Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THE UNIVERSAL REVOLT

Every now and then I run across the tatters of the old universe and it strikes a chord. Today I read that some Congressional democrats have declared that hi-capacity magazines kill people. I was touched by their concern and their obvious intelligence as they quickly concluded that the best way to save lives is to banish hi-capacity magazines because that's what they do. In the same vein, they might consider liquidating everyone over the age of 18 since older people do most of the killing.

In a similar vein, I ran across the People's Radio today and their show with Mike, the AG from Mississippi, a state that would otherwise never trouble to pass the lips or indeed the thoughts of a true liberal progressive democrat so lost to modern democracy is it that even the cows reliably vote rethuglican. Mike, the guy who was the very first to launch the anti-smoking campaign, sued big tobacco and won, sort of. Instead of outright declaring tobacco illegal like everything else, the government and the lawyers decided to milk it for the money that was in selling a product to the addicted. They are no different from pushers. They'll use the revenues for good, they said.

Mike has a new campaign and is launching a war on the makers of pain medication and doctors who write prescriptions for people in serious pain. Mike thinks we can make opioids just as safe and legal and rare as abortion, or something like that. Man sounded like a complete lunatic as he declared war on the number one, in big pharma, to make and market Oxycontin and who now sells a whopping 2% of the total number sold. Mike is devoted to ending the opioid epidemic-in which ruthless bloodsuckers and their lawyers make a sort of opioid, add lethal amounts of fentanyl and sell it to poor white trash too stupid and ignorant to know that it's going to kill them.

Amazingly, no addict can even tell if what he's injecting is the lethal drug on the right or the drug on the left

I was left to wonder why nobody made the observation that it wasn't the doctors or the drug companies that were selling the illegal crap, it was real scum of the earth types that the liberal progressives are busting their humps to let out of jail and never send to jail because there's nothing wrong with selling drugs and we should just legalize them and let the sellers sell what the want or what they can make.

I have several problems with all that. When government gets involved and things promptly go in the sewer or, as in Flint, in the potable water, nobody is ever held accountable. Let's just look at the Federal assault on a religious sect in Waco all those years ago. Biggest mass killing in America since the Indian Wars and yet nobody was punished or found at fault or fired or anything. Ditto the EPA fiasco where they blew a hole in a cofferdam and killed a river. Nobody was fired or disciplined or punished. Look at AMTRAK. They sell burgers at $10.00 a pop and still lose $10,000,000,000. There is now loose talk about creating a non-profit like AMTRAK to take over the running, staffing and management of the US Air Traffic Control System. That's right you are thinking, you're gonna work out some other way to get there rather than fly.

I really don't think we can afford to let these idiots mess with our water, our energy, our vital fluids, our drugs or our air traffic control. At any rate, as I thought about the ridiculous depths of this day I was reminded of that great radio show and yes! They are talking about making a 6th radio episode with the original cast back as Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox. I'm not sure about Trillian.

Cast your minds into the past and read:

NARRATOR:
’The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ has this to say about the planet of Golgafrincham: It is a planet with an ancient and mysterious history, in which the most mysterious figures of all are, without doubt, those of the Great Circling poets of Arium. These Circling Poets used to live in remote mountain passes where they would lie and wait for small bands of unwary travellers, circle round them, and throw rocks at them. And when the travellers cried out saying ‘why didn’t they go away and get on with writing some poems instead of pestering people with all this rock-throwing business,’ they would suddenly break off and sing them an incredibly long and beautiful song - in which they told of how there once went forth, from the City of Vassillian, a party of five sage princes with four horses. The first part of the song tells how these five sage princes - who are, of course, brave, noble, and wise - travel widely in distant lands, fight giant ogres, pursue exotic philosophies, take tea with weird gods, and rescue beautiful monsters from ravening princesses, before finally announcing that they have achieved enlightenment and that their wanderings are therefore accomplished. The second, and much longer part, tells of all their bickerings about which one of them is going to have to walk back. It was, of course, a descendent of these eccentric poets who invented this curious tale of impending doom which enabled the people of Golgafrincham to rid themselves of an entire useless third of their population. The other two-thirds, of course, stayed at home and lived full, rich, and happy lives until they were all suddenly wiped out by a virulent disease contracted from a dirty telephone. Meanwhile, Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and an Ark-load of frozen middle management men have crashed into the prehistoric dawn of a small, blue-green planet circling an unregarded yellow sun at the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy. After a year or so they convene a meeting to consider their position, which is not, on the whole, good…

CHAIRMAN:
Listen! I would like to call to order the five-hundred-and-seventy-third meeting of the colonization committee of the planet of Fintlewoodlewix. And furthermore -

FORD:
Oh this is futile! Five-hundred-and-seventy-three committee meetings and you haven’t even discovered fire yet!

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT:
If you would care to look at the agenda sheet -

GUY:
Agenda rock, yes…

FORD:
Oh, go on back home or something will ya?

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT:
…you will see that we are about to have a report from the hairdressers fire development subcommittee today.

HAIRDRESSER:
That’s me.

FORD:
Yeah well you know what they’ve done don’t you? You gave them a couple of sticks and they’ve gone and developed them in to a pair of bloody scissors!

MARKETING GIRL:
When you have been in marketing as long as I have, you’ll know that before any new product can be developed, it has to be properly researched. I mean yes, yes we’ve got to find out what people want from fire, I mean how do they relate to it, the image -

FORD:
Oh, stick it up your nose.

MARKETING GIRL:
Yes which is precisely the sort of thing we need to know, I mean do people want fire that can be fitted nasally.

CHAIRMAN:
Yes, and, and, and the wheel. What about this wheel thingy? Sounds a terribly interesting project to me.

MARKETING GIRL:
Er, yeah, well we’re having a little, er, difficulty here…

FORD:
Difficulty?! It’s the single simplest machine in the entire universe!

MARKETING GIRL:
Well alright mister wise guy, if you’re so clever you tell us what colour it should be!

FORD:
Oh Mighty Zarquon! Has no-one done anything?

MARKETING GIRL:
And of course Finlon the producer has rescued a camera from the wreckage of the ship and is making a fascinating documentary on the indigenous cavemen of the area.

FORD:
Oh yes, and they’re dying out, have you noticed that?

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT:
Yes we must make a note sir to stop selling them life insurance.

FORD:
But don’t you understand? Just since we’ve arrived they’ve started dying out.

MARKETING GIRL:
Yes! Yes! And this comes over terribly well in the film that he’s making. I gather that he wants to, eh, make a documentary about you next captain.

CAPTAIN:
What? Oh. Oh really? That’s awfully nice.

MARKETING GIRL:
Oh, he’s got a very strong angle on it: you know the burden of responsibility, the loneliness of command…

CAPTAIN:
Ah well I wouldn’t overstress that angle you know, I mean one’s never alone with a rubber duck…

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT:
Er, sir, er, skipper?

