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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

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  1. Bill says:

    Mike Tyson says he goes through $40,000

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/14/us/mike-tyson-weed-trnd/index.html

    Tyson also asks if you think he is crazy. Well……..

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:
  3. Teve says:

    Wonder what stocks are gonna do today.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Over 150,000 Signatures On Petition To Change Street In Front Of Trump Tower To ‘Obama Ave’ It may be petty but, please oh please of please of please…..

  5. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    Another Republican follows in James’ footsteps. This can’t be easy…and as with James…should be acknowledged as so.
    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/08/15/joe-walsh-nyt-editorial-trump-primary-challenger-apology-berman-newday-intv-vpx.cnn
    Scarramucci has done similar in the last week…it’s just a little difficult to take the “Mooch” seriously.

  6. Kathy says:

    Boeing is showing the effects of too much consolidation in one industry. They’re the sole remaining manufacturer of commercial airliners in the US, and have been since they gobbled up McDonnell Douglas back in the 90s. their only real competitor is Airbus, the sole remaining European manufacturer (There’s ATR, but their product is a small regional prop plane; and the Russian firms have managed to produce the world’s most unreliable regional jet).

    The 737-MAX made the headlines, but that’s hardly the extent of Boeing’s problems. The 787 was very much delayed in development, though it’s selling well. Still, lately one engine variant, the Rolls Royce Trent engine, is causing problems. that’s not Boeing’s fault, but they did pick that engine for their plane.

    The next generation 777, the 777X or variously the 777-8 and 777-9 (and possibly 777-10) is also encountering delays. It has still to make its first test flight.

    There’s development of the mythical “middle of the market” plane, informally known as the 797. But it’s all still on paper (or screen).

    In the meantime Airbus has been quite successful with their new A350 wide body, the 2nd generation A320 family of narrow bodies, and it’s eating into Boeing’s prospective middle market plane with the A321 LR (Long Range) and the A321 XLR (eXtra Long Range). And yesterday I saw the first rumors of an A350-1000 ULR (Ultra Long Range), a follow-on to the A350-1000, meant to be able to undertake the world’s longest flights, these being Sidney to London, and Sidney to NYC(*).

    Not to mention Airbus acquired 51% of the Bombardier C-Series program, now known as the A220, for nothing at all. Bombardier struggled with sales. Once Airbus took over, it began to sell better.

    Boeing is trying to compete by acquiring the commercial division of Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. They make a good regional jet the E and E2 series, as well as very nice business jets, but they have nothing as revolutionary as the A220. Although their older E series is already quite popular all over the world, and the follow-on E2 will likely sell well.

    At one time the US had four airline manufacturers: Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Convair, and Lockheed. Europe had several, mainly in France and Britain.

    Competition is scarce. China has COMAC, which has built and sold a few small jets, and is trying to launch a narrow body airliner, the C919. the Russians are developing something, too, the Irkut MC-21. It makes sense to start with narrow bodies, as those are the models that sell most and are replaced more often.

    I assume when/if these models launch, their parent states will “suggest” their national airlines acquire these models. right now, this seems to be their main commercial advantage. Especially for COMAC, as the Chinese aviation market is HUGE and growing.

    I could mention the unfortunately named Boom in the US, which is trying to develop a supersonic airliner. I’m sure the founder, Blake Scholl, is sincere in his efforts, and he has backing from Japan Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic. But he’s taken on a monumental task which will run into a myriad issues, like the prohibition of supersonic travel over land. Not to mention supersonic aircraft will always consume much more fuel than subsonic ones, this last won’t fly (ha ha) well with the public worried about greenhouse gas emissions, especially as it will also be expensive to fly. Not as expensive as the Concorde, allegedly, but think high-end business class prices rather than coach fares.

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  7. reid says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: I’ve been following Walsh for awhile in twitter, for some random reason. He’s usually quite spot on, though he occasionally posts something that reflects his goofy tea party roots.

  8. Jen says:

    Powerful piece from Joe Kennedy III responding to Hugh Hewitt’s nonsense.

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  9. DrDaveT says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: I still have a hard time with anyone who can say with a straight face “I voted for Trump, knowing pretty much exactly what he is, because he wasn’t Hillary.” I want to strap such people to a chair and get them to tell me, in detail, what they expected Hillary to do that would be worse for the country than any random day of Trump Time.

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  10. CSK says:

    Epstein’s body has been released to an “unidentified associate.”

  11. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    Trump has taken the amazing step of advising Israel not to allow two Congresswomen, Omar and Talib, to visit that nation. Israel honored his recommendation.

    It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

    IANAL but some people are saying this is an outright violation of the Speech and Debate Clause of Article One.
    Whether that is true, or not, IT IS a flagrant abuse of power. Which is grounds for Impeachment. So make this the 842nd possible Article of Impeachment.

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  12. Joe says:

    It’s a good editorial by Kennedy, Jen, and luckily I don’t have the slightest idea what Hugh Hewitt said to trigger it. (And no, don’t tell me.)

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  13. DrDaveT says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl:

    They hate Israel & all Jewish people

    In any other administration, this statement by a sitting President about two members of Congress would be the dominant news story of the year.

    Resist normalization.

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  14. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: And the autopsy showed some injuries more consistent with manual strangulation than with hanging. Rev up the Conspiratorakacycle 500.

  15. Gustopher says:

    @CSK:

    Epstein’s body has been released to an “unidentified associate.”

    I don’t want to tell them how to do their jobs, but I think they should have identified the guy before handing over the body. People have to show ID to get cigarettes, beer or pot, but they’ll just hand over dead pedophiles to anyone who walks in off the street?

