Thursday, September 19, 2019

I THOUGHT THIS WAS VERY FUNNY

Taken from https://pjmedia.com/trending/, it's obviously about Chick-Fil-A. Someday the whole world is going to tell all of the haters to shove it up their *******.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

MY BRIG

When I reported aboard my first ship in 1984 in the Persian Gulf I was appointed Auxiliaries Officer. Among the 72 compartments on that ship that were now, in essence, mine, I found a unique couple just above Emergency Diesel Generator #1 and just below E and A Division berthing. It wasn't like the run of the mill machine shop, boat shop, my office in the former Senior Troop Commander's office or anything like the ballast pump rooms, JP 5 pump room or even After Steering. It was, as you guessed it, the Brig. 2 cells as I recall plus the compartment holding the Petty Officer of legal assigned to torture prisoners in the cells on a warship then at sea in a combat zone. Srsly. One had to pass this palace to get down to EDG#1 with it's utterly useless Woodward governor where the equally useless generator would instantly flail to life when the automatic bus transfer switch told it the load was lost and compel it start and come on line. It would start just fine. Nothing wrong there. The governor would let it over speed trip at about 8000 rpm and there was nothing we could do to fix it even after calling in a very expensive tech rep from Woodward.

Most people picked up on the power failure when the main switchboards and steam turbines went offline. Every other soul on that ship could hear EDG#1 start and howl its way to the point where the over speed trip caused it to trip offline and shutdown. Me and the rest of A gang used to head all the way aft to the port wing wall basement where EDG#2 was and make sure it was going to survive.

We had problems with that once in the Red Sea where some obnoxious supply petty officer from HM-14 had closed all the cooling supply valves to the generator because he was getting 'condensation' off the pipes on his precious HM-14 RH-53 worthless helicopter supplies. Yeah, I did the JAGMAN on that one when we lost 2 cylinders on that Fairbanks Morse diesel forever because he'd completely chopped off all cooling to the thing.

We went out today to pick apples with a gang that's been doing it for the last 10 years and then we went to lunch for Indian cuisine. It was all good. I think a great time was had by all. It was fun to see the head of the Department know what he was doing and take leave of us and his wife and assistant and family from the one table in order to go over and spread the love, respect and affection he had for the grad students he had taught over the years that came out today at the table they were sitting at.

He came back when his only adorable grand daughter and her parents joined our table, to spend some quality baby holding time before heading back.

I'm not an academic nor academic trained. The leadership on display today was just exactly like what I was trained for and was flawlessly executed. It was a study in how to build teams to make things you want to, happen.

It was a good day. Wish you could have been here.

The post script. As I recall, 100% of ship's brigs were derated and declared null and void in 1983. What I essentially owned and never actually went into were 3 or 4 sizeable compartments on a warship that used the shaft alleys and stray voids as storage for essential supply part storage. The Supply Department had extensive spaces for that kind of thing but they never stored what you absolutely had to have right now and so engineers over the millennia have taken to finding places to store the stuff they really really really need while Supply works on sending in a request to an indifferent system that may, or may not, send them. Plus, all they really have is the enginerooms and need to find places to store the stuff they need and it's always, 'off the books'.

Supply really really hates us since we keep foiling their ineffable system.

Friday, September 13, 2019

MY MEMORABLE NAVY LEADERSHIP CLASS

I've posted it before but it came up tonight again so, I'll do it again but different.

The Navy has wickets one has to pass through successfully or so long contestant. In surface warfare the first major wicket was Department Head School. It was formerly known as Destroyer School. If a surface warfare officer fails to select for that School, his position has been established and it won't be with the Navy. I jest, we used to laugh ourselves as our worst nightmares of officers came back as meteorologists but at least they were no longer in the line of command.

One of the classes at the school was on Leadership. Just the one, about midway thru the school and as we gathered in the designated classroom the evil bastard in front of us told us that the class would not begin until we all were sitting there with the class materials that had been issued 3 months earlier. People literally got in their cars and drove to their homes all through Newport, Middletown and other horrible places in order to return and commence the instruction that was in it.

I had to walk across the parking lot to get the course material because I was an idiot and living in the BOQ. No good place, no per diem. I was an idiot.

Class reconvened at around 5 or 6 that evening and the evil bastard came back in and asked if we had the required documents. When he was assured that we all did he headed back out of the classroom and tossed over his shoulder, "that was stress, don't do it."