CAPTAIN:
Want a squeeze, eh?

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT:
Um listen, if we could, er, for a moment move on to the subject of fiscal policy -

FORD:
”Fiscal Policy”?!

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT:
Yes.

FORD:
How can you have money if none of you actually produce anything? It doesn’t grow on trees you know!

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT:
You know If you would allow me to continue!

CAPTAIN:
Yes let him to continue.

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT:
Since we decided a few weeks ago to adopt leaves as legal tender, we have, of course all become immensely rich.

FORD:
No really? Really?

CROWD MEMBERS:
Yes, very good move…

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT:
But, we have also run into a small inflation problem on account of the high level of leaf availability. Which means that I gather the current going rate has something like three major deciduous forests buying one ship’s peanut. So, um, in order to obviate this problem and effectively revalue the leaf, we are about to embark on an extensive defoliation campaign, and um, burn down all the forests. I think that’s a sensible move don’t you?

MARKETING GIRL:
That makes economic sense.

[Murmurs of agreement from crowd]

FORD:
[Yells] You’re absolutely barmy! You’ve a bunch of raving nutters!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

A GOOD PRESIDENT AND A GENERAL TOO

I read the Sunday New York Times, well, glance at it. I was amazed to find that the Book Review started out with a review of Ron Chernow's book, Grant and authored by no less than Bill Clinton. It appeared to be a fairly good review of the book and showed some familiarity with both Grant and what Chernow wrote. For those unfamiliar the New York Times Book Review, actually reading or skimming the reviewed book is done far less often than you might think and many of the reviewers just make stuff up or go with what they think they know about the subject at hand.

I did like one of the photographs included with the review. God only knows where it came from but see for yourself.


The unidentified men are clearly Russians. Who else hangs out with republicans?

I found that Grant in his own words was a good start to finding out more about the man. You can download his autobiography at: gutenberg press.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

ABOUT THAT WAR

From a network not exactly known for being able to find or tell the truth comes something profound and something that bears thinking about as we move towards renewed conflicts around the planet. You might have seen it around.

It is not often you get the chance to meet a man who holds a place in history like Ben Ferencz.  He’s 97 years old, barely 5 feet tall, and he served as prosecutor of what’s been called the biggest murder trial ever. The courtroom was Nuremberg; the crime, genocide; the defendants, a group of German SS officers accused of committing the largest number of Nazi killings outside the concentration camps – more than a million men, women, and children shot down in their own towns and villages in cold blood.

Ferencz is the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive today. But he isn’t content just to be part of 20th century history – he believes he has something important to offer the world right now.

Lesley Stahl: What turns a man into a savage beast like that?

Benjamin Ferencz: He’s not a savage. He’s an intelligent, patriotic human being.

Lesley Stahl: He’s a savage when he does the murder though.

Benjamin Ferencz: No. He’s a patriotic human being acting in the interest of his country, in his mind.

Lesley Stahl: You don’t think they turn into savages even for the act?

Benjamin Ferencz: Do you think the man who dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima was a savage? Now I will tell you something very profound, which I have learned after many years. War makes murderers out of otherwise decent people. All wars, and all decent people.
Trident Missile Launched By Some of America's Best

Saturday, October 14, 2017

ON VIETNAM AND WAR

I was no more than a boy when I first read Bing West's book, The Village. My father was stationed at Fort Riley with the 1st Infantry Division and so was the family. I found the book at the main post library where I spent a lot of time reading everything there was to read. I was a voracious reader. The little girl next to me was an equally voracious reader and became a famous writer. So anyway, the post library had a copy or two of Bing West's book and I read it at a tender age. It stuck with me over all these years. I read his other books as they were published.

A Couple of Book Worms Caught in the Act at the Library in Fort Riley

He can put the reader into the moment which is a worthy quality in a good writer. He captures the essence of the real meaning of the Vietnam War in this essay from the Hoover Institute. It's not long and you should read it all because he describes his reaction to Ken Burns' newest propaganda piece broadcasting now on the Peoples Broadcast Network.
The purpose of a film, however, is to stir emotions, not to convey a reasoned analysis. In emotive power, Burns succeeds. An audience with no prior knowledge of Vietnam will come away convinced this war was a colossal geopolitical error, a waste of lives on all sides and absolutely without redemption. Every fact and picture is accurate, and the cumulative process of selecting some facts and omitting others is devastating. 
Burns forsook balance. For instance, my Combined Action Platoon (CAP) consisting of 15 Marines and 30 armed farmers lived for 488 days in a remote village of 5,000 Vietnamese. The two Marines who didn’t fit in were dismissed from the CAP. The rest of us slept in the houses of the villagers, ate their food, fought and died side by side with the farmers. Seven of fifteen Marines were killed in the village.
American combat troops withdrew from the country in 1972. At that time, North Vietnamese units were still positioned in the jungles of South Vietnam. They had suffered staggering losses months earlier in a major assault that had failed after America had unleashed its B-52s to pound the enemy on the battlefield and in Hanoi. As the documentary points out, 100,000 North Vietnamese soldiers were estimated to have been killed, nearly all the armor provided by the Soviet Union had been destroyed and the North Vietnamese chief of staff warned another offensive could not be mounted for at least three years.3 The North agreed to a ceasefire and a truce that included the return of American prisoners of war. President Nixon promised to respond with force if the North attacked again. 
Instead, U.S. Congressional legislation in mid-1973 cut off funds for combat “in or over or from off the shores of North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia.” The intent was to prevent President Nixon from deploying troops, naval gunfire or aerial bombing if the North Vietnamese persisted in attacking South Vietnam. Over the next two years, Chinese artillery and Soviet tanks poured into Hanoi. While we had promised to provide aid to the South Vietnamese, Congress instead cut our aid of $2.8 billion in 1973 down to $1 billion in 1974 and to $300 million in 1975. When the North Vietnamese attacked in 1975, the South Vietnamese forces ran out of bullets. America had quit, plain and simple. 
What, then, should be the peroration for the war? Should it be the Burns’ documentary, “The Vietnam War was a tragedy, immeasurable and irredeemable.” 
Or should it be what Secretary of Defense Schlesinger wrote to our two million troops, “Your cause was noble; your dedication was determined. You answered your country’s call.”
I don't think it will be long before Ken Burns turns his eye toward Afghanistan and Iraq and pulls up the poisoned history lens version of ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. At this point I'm prepared to say that all of our ambitions in both places have failed and that none of our hopes have been realized, either in the conquest or the nation building aftermath in either country. Sixteen years of noble sacrifice and we have nothing at all to show for it but the explosion of the Taliban's jihad as it spread out and started attacking the 20th century and Western Civilization everywhere in the world.

