Thursday, June 21, 2018

Writing Prompt: The Gellers had only moved into their new home in the Montana wilderness a month before.

They were hoping to spend the holidays there, but now, because of the sudden heavy snowfall, they were going nowhere.  There's no way the family BMW would handle three feet of snow.

"Oh well," Mr. Geller announced, "Since we're snowed in, let's make the best of it and break out the eggnog!'

Unbeknownst to the fully visible and innocent family celebrating inside, the ravenous wolf pack approached…

To be continued in the comments.

Freckles, they are good

Original ICBM

Freckles, they are good


Canada, EU and Germany Signal Compliance With President Trump Trade Demands. They are bending the knee.

Germany bends the knee:
Germany, without consulting with Emmanuel from France, just unilaterally announced that the EU is willing to drop all trade tariffs against U.S. auto manufacturers as part of their strategy to fend-off steel, aluminum and crushing auto tariffs.
BERLIN—Germany’s leading auto makers have thrown their support behind the abolition of all import tariffs for cars between the European Union and the U.S. in an effort to find a peaceful solution to the brewing trade war.
The U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, brought the proposal for a broader industry trade pact to the Trump administration on Wednesday, according to people familiar with the situation.
That would mean scrapping the EU’s 10% tax on auto imports from the U.S. and other countries and the 2.5% duty on auto imports in the U.S. As a prerequisite, the Europeans want President Donald Trump’s threat of imposing a 25% border tax on European auto imports off the table.
[…] A French official said Paris was unaware of the proposal, and it wasn’t discussed during a recent summit between French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Meseberg, Germany.  (Read more)
The EU bends the knee:

 The European Union is ready to engage with the United States to solve a trade row triggered by Washington’s decision to impose metal impose tariffs, E.U. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday.
“We are always open to talk with the U.S. The whole EU is based on the idea that we talk,” she told a seminar. She described the tariffs as “illegal” as they contravened World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.  She also said the WTO needs rules to address China’s subsidies and dumping of its goods in markets. 

And savor this:

The EU is now leaving Canada naked to the trade monster that is the indefatigable Trump.
Thanks to Trudeau and Freeland, and their childish stunt after the G7,  they have their country standing naked and alone, as the reality of national economic interests has their former anti-Trump trade allies headed for the exits to save their industries. 

Winning.  I haven't had enough of this yet.

Ready for takeoff