I was a CHENG on 2 ships and I worked my people far too hard. Had to. We had a mission and engineering is not one of those forgiving departments where, for instance, nobody notices if your SPG-60 antenna fell off the mast, landed immediately in front of Mount 51 and you currently cannot put warheads on foreheads. The ship either goes or it doesn't. Not getting underway on time and schedule used to be a career killer but I think not so much anymore. I don't think the Navy is better for losing sight of the objective which is referenced just above. They do stress creation just fine.

We weren't painting the engine rooms, lining them with fur or converting those awful aluminum engines to vibranium. We were just working to make them work when called on which, in our case, was just about everyday. We were a CNO test ship and we got underway and returned to port about 4 days per week, every week, for years. A schedule like that, even before the mine battle force rotations to the Middle East takes a toll on men and material. I'm happy to say that I never had a man that missed a single day unless he was on leave. I don't know or care what they thought of me but I thought the world of all of them.

Until I lost Iverson and Anderson.

AS I GAZE UPON THAT

The little moon rover in my last post had an antenna. We recognize the concept today because there are about 88 billion Dish antennas (yes, yes, I know) scattered across the earth. We have the deep space network to get the least little thing out of our starships and other Voyagers. My question is, just WTF was that stupid antenna for? It's clearly not stabilized. UHF or VHF could be heard any place on earth with a radio and I'm pretty sure the Apollo didn't need a special antenna to hear the two guys on the moon.

Clearly, it's aliens.

THE NEW ANCIENT TWIST

Looking at the state of what is laughably known as both the German and our state of war prep, it is easy to buy the liberal thought that, there is no more war. Liberals are idiots. The only way to keep out of war is to be prepared for war. They never understand that and instantly assume the readiness for war is a prelude to aggression. They work very hard to make it so. In the crucible, the Jews finally figured it out and now stand ready and all their enemies know it.

I would cut France and Germany a little slack because at the end of my service, threat in western Europe is un..............finished.

Oops, lost my train of thought. They and the rest of Europe are failing to gear up for the biggest war since the Siege of Vienna and refuse to accept it. OTGH, they have already lost and why buy weapons and invest in technology for their new masters?

I will be sad to see England vanish. Any student of history knows where the impetus came that made this age different from  those of Rome and Athens and Egypt. It was in most part due to the Royal Society.

It all used to stand for something......but you won't hear it out of those people.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

HOW I GOT TO MEMPHIS

Pretty much like this. Never planned to go there, never plan to go back. I do like the song very much and this iteration in particular. We went and saw Jeff Daniels in concert but he didn't play it because he had so much other good stuff.

TO BATTLE!

I am old and gray and a little bit wounded. The friends and allies I am seeking still have all their strength and agility and yet one must go. It has been written! The one who is going definitely won't like it but will be ever so much happier, in time. Ordinarily I move through the house closing off doors and rooms and limiting the getaway space. Can't do it today. Both of my friends and allies need clear access to the basement for now and they both really begin to suspect something is in the offing if I close the doors to the second floor bedrooms. The hours between now and 1130 will be frought and I'll never get either one if he goes into the basement.

The one I need is the mighty hunter of late and last night paraded around with a mouse in his mouth.  No no, we keep a good house but it's almost four million years old and there are cracks and crevices although I have made an extra special effort to make sure no more damned bats fly in and land on me.

UPDATE:

I snared Hobbes with zero trouble this morning and threw him in the bag. He didn't like the snaring and throwing part but once in the bag became his normal self and settled in for a nap while I drove him to Lakewood where a very nice lady and her mother worked for 2 solid hours to shave the mats off him. He is once again half the cat he used to be but way happier since he can lie down without pain or soreness. He's off to the vets next but he doesn't know it. I hid the usual catnapping gear when I got home where he can't see it and every time it reappears both of them are eager to explore it, sleep in it and claim it as their own. They are really easy to snare. I offered Anne Bonney that maybe what we should do is just rub him down with Nair every week. She was not amused. Neither was Hobbes.

The mats on Hobbes spring into existance when we leave town for travel and leave the care of the two to either my relatives or friends, all of whom are most excellent cat people. When we come back we find a cat we left in perfect health matted to a fare-thee-well.

One of us will undoubtedly post pictures of the two of them, in the fullnes of time, or after breakfast.