Friday, October 13, 2017

LRAD NOISING OFF IN CUBA

A number of Americans have been evacuated, again, from Cuba. Americans working in our embassy there have been suffering from some sort of acoustic attack directed at both the embassy and specific workers there. The State Department professes profound cluelessness about how their people were deafened or attacked in Cuba.

Here's a clue.

Back when I was working at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, I went to LRAD's offices and we got a pretty good demo when they first went  public with their system which they proposed as a form of area denial non-lethal weapon. The sound is projected from the dish and while it is not as focused as a laser beam, it is channelled and remarkably loud at enormous ranges. We were looking at using them later for venue security at the Greek Olympics and set up a couple in our offices in Old Town. It's a pretty cool system and I don't see why it wouldn't work above the audible frequencies we can hear and still create considerable damage to the ear and nervous system.

Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) For Police Crowd Control
DIRECTIONALITY, POWER EFFICIENCY & RANGE
  1. Highly intelligible communication up to 3,000 meters
  2. Safely communicates beyond standoff distances to determine intent
  3. Variable beam width for extended coverage
  4. Clear, long range, directional communication
  5. Establishes instant acoustic standoff perimeter

LAS VEGAS ATTACK AFTER MATH

I am copying and pasting some information from the market-ticker.org. The author has looked at the actual timeline of the attack using information from both police and non-police sources. With as much backing up and restating and qualifying and frankly, lying, I thought it was worth describing the issues some people have with the police lack of response to the killer who they knew was in that hotel room shooting at a huge crowd of innocent people for over an hour.
At 9:59 p.m., Campos (e.d. The unarmed security guard above) was shot in the leg after Paddock fired 200 shots into the hallway. Paddock began shooting into the crowd six minutes later, contradicting original reports that Campos’ arrival is what stopped Paddock’s mass shooting.
Between the time that Campos was shot and Paddock began shooting, Campos notified authorities of what happened, which Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Friday was “absolutely critical” as it gave police Paddock’s exact location.
 **** you Kevin McMahill.  Your ******n department is directly responsible for the deaths of these people because your officers are cowards. 
Those primped-up clowns up-armored, up-armed and then sat in the ****ing stairway for over an hour despite knowing this dickhead was loaded up and actively shooting innocent, unarmed and defenseless civilians from above. 
The cops sat on their asses while the gunman shot and killed all the people in the crowd despite having every ability to stop it before it ever happened while knowing exactly where he was. 
When these cowards finally blew the door open to the suite the shooter had ceased shooting (presumed dead of a self-inflicted gunshot) for roughly an hour.  Their "action" consisted of showing up to mop up his blood and sweep up his cartridges.  They saved exactly zero lives and took exactly zero effective actions to end or otherwise limit the assault.  They might have actually saved at least one life if they had gone into the crowd and attempted to stabilize those who had been shot rather than prance around in their body armor and play TV-style SWAT. 
LET ME SAY IT AGAIN IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THE FIRST TIME: The effective actions of the police with regard to stopping the jackass during this incident number an exact zero.  They are ALL outrageously arrogant, cowardly *******s in that they posed for photos instead of apologizing and offering to resign for their utter failure to do one single effective thing with all the money, equipment and alleged "training" the people of Las Vegas and the State of Nevada have showered upon them in anticipation of exactly this sort of event.  The onlything those ****heads cared about was getting their ******n pension and every penny of it should be forfeit along with their job -- right damn now.  These rat bastards shouldn't be able to show their faces in public ever again without seeing the bird.The lies being accepted by the media are even more-outrageous.
It really is incumbent on the police to stop making shit up and publish the true facts about the shooting and the police failure to respond in any way to the shooting for over an hour. With all the 'changes' they keep putting forward it is really unbelievable that they cannot establish an incident timeline simply using the phone calls to 911 and the recorded police actions and publish it and stand by their timeline backing it up with evidence when people (conspiracy types) start to ask questions about just why the LVPD did nothing during this attack.

AMERICA'S FIRST DATE WITH THE U.S. NAVY

This is the date that the USN claims for it's creation. It's a little far from the truth since one of the first things the Continental Congress did at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War was toss what was left of the Navy over the side. Let us turn to Infogalactic for a brief history lesson on the U.S. Navy.
In August 1785, after the Revolutionary War drew to a close, Congress had sold Alliance, the last ship remaining in the Continental Navy due to a lack of funds to maintain the ship or support a navy. From then until 1797, the United States' only armed maritime service was the Revenue Marine, founded in 1790 at the prompting of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. In the same year, 1785, two American merchant ships had been captured by Algiers and then Minister to France Thomas Jefferson began to urge the need for an American naval force to protect their passage through the Mediterranean. Jefferson's recommendations were initially met with indifference. However, Congress in 1786, and the Senate in 1791, discussed various proposals for a naval force, including estimates of costs for building frigates, but none were acted upon. Only in 1793 when Algiers had captured eleven additional merchant ships was a proposal finally taken seriously.
A bill was presented to the House of Representatives on January 20, 1794, providing for the construction of four ships to carry forty-four guns each, and two ships to carry thirty-six guns each — by purchase or otherwise. The bill also provided pay and sustenance for naval officers and sailors and outlined how each ship should be manned in order to operate them. Opposition to the bill was strong and a clause was added that should peace be established with Algiers the construction of the ships was to cease. 
Piracy had not been a problem when the American colonies were a part of the British Empire; the Royal Navy protected American vessels, since they belonged to subjects of the British Crown. After the American Revolutionary War, however, that protection was lost, and many foreign powers found that they could harass American merchant ships with impunity. Indeed, once the French Revolution started, Britain also started interdicting American merchant ships and there was little the fledgling American government could do about it. This was a major philosophical shift for the young Republic, many of whose leaders felt that a Navy would be too expensive to raise and maintain, too imperialistic, and would unnecessarily provoke the European powers. In the end, however, it was felt necessary to protect American interests at sea. 
In March 1796, as construction of the frigates slowly progressed, a peace accord was announced between the United States and Algiers. In accordance with clause nine of the Naval Act of 1794, a clause that specifically directed that construction of the frigates be discontinued if peace was established, construction on all six ships was halted. After some debate and prompting by President Washington, Congress passed an act on 20 April 1796 allowing the construction and funding to continue only on the three ships nearest to completion: United States,[7] Constellation[8] and Constitution. 
By late 1798 however, France began to seize American merchant vessels and the attempt at a diplomatic resolution had resulted in the XYZ Affair, prompting Congress to approve funds for completion of the remaining three frigates: President, Congress and Chesapeake.
Over the next 20 years, the Navy fought the French Navy in the Quasi-War (1798–99), Barbary states in the First and Second Barbary Wars, and the British in the War of 1812. After the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy was at peace until the Mexican–American War in 1846, and served to combat piracy in the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas, as well fighting the slave trade. In 1845, the Naval Academy was founded. In 1861, the American Civil War began and the U.S. Navy fought the small Confederate Navy with both sailing ships and ironclad ships while forming a blockade that shut down the Confederacy's civilian shipping. After the Civil war, most of the its ships were laid up in reserve, and by 1878, the Navy was just 6,000 men. 
The U.S. Coast Guard claims to be the oldest floating nautical service of the United States since they slowly amalgamated the various life-saving and revenue cutters and then the lighthouses and all the rest of the things they do so well on a shoestring budget.

