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California gas prices headed up again...

I saw $6/gal again tonight...

Pricey station, ritzy part of town but it's still mid-5's elsewhere too...

OPEC has to give a favor to the GOP I guess...


Los Angeles County’s average gas price rose Wednesday to $5.545 for a gallon of self-service regular, up 8.5 cents from the day before, AAA data show, as refinery problems accelerated increases that began nearly three weeks ago.

Nationwide, a 99-day run of falling gasoline prices — a streak that gave consumers a glimmer of hope that red-hot inflation might be cooling — has ended, with pump prices still much higher than a year ago.

Police: Driver admitted to intentionally killing teen at North Dakota street after political dispute

Keep a cool head, everyone... this doesn't help.

Prosecutors allege moments before he was killed, 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson called his mom to come rescue him because 41-year-old Shannon Brandt was chasing him in the city of McHenry, where the street dance had just wrapped up.

By the time she could get there, her son was dead.

Court papers show Brandt called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and told the 911 dispatcher that he just hit Ellingson, claiming the teen was part of a Republican extremist group and was calling people to come get Brandt after a political argument.


The monthly payment for a 500k mortgage today is... 3300/mo

The monthly payment for a 800k mortgage earlier this year was 3300/mo

Just wait until the FED raises the rate AGAIN later this year.

The Fed will tell you THIS is how inflation is defeated.

Defeated... in the same way that cancer is defeated when one burns to death in a house fire.

Jerome Powell must want Trump back in the White House really really bad...

The latest from Georgia... polls.

Walker vs Warnock

4 polls in September


Kemp vs Abrams


Just curious... does the strength of Kemp help Walker? So far polling shows SOME Kemp supporters possibly voting for Warnock??


University of Oregon acts quickly re: "F*CK MORMONS" chant at football game.

Some parents missed the whole "Don't let your kids grow up to be assholes" thing...




Does it feel like prices of groceries are skyrocketing??

That's because they are... an unheard of rise in grocery costs. More than a decade worth of increases in 2 years.

The current strategy at the Fed is to hobble the economy so much that people buy fewer groceries and thus, prices will drop... (only partially joking)

(EDIT)Stock Market tanks, DOW -1300... Inflation report comes in hot...


U.S. stocks nosedived Tuesday after a surprising inflation report showed prices rose more than expected last month.

Technology stocks led the way down, with the Nasdaq Composite plunging 4%. The S&P 500 sank 3%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average erased 870 points, or 2.7%.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for August early Tuesday, which showed prices rose 8.3% over the prior year and 0.1% over the prior month. Economists had expected an 8.1% increase in inflation over last year and a decline of 0.1% over the prior month.

Russian Military Doctrine and why Ukraine in the 21st Century is different.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

To understand the Russian incursion into Ukraine and their current dismal performance, one must look at history.

Let's start with one fact.

1) Russians rarely "out-fight" an enemy.

WW2 is packed full of stories of tactically superior German soldiers really "laying into" the Russians.

A few of my favorite examples, both places I've been to in person and soaked up the vibe...

In 1944 the Russians were on the move, pushing the Germans out of Russian lands into Estonia through the city of Narva, over the Narva River. Around 10 miles across the border were a series of hills called Sinimaed, a battleground from WW1 and earlier... serving as a natural barrier to the Western half of Estonia.

The Germans took up defensive positions in the Sinimaed and waited for the Russians. The Russians rolled in with 10x the soldiers, around 250,000 troops and a few hundred tanks... into an area not much larger than a sprawling city.

The Russians attacked and counter attacked the hills, they changed hands time after time. The Russians were pouring troops in as they'd fall. They had nearly unlimited artillery and ammo to pound the hills.

Eventually the Germans gave up the hills and fled the area. The Russians had lost 600k+ soldiers, 135k killed.

The Germans lost between 5-10k men.

Fast forward to the Battle of Berlin in 1945. There's a spot near Berlin Center called Neukolln. It's just your typical spot with a Rathaus, a "City Hall"...

It's located at the crossroads leading into Berlin Center and all the targets the Russians wanted to take. Less than 100 French Volunteers (SS Charlemagne) held up 10's of thousands of Russians and hundreds of Russian tanks for half a day.

The Russians kept pushing men and tanks into the teeth of the defense and the bodies piled up. Finally the surviving troops retreated back into Berlin Center.

And finally... you saw the movie Stalingrad from 1942?

It was accurate. Trains full of conscripts from the Far East arrived into the rail terminal and were sent straight to the front lines where the leaders told them to rush towards the German front lines and pick up the weapons dropped by the soldiers who fall in front of them and continue forward to "kill the fascists"...

Bottom line?
The Russians have NEVER been an elite fighting force. Russians win because of numbers. They drown the enemy in men and ammo.

Today? The Russians have a small fighting force, poorly trained, Defense contractors, oligarchs and corrupt Generals have been siphoning money away from the military for decades...

And the Russians don't have the political will to conscript the general population to form a large force.

In summary, Ukraine is exactly the kind of battle the Russians can NOT win at THIS TIME. The Ukranians are well equipped and motivated and the Russians don't have their usual "numbers" to score victories.

At this point, the only thing the Russians can do to keep the war raging is a combination of more war crimes and destroy infrastructure or shut off the power/heat during Winter.

Some thoughts on King William... sooner than one might think.

Yeah it's a UK gossip mag but interesting.

Goes along with my thinking.

Charles deserves his time in the Sun, wear the crown that he's spent a lifetime waiting for...

But... a young King and Queen would bring a fresh burst of energy and 21st Century reality to the monarchy.


With regards to the possibility of Charles passing the crown straight to William, the website reads: ‘Having waited over 60 years as heir apparent, it would be perfectly natural for Prince Charles to want to assume the throne and perform the royal duties for which he has spent so long preparing in waiting.

‘But it would be equally natural if, after reigning for a few years as an increasingly elderly monarch, he chose to invite Parliament to hand on the throne to Prince William.’

And just like that... OPEC agrees to lower production to offset dropping oil prices.

Big drops in consumption and resulting dropping oil prices prompt to lower production numbers to bolster the price of oil.

Y'all didn't think OPEC would let low gas prices run into November, right??


OPEC said Monday it would reduce oil production next month, the cartel's first output cut since the depths of the pandemic, as it braces for a global economic slowdown to hit demand.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allied oil producing nations, including Russia, agreed to shave 100,000 barrels per day off their production targets in October.
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