Blaino: HEY…. GETTING SOME NEWS… SOME ON TALABANI, SOME ON RV, MORE…. BE BACK IN A FEW WITH SOME DETAILS! 15 OR 20 MINUTES…. STANDBY::::::::::::::::
Blaino: BAGHDAD – The president of Iraq is in a coma after suffering a stroke, sources tell Fox News. Jalal Talabani’s health has reportedly deteriorated significantly, and The Associated Press reported his medical team is attempting to stabilize him. Reuters reported Talabani is in “critical but stable condition.”
Talabani, a rare unifying figure who is seen to rise above the country’s ethnic and sectarian fault lines, has been actively involved in trying to mediate an ongoing crisis between Iraq’s central government and the country’s Kurdish minority.
The spokesman, Ali al-Moussawi, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is at the hospital where the president is being treated. Doctors have not decided whether Talabani will continue to be treated in Baghdad or will be flown to another country for treatment, he said. He was unable to provide further details.
Talabani’s office earlier said the Iraqi president had been rushed to the hospital after showing signs of fatigue on Monday evening, and that he was being treated for an unspecified health problem. Talabani’s spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. An Iraqi Cabinet official said Talabani fainted Monday and remains unconscious.
The official agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details about the president’s health.
The Iraqi presidency is seen as a largely ceremonial post, though it does retain some powers under Iraq’s constitution. The president must sign off on laws approved by parliament and has the power to block executions. Talabani, a member of Iraq’s Kurdish minority, has frequently used the post to mediate disputes within the government and among Iraq’s various sects and ethnic groups.
He has recently been working to resolve a standoff between the central government and the Kurds, who have their own fighting force. The two sides last month moved additional troops into disputed areas along the Kurds’ self-rule northern region, prompting fears that fighting could break out.
Talabani last week brokered a deal that calls on both sides to eventually withdraw troops from the contested areas, though there is no timetable for how soon the drawdown might take place. Talabani met with al-Maliki earlier Monday. They agreed that al-Maliki would invite a delegation from the Kurdish regional government to Baghdad to continue the talks, according to the prime minister’s office.
Blaino: so, it would seem we have a problem…. (as Dinarians)
Blaino: TALIBANI HAS ALWAYS BEEN A STABILIZING FORCE IN THE DISPUTE THAT SEEMS TO BE NEVER ENDING BETWEEN THE BAGHDAD GOVERNMENT AND THE KURDISH REGION….
REMEMBER WHEN WE INFORMED YOU ON 9-12-2011 WHEN WE GOT THE BEGINNINGS OF A “HOT” (SHOOTING) CIVIL WAR? WE HAD CONTACTS THAT REPORTED THAT TO US (AS AN IMPENDING EVENT) ON THE 9TH AND 10TH….
WE ALL HOPED IT WOULD NOT ERUPT, BUT IT DID…. THE STATE DEPARTMENT DECLARED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS THE NEXT DAY AND THEN, THANKFULLY AND IN LARGE PART DUE TO TALIBANI’S INFLUENCE, EVERYONE STEPPED BACK FROM THE THRESHOLD…..
Blaino: WE DO HAVE THE STORY BREAKING IN IRAQ NOW ON IRAQI TELEVISION… THERE WAS SOME SPECULATION THAT THIS MIGHT BE SIMILAR TO THE KUWAITI STORY THE DAY BEFORE THE KWD WAS RELEASED TO TRADE, THAT BEING THAT THE KING WAS DEAD, WHICH WAS NOT TRUE OF COURSE.
THE KING OF KUWAIT (EMIR) IS A SINGULAR LEADER… WHERE TALIBANI IS ONE OF SEVERAL… AND THE DYNAMIC WOULD BE DIFFERENT.
Blaino: NOW… ON TO THE CHRISTMAS QUESTION…. 5 DAYS OUT…. WE DO NOT THINK THIS IS IN THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY AT THIS POINT… I WISH I HAD BETTER INTEL… I DO HAVE A BUNCH… JUST LIKE EVERY YEAR AT THIS TIME.