As you can see from reading the above, once we had an actual Navy the temptation to use it proved irresistible and use it we did. The United States Marine Corps may well quibble with the notion that the USCG is the oldest nautical service since there is some quaint notion that passengers can be nautical if they want to be provided they are embarked on some sort of floating contraption. The Marines have been around since 1775.

However, it is good and proper to celebrate even the temporary establishment of a naval service at any point in the past and this calls for a Party! On the other hand, think where we'd be on the Jones Act if our gutless Congress still issued letters of Marque and Reprisal and let privateers sweep the oceans for prizes. They'd have a hasty way with mere pirates and soon that scourge would be driven from the worlds oceans and seven seas leaving plenty of opportunity for riches and advancement in America's Privateer Fleets.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

POWERFUL TRUTHY WORDS ON EDUCATION IN AMERICA

Ripped off at Traditional Vibe.


The left has pretty much destroyed any value their children might have ever seen in the United States. As they waged that campaign on their own children, they took over education at every level in this country and used the power of the rod to teach all of our children that there is nothing good, worthy or noble about the United States of America.

What passes for education in this country was rightly called a crime by the educators that got shoved out to make way for the progressives who took control of education at the local, state and federal level and used their control to strike the children with the bleakest and foulest interpretations of every historic thing that has ever happened and to blame every less than perfect outcome or event (in 21st century interpretation only) on white people, colonialism and slavery.

Glenn Seaborg and the National Commission on Excellence in Education issued their report back in 1983. Titled, "A Nation At Risk" it described for Americans what was visibly happening to the education system in this country.
Our Nation is at risk. Our once unchallenged preeminence in commerce, industry, science and technological innovation is being overtaken by competitors throughout the world.... the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and as a people. What was unimaginable a generation ago has begun to occur- others are matching and surpassing our educational attainments. 
If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves.... We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament.
It almost defies belief that education in this country has only gotten worse, much worse in the 34 years since the report was published. Education in this country is pushed to the lowest common denominator and the professional educator class and Courts have done everything in their power to push that denominator to the lowest achievable level.


Spend even a few minutes reading about mainstreaming and it will poison your attitude with regard to professional educators beyond any hope of recovery. They throw out the needs of the many in order to provide for the needs of the most damaged individual.  As you can see if you go to the links in this paragraph, I used the New York Times as a reference.

I used to read the NYT every Sunday and their articles on the perilous state of teaching in America made for some interesting reading. It is the sole topic I have ever seen in the NYT where they threw lib/prog ideals under a bus, a school bus to be exact. Their articles uniformly hammered the departments of education and school boards for gutting the schools and destroying in-class learning by squandering the lion's share of time and resources on the tiny few who were those least able to benefit from them. How often do you see the New York Times take that approach?

I don't see any path for redemption of misled youth in this country. They bought the global warming scam hook, line and sinker because they are too ignorant to be able to tell science from voodoo and they accept unquestionably all the old liberal progressive shiboleths and never does it occur to them that someday we will run out of other people's money.

It's going to dawn on the older kids soon that there won't be a social security net for them. There won't be a guaranteed pension. The debt obligations we have now are as unpayable as Puerto Rico's. Everything they've been taught is a lie or a mistruth and they cannot go abroad anymore to try to learn from the less fortunate as their predecessors did in the Peace Corps since the countries that used to exist where modern youth could discover themselves are now violently dwelling in the 14th century and will happily crucify and behead them if they show up to preach the gospel they learned by rote at the knees of their professors.

President Trump nailed it when he spoke at the UN and told the world leaders and the rest of the world:
“The problem with Venezuela, is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.”
I can generally tell if someone is smart, clever or stupid and dumb just by their attitude to socialism. If they support liberal progressive socialism than their position has been established. They are the miserable failures personified of the dismal state of education in this country.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA CALLS IT QUITS

Another organization has rolled left and died this week. As with the mighty Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Episcopal Church, BSA has decided to forswear the very simple foundation of their purpose and open boy scouting to girls. Their Executive Board voted unanimously to bring girls into the Boy Scouts and open a path to Eagle Scout for boys, girls, LGBTQwhatevers and tossed away the often stated purpose of the Boy Scouts, that of turning boys into young men.


Oddly enough, while I mourn the passing of even a corrupt and dying institution, I cannot bring myself to wholly believe that it will all end in tears. I suspect it will end with a whimper and a bang but it will be muted and little noted. I jumped ship on the BSA back when I was 14 and never looked back. Instead, I joined the Sea Explorers and took up sailing and enjoying the company of some really charming young ladies who were fellow Sea Explorers, some of whom also expressed an interest into turning some boys into young men. I thoroughly enjoyed it and sailed all over the southeast, middle Atlantic region, Great Lakes and beyond.

The passing of the Boy Scouts is probably the fall of the last bastion of a national male only organization that held to its charter in a sort of weak and feeble way that, obviously grew weaker and feebler after they decided a few years ago that morally straight encompasses gays and transwhatevers.

David Burge (IowaHawk) captured the liberal progressive strategy that has transformed and gutted one institution after another. I can't say it better:

I see the National Girl Scout Executive is not going to take the BSA's announcement lying down. They are, predictably, outraged that the BSA is poaching their latent members and throwing them into the company of boys. On the other hand, chaperones have been camping with the boy scouts for many years now. It's certain that the BSA of today have almost nothing in common with the BSA I joined in Fort Riley over 46 years ago.

Still, I've always liked girls in uniform.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

21ST CENTURY ROMAN POLANSKI

It looks like the queen-maker of Hollywood is about to go down for rape. In the fashion of other Hollywood scum finally snared in the nets of deceit and disguest, I suspect that Harvey Weinstein will decide later this morning to visit his very good friend Roman Polanski and enjoy an extended stay at his pied-à-terre in Poland. It's kind of disgusting how many of their "friends" stand by both rapists and continue to bleat about their artistic merits surely outweighing anything they might have done to girls or women some time in the past. After all, as Weinstein's very good friend Hillary is wont to say, "what does it matter now?"

Sunday, October 8, 2017

WHERE VICE PRESIDENT PENCE STANDS MADE CLEAR

It's nice to have a man who stands up for America this near the throne in case something happens to President Trump. It's only a matter of time now given the hatred the left has for the man.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

FLOATING ANFO

It's not really a bomb because the diesel fuel and fertilizer have not been mixed but it still must have creeped out the crew on the ship.

