California high-speed rail that voters approved in 2008. It’s now an estimated $100 billion project and is years behind schedule along with a route limited to Bakersfield to Merced in the Central Valley. Joe was quietly moved out of that job.
Speaking of Blinken, did you note that he was begging the Organization of Oil Producing Countries to greatly increase their planned pumping to offset a supply shortage? Presumably he’s skilled diplomat to make that “ask” with a straight face given that his boss has done everything possible to slow or stop production of fossil fuel products in the United States. On his first day, Biden killed the Keystone XL pipeline. He’s made climate change and driving the country away from fossil fuels a high priority regardless of its impact on the American people. Nationally, gasoline prices are up 40% since Biden took office and it’s worse in California where only Hawaii pays more at the pump.
Add in the staggering increases in food costs and energy costs that will soar given the soaring natural gas prices and the average consumer is being hit for about $2,100 annually by Biden’s policies. Beef prices have climbed 9.6% in the last year, while pork and chicken are also up more than 5% according to the agriculture department. Beef prices are the highest they’ve seen since the 1980s.
I have seen it personally: marinated barbecued tri-tip is a favorite in our house. Within the last year, I’ve bought untrimmed tri-tips for $2.50 on sale. They were $5 per pound recently on sale.
We’ll save the president’s cognitive abilities and the fawning media for another day.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Rich+Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Oct 12, 2021 at 10:09 am

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We do not appear to be in bad shape here in the SF Bay Area with backed up Cargo Ships at anchor in our harbor. However, news reports suggest our Oakland Docks are sparsely loaded with light traffic in and out of the loading areas both maritime and trucking. Long Beach is another matter entirely with a large array of backed up cargo ships at anchor.

Here locally oil tankers have been moving freely in and out of SF Bay Area. We watched the Blue Angels flight demonstrations on Sat and Sun Fleet Week from the gun turrets up on the bluff at Cavallo Point (north end of the Golden Gate Bridge) and noted 3 big oil tankers, riding high in the water, heading back out to sea for another load and more coming into the Bay between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

The oil market story line narrative reports inflation is hitting the oil markets nonetheless with the Green Agenda driving up oil prices. We're passing up through $80 per barrel. That's a 31.82+- % jump in the last 45 days. In August 2021 Oil prices were $60.69 a barrel. Bullion prices (Au) surged above $2000.

Here in Livermore we are joyously sailing along calling for home retrofits to direct us away from natural gas, happily attending to the Green Agenda dogma's without a care in the world expressed by planners over inflation inducing Green Agenda Dogma. We got science. We feel good, possibly even smug, so that should count. Not one planner dared say "hold on a bit."

The last planner to express an independent, unscripted thought, even while speaking with 40 years engineering experience and holding a doctoral degree in the area in which he spoke, was publicly humiliated and made to apologize. Everything at this level is scripted.

Posted by DublinMike, a resident of Dublin,
on Oct 12, 2021 at 10:49 am

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Tim's right-wing bias at its best. It was unfortunate that you rarely commented on Donald Trump's shenanigans.

I imagine that if President Biden became involved with the gas prices, etc., that you would have called him a socialist or, at the very least, a dangerous liberal.

Posted by Lahommed, a resident of Dublin,
on Oct 12, 2021 at 1:53 pm

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Between backed up cargo ships in LA an d soon the BAY AREA PLUS THE 65000-75000 ILLEGALS COMING UP FROM Panama headed to our unsecure southern border we are headed for disaster. The last time we saw nonsense like this was the Jimmy Carter years. With Ancient relics like pelosi and biden who have one foot in the grave syndrome and yet they are still in power? What the Hell America are we really that stupid to allow the walking dead to lead us? America is currently run by imbeciles and in truth if Trump were in office None of this would be happening! America you allowed the inmates from the asylum to run the show and this is what you get and deserve!

Posted by Jake Waters, a resident of Birdland,
on Oct 12, 2021 at 3:57 pm

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You have to laugh Tim, the left STILL wants you to craft into your topic ‘all things Trump.' Do they know he's not President? Trump is still living in their heads, probably because they have a lot of space up there. These lefties want to divert any discussion of the PINO (President In Name Only) Biden. Their mantra is, “Nothing to see here."

Anyway Tim, good article and thank you for addressing it. With PINO, you could talk for days and then spend a week on what's her name.

‘Let's Go Brandon!' LOL. Most people probably don't get that reference. CNN doesn't talk about that.

Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Oct 14, 2021 at 5:56 am

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This one month old video by Clif High suggests we are crossing a big red line, perhaps by Oct 20th with a failure of one MSM outlet. Hyperinflation will wake up many as to what's really going on starting Oct 15th. Web Link Clif is very accurate on what happens and less accurate on when exactly events happen. He developed Predictive Linquistics. He gave a heads up to many followers to get into Bitcoin at 10¢ per coin creating many millionaires. I've followed him for several years. It will be interesting to see who realizes we really were attacked by the CCP.

Posted by Kevin, a resident of Castlewood,
on Oct 16, 2021 at 11:38 am

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Trump and Trumplicans represent the biggest threat to our Democracy. Trump is not gone. He is leading a slow coup since his last attempt on Jan. 6th did not succeed. Right-wing media is keeping Trumplicans brainwashed through dog whistles like CRT, Replacement Theory, anti-vaccine, etc. They don't care about people's problems and solutions. Just keep a loud minority of white people brainwashed and mad so the politicians can raise money.

But black, brown, and educated suburbanites see right through the garbage. That is why Republicans and Trump lost the House, Presidency and Senate in 4 short years. They have ruined the Republican Party. The end is certain for Trumplicans - it is a matter of time.

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