Trump’s cancellation of the Camp David Meeting

Interesting, but The Los Angeles Times reported that it was not Trump who cancelled the Camp David Meeting but that the Taliban leaders were responsible for the cancellation. I purchased a copy of “Mad Magazine” yesterday and I really am wondering if that wasn’t a better move than reading the Los Angeles Times. “What me worry?”

Chris Temple

I want to tell you a little about myself…what makes me “tick”…and what you can expect from our web site ( and service.
By the time I was a mere 20 years old, I was establishing myself as a financial planner, having already started working with a local firm in my home town of Binghamton, New York.  Among other things, I became licensed as a General Securities Principal of our firm’s brokerage arm, supervising operational activities.
Already becoming successful as both a manager and financial advisor, I was nevertheless quite unprepared for some of the massive market shifts of the early 1980’s.  Successful strategies that had helped our clients reap huge rewards during the inflationary times of the late 1970’s particularly were turned upside down as interest rates skyrocketed and many previously-hot assets CRASHED. 
What STUNNED me was the fact that — though we can look back now at that change in Federal Reserve policy under then-Chairman Paul Volcker as one of the most abrupt in the central bank’s century in existence — NOBODY saw fit to do anything but continue to sell the same investment products.  As with virtually everyone in the financial industry, you see, I had been trained in selling financial products and generating commissions; not on truly understanding the economy and markets.  
This experience first taught me that I needed to understand what I have since come to call “The Game” of our system and how it and related factors create often-foreseeable swings in markets and asset classes.  And it is this knowledge, together with specific, actionable strategies and investment recommendations, that I make available to my Members on an ongoing basis. (NOTE: An archived version of my signature essay on all this, entitled Understanding the Game, can be accessed with a LOT of related content to enhance your knowledge on my web site, at
With this foundation, I am happy to tell you that The National Investor has become recognized as a leading source of credible, understandable information, commentary and investment strategies for individual investors. Often times, our performance has had us at the very top of the rankings, sporting a superior long-term track record compared to most of our peers.  
Further, our careful research on individual companies in a variety of industries has resulted in a great many winners for our Members as well, and earned The National Investor accolades as one of the best “stock picking” services in existence !  (NOTE: On my web site’s home page you can watch a couple FREE “tutorial” videos on this.) 
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I personally have known Chris for about twenty years. We were both speaking at a Conference in Chicago. I was impressed by his presentation and decided to get to know him better which I certainly have since then. He is now a regular guest on both KER Politics and The KE Report. Cory and I and Doc have a lot of respect for his knowledge and for him as a person.

Jim McKinney

Jim McKinney is the owner of Apple Mountain LLC, a small strategy and development consulting firm.  He is an Independent Director for Saturna Capital, and a volunteer for numerous local non-profit community youth organizations.

Lieutenant Colonel McKinney retired as a US Army Foreign Area Officer (Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asian focus) with over 30 years of service in 2013.  He enlisted in 1980 as a Private E1, and was commissioned in 1990 as an intelligence officer. He served in infantry, special operations, counter-terror, hostage-rescue and counter-WMD tactical assignments.  He has served in Afghanistan, Europe, South and Central America, the Balkans, Middle East, former Soviet Union, Asia and Central Asia, parts of Africa and the Caucuses and in multiple combat zones.  

Strategically, Jim served as a Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché and Security Assistance Officer for US Embassies, and as a leader, advisor and analyst in numerous global assignments.  Notably, he was the Deputy Chief of Combating Terrorism for US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Operations Center, the director of intelligence (J2) for JSOTF-Philippines, a commander and operations officer at the Aerospace Data facility, a Night Stalker (NSDQ), and an Intelligence Officer in Berlin during the collapse of the Soviet Union. He retired as a Political-Military Advisor to the Commander, US Army Central in the Middle East in 2013.  

Jim continues to support U.S. national security interests.  He recently returned from Afghanistan where he coordinated Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance operations for US Special Operations Forces and Allied Train and Assist partners.

Jim has a Bachelor’s in Government from California State University, Sacramento, and Master’s in International Studies from the University of Washington’s Jackson School.  He was a Senior Fellow at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies, attended Joint Forces Staff College and US Army Command and General Staff College. He speaks Russian, and was awarded with numerous medals including the Legion of Merit and the National Intelligence Medal.  He is married to a former US Diplomat, Laura Leventis McKinney. They have 5 gifted and wonderful children, and now call Washington State home.

We don’t waste our time with people who don’t share the characteristics of above average intelligence; open mindedness; and a high level of honesty. Jim has all of these attributes and will be with our radio program as long as it exists.