British bulk carrier MV Cheshire burning


It burned for two weeks off the Canary Islands before all the fertilizer was consumed. When it was toast, it looked like:

Toasted Cheshire with what looks like guano running down the sides

NEVER THREATEN A MAN WHO HAS A GUN

They came to knock down his house because he built without permission. What happened then was exactly what I would expect if the same sort of bureaucrat came to knock down a citizen's house here. 

I remember reading about this back when it happened. I can't believe that they all just stood around after he pulled a gun and threatened them after they threatened him. You can see the reporters practically snuggle up to him after he pulls out the gun.
Derwentside District Council - abolished in County Durham's local government shake-up two years ago - refused to approve the development in a rural area made up of conventional farms. The council, which was keen to create an environment conducive to tourism, was also worried the bungalow represented a precedent that would unlock the door to other housing on land where it would not normally be permitted. 
Dryden lost his planning appeal to keep the bungalow, although the Government inspector who chaired the hearing said some of the other buildings could stay because of the time they had been there. 
The wrangle dragged on for several months with the council attempting to reach a compromise that would avoid the need to bulldoze the bungalow. The last suggestion was that Dryden modify the building and use it for keeping livestock, but he rejected this. 
Finally, councillors decided there was no option but demolition, and the date was set for Thursday June 20 1991. On the day media gathered with Dryden on the land with his friends and supporters. 
Dryden had a letter from the Planning Inspectorate, which he had fixed to his gate, indicating no action could be taken until an appeal had been heard. The letter had given Dryden the belief the council was breaking the law, even though there were no grounds for an appeal. 
Harry Collinson came to the gate, looked at the letter and told him it contained nothing to prevent the demolition. Dryden replied that 'you might not be around to see the outcome of this disaster'. 
Mr Collinson told Dryden he could have time to move things out of the building and he moved to a point in the fence where the bulldozer was to come through.
Dryden went to his caravan and picked up a First World War revolver, strode back to the fence and drew the weapon on Mr Collinson, whose last words were to the TV crew: 'Can you get a shot of this gun?' 
Dryden then fired at the fleeing crowd, hoping to get the council's solicitor, Mike Dunstan, but instead hitting TV reporter Tony Belmont in the arm and PC Stephen Campbell in the backside. 
Dryden had denied murder but was convicted after a trial and jailed for life at Newcastle Crown Court in 1992. He was denied parole in 2001 after it was felt he showed little evidence of remorse.
There is nothing worse than petty tyrants. I became familiar with them in school and later, after I bought my first house in a neighborhood with an HOA that could have given the NKVD tips on how to make friends and influence people. They all have this fatal character flaw. They don't ever think that somebody will resist their petty demands and take it to the limit if they think they have to. As I looked at Dryden pull the gun, I knew that he had reached his limit and was going to open fire.

Friday, October 6, 2017

THEY LEFT A MAN BEHIND ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE

I never thought I'd read about this again in my lifetime but it does look like the United States Army left a missing and possibly wounded soldier behind when the Niger army unit he was attached to was attacked. 
WASHINGTON (AP) — After an extensive search, a U.S. soldier who had been missing for nearly two days in Niger was found dead, a result of a deadly ambush by dozens of Islamic extremists on a joint patrol of American and Niger forces, U.S. military officials said Friday.
The soldier, whose name has not been released, was one of four U.S. troops and four Niger forces killed in the attack. 
His body was found by Niger soldiers on Friday near where the ambush occurred, and then transferred into U.S. custody at a safer location further from the attack site, said Army Col. Mark Cheadle, spokesman for U.S. Africa Command. The soldier's body was then moved onto an American helicopter by U.S. forces in a somber ceremony and then taken away for formal identification. 
Eight Niger soldiers and two U.S. troops were wounded in the attack, but they were evacuated from the area on Wednesday after the attack unfolded. Cheadle said there was no indication the missing soldier was ever taken captive by the enemy forces. 
U.S. officials described a chaotic assault in a densely wooded area, as 40-50 extremists in vehicles and on motorcycles fired rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns at the patrol, setting off explosions and shattering windows. The soldiers got out of their trucks, returning fire and calling in support from French helicopters and fighter jets that quickly responded to the scene, according to officials. It's unclear if the French aircraft were armed or if they fired on the insurgents.
I had read about the attack on, and the death of three American Special Forces soldiers earlier this week but nothing was said about abandoning a missing soldier to his fate.

It looks like the Army is running into some basic competency failures just as the Navy is. The Navy decided to address their problem by firing the guys left holding the bag after the bean counting CNOs and SECNAVs of the last 20 years carefully and methodically gutted the Navy shore training establishment, gutted the manpower on our warships by stripping 'unessential' personnel from the ships in order to save a buck so the CNO could by his pathetic little crappy ships and boondoggle ZUMWALT class toothless tigers and then gutted the afloat training commands while over committing the Navy's few remaining ships to the same scheduled requirements that were once the purview of a navy twice the size.

I suspect Secretary Mattis is going to have a word with SOCOM and AFRICOM and perhaps try to impress upon them that we don't leave our men behind, Ever.

UPDATE: From Army Times:
On the day of the attack, about a dozen U.S. special operators and a platoon-sized element of Nigerien forces were conducting a vehicle mounted patrol “to establish relations with local leaders,” said to Col. Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for AFRICOM. 
The patrol came under heavy enemy fire, and U.S. forces responded, killing the enemy forces, Cheadle said.
U.S. forces didn’t have armed aircraft overhead during the onset of the mission, Cheadle said, but the patrol was being watched by overhead drone assets.
So it looks like they were shoved through the wire to go make friends with the terrorists in the neighborhood and the terrorists probably had no problems setting up an ambush since the U.S. forces were clearly somewhere under that drone. The drone was probably piping real-time imagery to U.S. AFRICA COMMAND's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. After all, the 1500 staff pogues stationed at the Africa Command's headquarters in Germany need something to occupy their time and attention when they're at work.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

THE INSANE HATRED OF THE LEFT

This has been ripped right off Instapundit's  page because it captures, in condensed form, exactly what has been happening in this country since the election of President Trump. People I take at face value as sane instantly go off the deep end and emote their ferocious hatred and contempt for Trump and, of course, the people that voted for him. They seem to think every single person in their orbit 'feels' the same way they do about President Trump and it certainly isn't worth disabusing them of that notion because their hatred has pushed them over the border into madness and only an idiot would engage in any kind of debate or tussle with a madman.