    This is how conspiracy theories start.

  16. Jen says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    showed some injuries more consistent with manual strangulation

    Yeah, I saw that, and some news reports aren’t really going out of their way to point out that age is a pretty big factor. The hyoid breaks more easily after middle age. But now we’ll have conspiracy turned up to 11. Sigh.

  17. CSK says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: Yes; this will fuel the conspiracy fires.

    @Gustopher: I’m sure the person had to identify him/herself to the M.E’s office, but not to identify that individual publicly is just going to add to all the paranoia.

  18. Kari Q says:

    @Gustopher:

    I don’t want to tell them how to do their jobs, but I think they should have identified the guy before handing over the body. People have to show ID to get cigarettes, beer or pot, but they’ll just hand over dead pedophiles to anyone who walks in off the street?

    @CSK:

    I’m sure the person had to identify him/herself to the M.E’s office, but not to identify that individual publicly is just going to add to all the paranoia.

    I think he was being facetious.

  19. CSK says:

    @Kari Q: Well, the article did say person was Epstein’s “associate.”

  20. Sleeping Dog says:

    Saw this opinion piece yesterday at the The Week website.

    The writer is correct, Tiny won’t go away if he loses in 2020 and will haunt America thereafter. It also got me to thinking that a loss in 2020 will have him running again in 2024, assuming good health. Think what a nightmare that will be for the Repugs. We’ll need to stock up on beer and popcorn.

  21. Liberal Capitalist says:

    @Teve:

    Wonder what stocks are gonna do today.

    Down, and quite a bit, as Wall Street can no longer try to make sense of this administrations policies.

    And how will Trump react? That’s easy to predict:

    Trump-behavior-chart, rule # 32:

    Take credit on the upside,
    Blame democrat on the downside,
    When really desperate, make sure to blame Obama and/or Clinton, to appeal to the base

  22. DrDaveT says:

    In this era of fake news, I thought this Vox article was particularly fascinating:

    Extremely old people…aren’t

  23. Matt says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: YEah the sometimes get stuck in the water and have to swim back to shore. Sometimes their prey is heavier than they expect and sometimes they just derp too far into the water.

    That is the first time I’ve seen one swim to shore WITH it’s prey.

  24. Mister Bluster says:

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. And Wife On Board Plane That Crashed
    Nobody was seriously injured in the crash.

  25. Jax says:

    President Orange Dumbass wants to buy Greenland, apparently.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-eyes-a-new-real-estate-purchase-greenland-11565904223

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  26. Kathy says:

    @Jax:

    Aw, you scooped me!

    I’d suggest Denmark sell, for US $10 trillion, cash upfront only.

    I also suggest Congress approve, with the proviso that Greenland has to be admitted as two states (it’s big!), East Greenland and West Greenland, immediately upon purchase. That’s 6 more blue electoral votes and 4 Senate seats.

    Besides, you need a state with “East” in its name to complete all 4 cardinal points.

  27. Jax says:

    @Kathy: I suspect he would consider it more like Puerto Rico…..but then I realized it’s Dutch, and they aren’t brown people. I still doubt they would get any votes or say in anything….except they’d possibly get a Trump Tower. And a new golf course. 😉

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  28. Jax says:

    @Kathy: 10 trillion would sure a lot of Denmark’s budget problems, though. 😉 And Trump doesn’t care, it’s taxpayer money. He’ll say he got the very best deal.

  29. Kathy says:

    @Jax:

    Oh, the good news is a majority of the population is Inuit.

    Trump would claim he made the greatest deal EVER!!, if he paid out $10 trillion for Mexico to take back Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and California.

  30. Mister Bluster says:

    When President Puke buys Greenland he can make Paul L. Emperor General and Drew can be the Court Jester…or the other way around.

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  31. Stormy Dragon says:

    @Jax:

    Okay, I don’t know who showed Trump a Mercator projection map, but whoever it was, you’re in big trouble, mister!

  32. gVOR08 says:

    @Jax: Paywalled. I can usually work around it, but I’d read the Guardian story so I didn’t bother. One thing in the Guardian story grated. They describe it as “ice covered”, without mentioning that’s changing due to AGW.

  33. Tyrell says:

    @Kathy: The airlines that own the 737 Max are spending millions on upkeep while they are not being used. They are exposed to the insects, animals, rain, heat, cold, and various other things. Much like keeping a car in storage, the tires must be protected by moving the planes around, fluids have to be changed over, the fuel in the tanks has to be changed occasionally, any type of opening must be sealed, but on hot days the doors have to be opened to keep temperatures lower inside.
    About two hours from here is a large GE plant. Well, GE got out of the appliance thing, selling that to Haeir . This plant makes turbines for power plants and jet engines. Some of those things go for $100 million or more. But GE’s sales are down. I would love to go through that plant, but
    they do not take people on tours of it.

  34. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Mister Bluster: No, you got it right the first time. Paul L. is dressed for the part of Emperor General, and Drew is a just a joke. It all fits!

  35. DrDaveT says:

    Do you have balance problems? Perhaps what you need is a robotic tail

  36. Liberal Capitalist says:

    @Jax:

    10 trillion would sure a lot of Denmark’s budget problems, though. And Trump doesn’t care, it’s taxpayer money. He’ll say he got the very best deal.

    Weeeeeeeeelllllllll……. not exactly.

    After all, as expected, Trump is a GOP president, so he’s increasing the deficit and still spending wildly.

    So, it would not be taxpayer money, but China’s money that would find this purchase.

    And since we are treating china so well, I am sure that … wait, what?

    oh.

    Nevermind.

  37. Mister Bluster says:

    Peter Fonda is dead.