HOWEVER, AND AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE THE RV, IF INDEED WE ARE TO GET ONE, AS OPPOSED TO A FLOAT, IS NOT RELATED TO ANY CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY OR WESTERN EVENT. OUR CALENDER IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN THEIRS.
Blaino: WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO SEE MAJOR EVENTS IN SOME CONNECTED WAY TO DATES OR OTHER EVENTS AND THIS MAY JUST NOT BE THE CASE. 9-11 IS SUCH A DATE …. NOW…
FOR US, BUT IT IS NOW LOCKED INTO “OUR” CALENDAR… BUT THE EVENT IN QUESTION ON THE ISLAMIC CALENDAR FLOATS TO A NEW DAY EVERY YEAR… THEIR CALENDAR, AND THEIR RELIGION IN MANY WAYS IS BASED ON THE “MOON GOD OF ALLAH”….
THEY WORSHIP A STONE FROM “GOD”…. IN MECCA…. WHICH WE NOW KNOW IS NOTHING MORE THAN A METEORITE THAT FELL AND CREATED A STIR AMONG A BASICALLY STONE AGE PEOPLE….
THEY ASSIGNED A GREAT VALUE TO THIS BLACK STONE AND WORSHIPED IT…. THIS WOULD NOT BE THE CASE IF THE EXACT SAME STONE FELL TODAY…. WOULD IT?
Mrs.Wisdom: Blaino are we still at level 5+?
Blaino: NOW, AS TO 5+….. GIVING THAT DUE CONSIDERATION WITH RESPECT TO RECENT INTEL…. I’LL LET YOU ALL KNOW, OF COURSE.
AS MANY OF YOU MIGHT REMEMBER, LAST YEAR ON THE 17TH I WAS ABLE TO GRANT A “PASS” GOOD TILL THE 3RD OF JANUARY WHERE I WAS ABLE TO TELL YOU THAT YOU COULD ALL RELAX DURING THE HOLIDAYS AS THERE WAS “NO CHANCE” FOR THE RV TO OCCUR UNTIL SOMETIME AFTER JANUARY 3RD….
THEN WE HAD A MASSIVE CALL FOR THE RV ON THE 23RD (LAST YEAR)…. HM CALLED ME WHEN I POSTED THAT NO, IT WAS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ON THE 23RD… AND ASKED ME HOW I COULD SAY THAT WHEN 2000 PEOPLE SAID IT WOULD RV? I TOLD HIM IT WAS SIMPLE, 2000 PEOPLE WERE “W R O N G!!!”
THIS YEAR IT’S A TAD MORE COMPLICATED AFTER THIS TALIBANI NEWS & MAY DEFINITELY AFFECT OUR ALERT STATUS RATING ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF: THE TIME IT MAY TAKE TO FIND A REPLACEMENT, THE SUITABILITY OF SAID REPLACEMENT, THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE REPLACEMENT TO BOTH THE PEOPLE OF THE REGION AND THE GOVERNMENT IN BAGHDAD….
“SHORTLY AFTER A MEETING WITH al MALIKI…..” MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT WAS: IN THE TEA, ON THE ARMRESTS OF THE CHAIR, ON THE PAPERWORK OR OTHER MATERIALS SET OUT FOR HIM, IN THE ELEVATOR…. ETC, ETC…. OR AM I JUST TOO “JAMES BOND” FOR TODAY??
AS YOU MAY REMEMBER, I WAS UNABLE TO GRANT A “PASS” RECENTLY…. THAT ‘MAY’….. THAT ‘MAY’ BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS, DAYS……
Blaino: I WISH I COULD DO A PASS…. BE NICE TO WIND THE STRESS LEVEL DOWN….. PLUS, IT WOULD BE ANOTHER CHANCE TO BE ‘WRO… WRO…. MISTAKEN!’ BESIDES, I WOULD “LOVE” TO BE …. MISTAKEN ABOUT A PASS…. JUST ONCE! ONCE IS ALL IT WOULD TAKE…. AND NO ONE WOULD CARE, AS THEY WOULD BE FAR TOO BUSY “CASHING OUT” TO BOTHER WITH IT!
mack123 CHINA HAS AN ‘ENTERPRISE ZONE’… WHEN WE DO ONE HERE, IT’S USUALLY RESERVED TO A DEFUNCT DOWNTOWN SOMEPLACE THAT NEEDS A SHOT IN THE ARM….