KURT SCHLICHTER: “I, for one, am not super inclined to give up my ability to defend myself in response to demands by people who eagerly tell me they want me enslaved or dead. Literally dead.”
And this isn’t just about the ravings of a few unhinged loonies on social media (also, it ain’t “a few”). This verbal hyperbole is the leftist establishment’s MO. This is how they intend to strip us of our rights – via a constant campaign of hate that they hope somehow leads to us just giving them up. And it’s not just guns. Free speech? Oh, that’s racist, and it causes violence – by which they mean that leftists will attack you if you attempt to speak freely. Freely exercising your religion? Not if you violate leftist scripture – then you’re a bigot and your livelihood must be destroyed even though Sue and Shelly can wander two doors down and get someone else to decorate their nasty organic carrot wedding cake.
And due process? Well, you must love rape if you think that a young man accused of it should be informed of the charges against him, allowed to cross-examine the witnesses, and have an impartial judge. Do you phallocentric male-identifying men and others have any idea how much harder it is to railroad some guy in the name of smashing the patriarchy when you actually have to prove your case with evidence? Like any woman would ever make up a rape allegation out of whole cloth! A fair trial? That’s something right out of The Handmaid’s Tale! . . .
Anyway, let’s continue our conversation. You’re not going to pin the rampage of some scumbag on millions and millions of people who didn’t do it. You’re not going to leverage this spree into disarming us – which is your ultimate goal. We know how you hate the idea that we are armed and independent, that we hold a lead veto over your fever dreams of tyrannical rule over us. You know how important it is to us to be free citizens; you yearn to humiliate us by stripping us of our self-respect by taking away our means of keeping ourselves free from the tyranny of people like you.
You never cared that 59 people were murdered – some of you, as we have seen, cheered – and I gotta say, it’s a bad look to screech “I’m glad you crackers are dead, now heed my command to give up your guns!”

As Glenn Reynolds says, Lefties are full of hate. It’s their animating spirit. All you have to do is listen to them talk.

I prefer to pass on listening to them talk. One can only take so much vicious omnidirectional hatred for everything that is not ultraleft without losing one's appetite.

WHEN COLOR IS KING

Why is the left so obsessed with color? What rational basis is there for judging groups of people or even individuals by their color? Was it not Martin Luther King Jr who spoke of his dream?
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Why is it that the left feels entirely free to rip to shreds people based solely on their color? Where will it end and why is just the left that finds color so damning?

Here's an idiot with a profound color problem.
Former first lady Michelle Obama claims the Republican Party’s lack of diversity makes Americans distrust the political process.
Why would that idiot think that? Is it because she thinks all black and brown people are inherently racist and thus they can never trust the white people? If that's the case then just who exactly are the racists in this country?
During an on-stage interview at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women Tuesday, Obama shared why she thinks diversity is so important.
“We should be working actively to mix it up, so we’re getting a real broad range of perspectives on every issue. Shoot, I would see that in Congress,” she stated.
Why invite a broad range of perspectives when 90% of them are profoundly ignorant, stupid or misinformed?  I don't see how the color of the person affects the solutions and damn the pontifcating morons like Shiela Jackson Lee or that idiot who thought the island of Guam would flip over if any more Marines stepped foot on it. Nobody really needs their point of view on anything unless you like input from idiotic bigots and racists.
“At the State of the Union address… when you are in the room what you can see is this real dichotomy. It’s a feeling of color almost,” Obama said. “On one side of the room is literally gray and white. Literally, that is the color palette on one side of the room. On the other side of the room, there are yellows and blues and whites and greens. Physically, there’s a difference in color, in the tone, because on one side all men, all white, on the other side some woman, some people of color.”
Why is color the go-to for diversity? Why not a diversity of opinions or a diversity of education or a diversity of life experience? Why is the makeup of the Supreme Court 100% Harvard or Yale Law School graduates? As of 2014, the Supreme Court had a majority from the Northeastern United States, with seven justices coming from states to the north and east of Washington, D.C. including four justices born or raised in New York City.

There is another odd thing about our diversity at the Supreme Court today. There are no Protestants sitting on the Court but at least we got whatever diversity springs from color alone. You'd think there'd be a Baptist or a Methodist in the bunch but you'd be wrong.

John Roberts (Chief Justice) Roman Catholic
Anthony Kennedy                 Roman Catholic
Clarence Thomas                 Roman Catholic
Ruth Bader Ginsburg         Judaism Clinton
Stephen Breyer                 Judaism
Samuel Alito                        Roman Catholic
Sonia Sotomayor                Roman Catholic
Elena Kagan                        Judaism Obama
Neil Gorsuch                        Raised Roman Catholic

But, as you can see, with people like the Obamas it's ALL ABOUT COLOR. They literally don't care about anything else.
“I look at that, and I go, no wonder. No wonder we struggle, no wonder people don’t trust politics. We’re not even noticing what these rooms look like,” she added.
I have a dream too. See the MLK quote above. It's about time the racists and bigots got over their insistence that color matters more than character, intelligence, background, skill, expertise or  any other quality in the room.

Oh, and take a look at the actual people in the room she was talking about. Women and black conservatives are invisible to racist bigots like Michelle Obama.

There Are None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See

Monday, October 2, 2017

HATRED RUNS DEEP

We have slowly come to accept that some people are really deeply disturbed and top filled with hatred for people they don't even know. I'm not familiar with these people in the main since they were after my time at school and we just didn't seem to have them in the Navy when I was in or in the quiet places I lived afterwards such as Encinitas and MetroParkCentralis. They are a relatively new phenomenon and a most unwelcome one.

I kind of thought we were making progress when the Klan went down and George Wallace got shot. But, suddenly, every white person is a racist and all men are misogynists and people comfortable with their sex and their role in adult society as members of that binary sort are all homophobes. People don't just think it, they scream it and then they leap on one and try to bash your brains out with a bike lock or whatever sharp thing they have to hand.

This vicious beast speaks for every single one of her sort. You know them. They're the haters. They're antifa and black lives matter and the Ku Klux Klan and the actual NAZI scumbags that ran Germany and Austria into the ground back in the '40's. You hear her voice when you tune in any of the mass media or social networks because people like her are everywhere now. Here's what she had to say about the shooting in Las Vegas:
Hayley Geftman-Gold, who served as senior counsel for strategic transactions at CBS, posted to Facebook on Monday, “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
CBS is finally getting attuned to the new optics of this country's winning electorate. They fired her sick diseased ass instantly. They have, at some level at least, come to understand that if they don't want their audience slashed another 50% they have to take dramatic action to stem the hatred that casually and constantly dribbles from the mouths of the people who work for them because we're sick of it and them.

Friday, September 29, 2017

WANNA SEE A DEAD MAN TALKING?

This is incredible. It goes without saying that this brave man is dead the second the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Hezbullah, et al, lay their bloody hands on him. If he goes back to Palestine he'll be one of those guys with the burning tire around his neck.