FOR CHINA, VIET NAM “IS” THEIR ENTERPRISE ZONE, BUT METHINKS THEY DO NOT WANT THE DONG TO INCREASE IN VALUE. THEY NEED TO KEEP THE ‘OUT OF POCKET COST OF FULFILLMENT’ ON THEIR INDUSTRIES THERE AS LOW AS POSSIBLE.
AS CHINAS ECONOMY STRENGTHENS, THEY NEED TO FARM OUT PROCESSING AND SOME OR ALL OF THEIR PRODUCTION TO SOMEPLACE CHEAPER…. VIET NAM FILLS THE BILL NICELY AND HAS THE ADDED VALUE OF CLOSE PROXIMITY THERE ARE SOOOOOO MANY FACTORS IN PLAY ON ALL OF THIS, ONE NEEDS A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON ALL OF THIS TV SHOWS THEM HOW THE REST OF THE WORLD IS DOING IT…
IMPORTING “HAPPY DAYS” AND OTHER OLDER AMERICAN TV PROGRAMMING INTO CHINA YEARS AGO WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE COMMUNIST SYSTEM THERE
Blaino: mack123 PANDA IS STILL WATCHING AND WE ARE STILL WAITING…
Blaino: kenlad THEY ARE PLAYIN CATCH-UP REALLY FAST! WE HAD SEVERAL B-29’s OVERFLY JAPAN AND GET FORCED DOWN IN RUSSIAN TERRITORY DURING THE CLOSING DAYS OF WWII…. IN MONTHS THE RUSSIANS COPIED THE PLANES AND FLEW THEM…. THAT PART OF THE WORLD WILL HAVE NO QUALMS ABOUT COPY-CATTING
THE RUSSIAN B-29 EVEN HAD ENGLISH WORDING ON SOME OF THE PARTS… THEY CAST THEIRS FROM MOLDS MADE FROM THE ORIGINALS….
Blaino: mack123 HERE AGAIN, THE “UNASSAILABLE RESOURCE” CONCEPT REARS IT’S POINTY LIL HEAD! IF I TELL YOU THAT…. SAY, BIDEN TOLD ME XYZ…. HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY CHECK THAT?
Blaino: Kennypth AS ALWAYS, THERE ARE DIVERGENT FORCES… AND THOSE THAT SEEM TO BE…. THE TRUTH IS IN THERE SOMEWHERE.
Blaino: PANDA, DEWEY, TEXASTOM (OKIE’s SMARTER BROTHER) AND OTHERS ARE STILL WORKING ON DISCOVERING WHAT’S GOING ON THERE.
CLEARLY, THERE HAS BEEN HUGE UPWARD PRESSURE ON THE VND, YET IT HOLDS… LOOKING AT THE BID & ASK CHARTS FOR THE LAST YEAR IS REVEALING….
ON OTHER SITES: NO ONE EVER GAGGED PLANET…. WE WENT SILENT FOR A DAY OR TWO IN 2011 WHEN SEVERAL OF THE OTHER SITES CLAIMED “GAG ORDER”… BUT AFTER 2 DAYS OF IT, I SAID… “THE HECK WITH ALL THIS” AND WE WENT BACK TO WORK. I’LL GET A “PASS” OUT IF THE INTEL WARRANTS IT…. AND I’LL GET IT ON OUR TEXT SYSTEM FIRST
Blaino: TennOkay WELL… A “PASS” IS AT THE VERY LEAST, A CALMING TIME… YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN LIVE LIFE IN A RELAXED STATE THE PASS ENDS.