HE WHO STANDS ALONE PLAYS ALONE

If this report is true it looks like the Oakland Raiders deliberately threw a game by letting the quarterback play alone on the field. I suspect it is true and that nobody will ever mention it again. Just think of all the punters and the over/unders who thought Oakland could win the game going in. Anywhere else it would be a major sports scandal. In this day and age it won't even be investigated.
A new report from The Armstrong and Getty Radio Show has sent shockwaves throughout the sports world after it was claimed that members of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders may have purposefully allowed their star quarterback to get sacked multiple times after he refused to kneel during the National Anthem.
If true, this would essentially mean that an NFL football game was illegally thrown over anger that one of the teams star white players did not believe that kneeling during the nations anthem was the correct way to protest supposed racial injustice in America.
In other words, an epic level scandal.
During the anthem, virtually the entire team was seen kneeling other than the teams coaches and star quarterback Derek Carr. Unfortunately, this may have not set well with the teams offensive line as they were apparently the players who spearheaded the entire idea to kneel as a team in the first.
Somehow you knew it would come to this, didn't you.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

NPR DREDGES THE BOTTOM

I drove over to the upper lake yesterday to get some pictures of the little dredge in action as it sucks the mud off the bottom and shoots it through a pipeline to the shore where it dries and is loaded into trucks and carried away. Naturally, NPR was on for the 3 minute drive and in that time they managed to convince me once again that they live in an entirely separate universe.

The host of whatever airs at 1100 had a guest on with him to pontificate about the state of the political divide in this country and naturally they couldn't possibly scare up somebody with an opposite and opposing view point so they had to make do with one of their own soundboards. The host asked in a roundabout way if there was any substance to the right wing (center) complaint that academe was pure liberal progressive from the administrators to the faculty to the students and the soundboard was forced into the most evasive dodging and twisting I've ever heard on the People's Radio.

He hemmed and hawed and said that it was mostly malarky because diversity and shut up. At this point I'd both had enough and reached the lake. It's interesting that the People's Radio and TV network can be relied upon 100% to ask such questions only in-house and of their own fellow travelers. Had they asked the question of Powerline or Anne Coulter or Milo or just about anybody outside the Beltway/NYC complex they would have gotten the truth. But they don't want truth, they only want vindication and your money.

In a way, the People's Radio is exactly like that little dredge sucking up pond muck and goose shit off the bottom and spilling it out somewhere else. Both the dredge and NPR pretty much suck.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

YOUR ACTUAL CRUISE MISSILE

As I've said, all the messing about with rockets and missiles in North Korea is a scam designed to distract attention from their real nuclear cruise missile program which is fully deployed and ready for instant action come the day.

Cruise missile arriving in New York City
It looks a lot like the topmost middle container on the delivery system shown above. As you can see, the delivery system is capable of multiple independent reinforced deliveries and has global reach. The actual 'missile body' costs roughly $70,000 although nuclear armed countries may get a discount. To quote somebody or other, "size and weight of the warhead is not an issue anymore."

Monday, September 25, 2017

STUPID STUPID STUPID

The Chief of Naval Operations confesses that his sailors are too incompetent to get out of the way of other ships and he has ordered all the ships we have left to turn on their installed AIS. Our ships will now have the equivalent of a man ringing the bell non-stop, shooting rockets into the air every 2 minutes and another man on the fo'c'stle shouting, "Here we Are!" That way merchant ships stand a chance of seeing us in time to maneuver to avoid colliding with us. Thanks Boss!

AIS stands for Automatic Identification System and it is a clever system in worldwide use as mandated by the International Maritime Organization to prevent collisions at sea. The navy has had it installed for over 10 years but left it switched in the "No Transmit" mode. Our sailors could see the positions and course, speed and track of all ships with AIS but we were being coy about just where we were or what we were up to. Security you know.

The CNO is being a little disingenuous when he says there's no operational need to keep us off the grid since the ship that can see you already knows where you are. He's either disingenuous, lying or a fool. You can take your pick. He says that there's no operational need to keep our locations off the grid but that's not the story they're saying at the courts-martial that have been sending navy officers to jail for the last 6 years for releasing ship movement data to Fat Leonard.

With AIS everyone knows where our ships are and where they are headed and it's like constantly updating Moscow or Beijing in real time where you are and what you're up to. You can see for yourself what AIS means for tracking ships. Go to the link and you can watch maritime movements in real time. Click on a ship icon to see what you get and this is just the freeware version. The paid version includes everything.




Admiral Richardson continued:
“That’s been an immediate action. There is this Automatic Identification System, AIS. We had, I think, a distorted perception of operational security that we kept that system secure – off – on our warships. One of the immediate actions following these incidents is that, particularly in heavily trafficked areas, we’re just going to turn it on.”
“In heavily trafficked areas like off Japan?”, asked Senator King. 
“Right. You can look outside and see the ship, so, it’s not an operational security standpoint,” said Admiral Richardson.
I think I'm just going to have say that Admiral Richardson is about as clueless as they come. What a pity, he was shaping up so well.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

BOYCOTT THE NFL

I have decided to boycott the NFL: now and forever. This is no sacrifice on my part. I haven't watched a complete game of football since 1988. I think that one of the reasons I stopped watching was because I somehow had grasped the essential meaning of this little pie chart way back then.

Average televised NFL game time breakdown
Study performed by the Wall Street Journal


Given the fire in which all men burn, why would anyone waste their time and watch football? It seems like a chump's game to me. There were, growing up, a thousand other things I'd rather be doing and those stayed with me all of my life. I could spend that time outdoors, walking, caving, biking, sailing, going to the beach, going for a drive in the country or reading a book, going to a museum, exploring the cities I lived in or just taking a nap.

I only propose a boycott after the magnificent nonsense this week where President Trump denounced the foul little orcs who disrespect our country and play for the NFL and get paid millions to come out once a week and play a game and the response by the NFL Commissioner who made a statement in reply to President Trump.


So what outrages Goodell and by extension all of the NFL team owners and players is that President Trump had the damned gall to disrespect the NFL, the stupid game and the orcs who play it and he doesn't understand what an overwhelming force for good the orcs have been.

Neat isn't it? President Trump denounces the NFL for disrespecting the United States of America and gets slapped with the wet minnow by Goodell denouncing the President for disrespecting the NFL. Well, I know who I fought for and it sure as hell wasn't the NFL or the game or even the goals of the NFL.

I'm boycotting the NFL and all of its advertisers.

Friday, September 22, 2017

STEPPED OUT FOR A LITTLE WHILE

I was stomped flat for the last week. I'm better now.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WALTZING MATHILDA

It's not like you heard it before.



Monday, September 11, 2017

FOUND HER

Crossed a continent to find her and did. I'm unbelievably lucky.

ENDEAVOR TO REMEMBER

This is why the world took a sudden turn.



 It was islam and it remains islam. Just think, you get to live in John III Sobieski's world and Moorish Spain and the shitty little piracies of the north coast of Africa that were known as the Barbary Kingdoms and just read about the slaves of all europe and england and how they just tolerated that until Thomas Jefferson said, "kill those bastards."

I know the navy captain who was charged with destroying 9 million gallons of napalm. It was wasted.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

TRUMP WALKS ON TYPHOONS OF HATE

I read Surber as a kind of afterthought.

He nails it with his article on Trump. The democrats are on the glide path to doom. The GOP leadership has elected to take the jet powered slope to doom. Jet powered is the way to go. One can only hope that all the McCains crash and burn on this approach to politics. I'm not sure what's wrong with electors in Arizona but they have relentlessly elected FLAKES to high office. Surely we deserve better than Flakes and McCains.

JUST A DREAM

I think I got past this stage when I turned 50. It sure woke me up a time or two for 20 years. I don't know about you but I forgot both french and fencing. I had to stab the fencing instructor and he forgot that the most dangerous swordsman is the one who doesn't have a clue about how to fence. Easy stab. French was a little bit more difficile but I managed. A nod to my curmedgeonly friend


HOW COOL IS THAT

A nearish miss by a minor planetoid with moons. It's obviously the way to travel, with satellites.


Friday, September 8, 2017

THE CARS I OWNED

I saw the purple cars at Time Waster and it reminded me. All the cars I owned:

Plymouth station wagon
Mazda RX-7
VW 1976 van
Mazda RX-7
Cutlass Supreme
BMW328i
Murano
VW Jetta 17 years now.

40 years of driving reduced to those cars for the most part plus a Blazer and various army trucks....and one jeep that the navy told me I had to give up. Jeeps are like heroin. It was hard to give it up.

TO LAUGH AND RIDICULE

These are the police or, as some would have it, the po po. Obviously, one is scared of catching black. I like the arm jewelry and wonder why more po po's don't wear fierce looking grills and man buns.


STEPPED INTO THE CLEARING

I had meant to mention one man but Jerry Pournelle died today and so there must be two men who have stepped into the clearing at the end of the path. Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson was one of the Last of the Few. There are scarcely a dozen left of the men who flew for the RAF in the Battle of Britain today and yet I lived all my life in the fading shadow of those giants. It's hard to believe I'm getting old but there it is. I was born in Germany, still occupied by the US Army 16 years after the wars end and yet when I saw the movie of the Battle of Britain at Fort Myer when it came out, there I was, convinced that I'd done that thing. Deja vu.

Jerry Pournelle was a writer that I admired. He collaborated with one of the best writers of our time on a number of books and I've read them all. He had a pretty good grasp on the future and his books reflected it. He also wrote for BYTE magazine and I used to read his column every time it showed up back in the day when Borders was still the store that ruled the Sevegram and stocked it at the door.

He maintained his approach to tech and computers all his life unlike me who just said, "STOP!" I stopped Windows at XP Pro and allow my mac to update when I feel like it. If new things are incompatible with what I run I don't run to update, I simply ignore. That said, I recently downloaded a new editing software and may actually use it in times to come. Jerry wrestled hard with tech. In a way he reminded me very much of Lex who said he preferred wrestling snakes in the cockpit to cubeville. I totally agree.

Farewell and God rest ye merry gentlemen.

ENOUGH SAID, HE'S CONTEMPTIBLE

Even elected Republicans say they’ve had enough.
“I look forward to going to every place where she appears,” Sen. John McCain of Arizona said sarcastically.
Sleazy MxCain pointed out that he didn’t write a book after losing the 2008 presidential race.
“I respect and admire and am a friend of Hillary’s,” he said. “But with these kind of things that happen in life, you’ve got to move on. You’ve got to quickly move on.”
Then again, Clinton’s first event sold out in hours, and the book vaulted to the top of Amazon's best-seller list weeks before its release, almost certain to set a 2017 record.

STREWTH!

I'm left hoping Kim has inched a little bomb closer to DC but all in all, this might just send a little wakeup to the clowns and losers that run the GOP in DC.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

AIR FORCE DOWNSELECTS THE A10

Having them crash is one way to get them off the Air Force inventory. It's not a route I would have chosen but then I'm not an Air Force 4 star. No doubt the unharmed pilots will be lofted into the air again soon in freshly revivified A10s for another run at the mountain of doom. While their justice branch moves with the ponderous tread of dinosaurs, the slow hand of doom just moves the stick a little tiny bit for enormous but quiet results. Kind of like how they "lose" at red flag competitions against people like the Turks and Dutch and claim that they need way way more $ if they expect to survive on a modern battlefield.  OTOH, the newer Russian SAMs make me think they will last about as long as snowflakes in Hell. They better hope the cruise missiles do their thing before they are called out to do their thing and gain air superiority.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ON KOREA

I suspect that people are making some very dangerous assumptions about North Korea and Kim. I think neither he nor they care a rat's patoot about what we may or may not do in some bland sanctioning of N. Korea but we sure as hell have lost sight of what N. Korea can do to us. As another commenter elsewhere noted, in 1939 Americans saw the Japanese as short, buck-toothed, blind idiots and treated them as such when Congress embargoed Japan following the Japanese invasion of China. They learned a potent lesson when the Imperial Japanese Navy, the same one that crushed the Tsar's navy like a bug, attacked and bombed Pearl Harbor. Surprise!

If we sanction N. Korea and embargo their trade and the trade of any country that trades with them then Kim has very little left to sell.....except for Hydrogen bombs. He can sell to the highest bidder, FOB, Pyongyang and leave it to the customer to get the bombs off Peninsula. ISIS or Al Quaeda sound like likely buyers but then so does Erdogan.

We might be a little further behind in the race to renewed hostilities than we think. If I was Kim I'd be as bellicose as I wanted to be if I already had my agents sitting on hydrogen or even atomic bombs in Hawaii, San Diego, LA, San Francisco and Seattle. The US Customs people inspect less than 1/10th of 1 percent of all the shipping containers that arrive in the United States every year and they come from all over the world.

I figure if Kim is smart the bombs are in Pearl Harbor and San Diego. If he's crazy mad and vicious they're going to be in LA and San Francisco. We need to stop getting wrapped up in what we're going to do to Kim and the Norks and consider what he is going to do to us.

Oh, and all that nonsense with missiles, just misdirection for the credulous who still play 3 card monte on the sidewalk or think they know which cup the magician hid the little ball under.

I sure hope the alphabet agencies really do have orbital nuclear detectors that can track a bomb moving across the ocean and pinpoint its location. I'd look to the shipping news to see if there have been any unexplained sinkings mid-Pacific but I don't think their wet work teams are going to leave any survivors to explain that they were just innocent fishermen when they were attacked out of the blue by an LA-688I and ADCAP torpedoes.