I AGREE

I'm a little bit like those old guys who I suspect hang out somewhere or other. It isn't the VFW or American Legion because I've been there and the bartenders, cannons and M60 tanks tended to outnumber the vets. OTOH, I'm now an older vet so maybe I should have another look. I would like to thank the guys that fought in Afghanistan and Iraq and the hidden wars and let them buy me some beers while I regale them with stories about the 'old days.' :)

I did like this and needed to catch it before it flew over my head. I don't think it's real but I'd love it if it is.
Portions of the Apollo 11 mission are dramatized in the HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon episode entitled "Mare Tranquilitatis". In that episode, Michael Collins made the following suggestion as to what Armstrong should say upon stepping onto the lunar surface: "If you had any balls, you'd say 'Oh, my God, what is that thing?' then scream and cut your mic."
Now that would have been epic :)

You'd think at almost my age I'd be a little bit more grown up about this sort of thing. OTGH, I would have done it but then I was only 9 when they did it.

THEY WERE REAL ONCE

They were once every bit as real as the Taliban still is today.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

SIGN OF THE TIMES

You don't have to be ignorant of history, you just have to care about politics more. There are, literally, people in the current White House that think they can ink a peace deal with the people that brought us 9/11 and blew up two of our embassies in Africa and they think of themselves as cognitive statespeople.

OTGH,

I don't live in New York City or Washington DC and neither does anybody I care about. I'd be a little more concerned about radioactive attacks if my daughter lived there but I live to the west and the prevailing wind is usually, from the west.

Were I to still live in the corridor of fire, I'd be outraged at this but it is every bit of what they voted for again and again.

srsly, a peace treaty with what calls itself the taliban? It is as if nobody involved read history.

WE WERE THERE FOR THE KURDS FOR A LITTLE BIT

Those poor bastards never get a break from the great powers who use them and drop them like a hot skillet when our will has triumphed. We used to joke about them at NAVCENT because they only reach a common interest when they agree to kill other Kurds. It really doesn't make for a rational system of government. You might as well have ladies handing swords out of ponds.

I write that as someone who greatly prefers Kurds to arabs. I hate to say it but someday, they will have their Ataturk. I don't think it is likely. I remember the stuff I read about shah massoud two decades ago who was murdered by al queda  operatives pretending to be a French TV news crew there to interview him two days before 9/11 when they revealed themselves to those ignorant  in the West. He was the Lion of the North and al queda still managed to kill him in his kingdom.

The Turks or Syrians or Iraqis will always be there to kill the Washington of the Kurds.

I know, we seldom think about him, but consider and read about him. He was like Franklin and Jefferson, a man out of time. The first President might have pulled off the dissolution of the British Empire but nobody knows his name. Jefferson or Franklin could not although they tugged quite thoroughly on superman's cape. Somehow, they knew his name. It's when you read history you recognize what shallow creatures our politicians are today.

REVERY

I wandered a little ways in tonight over some forgotten terms I am reading in Aeronauts Windlass and came out of the experience with a desire to read again about the Captal de Buch. He was a boon companion of the Black Prince and with diversity assured I plunged once again into history. If one enjoys it, it can eat hours with nothing but a nibble. They were both characters I enjoyed as I grew up.

There were far far fewer humans back then and only a handful had a written language to immortalize things, but those guys and Roland and Mad Anthony inspired me to read more back when I was young.

Oh, and stay away from wikipedia. It grabs you by the eyeball and never lets go.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

INTERESTINGER AND INTERESTINGER

I used to laugh when hearing or reading about whatever the witchfindergeneral was up to but that has pretty much stopped although I strongly encourage everyone I know to read "Good Omens" which does field a wichfinder Sargent. CNN though takes the biscuit. Here is their story so far as they investigate why some USAF/USANG crew slept at a place in Scotland with Trump's name on it and they treat it like President Trump is raising scorpions to slip into their pants.

I'm pretty sure President Trump didn't call them and tell them to land in Scotland and stay at a resort there. Mostly because everyone knows that is just what the Air Force does. Srsly, only the Air Force could come up with air conditioned tents in Egypt for Bright Star 95. I'm not mocking or complaining. It's just something that never would have occurred to an Army, Marine or Navy officer. We in Bahrain used to joke that the Air Force had an 'Expeditionary Air Pool' in the Banz warehouse where they stored their Harvest Falcon stuff. I think, as it turns out, the joke was on us because there was a pool in there.

I could wish that the media would find at least some former military members to keep their idiocy down but then they hire the idiots as soon as they retire and pop up their heads thinking someone just asked who wanted a steak.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

WEIRDER AND WEIRDER

So I went to the bank today to deposit a check that was not mine but well endorsed and with the recipients name on both the check and the bank PNC CARD. I was getting gas next to the most robbable branch in Shaker Square and thought, why don't I make this easy on myself and walk in to the f************ bank and attempt to deposit it.

The bank teller told me to F*****************off.

On the way out I saw the branch manager in his office and asked him if he had a moment. He allowed as how his time was my time so I asked him about the strange policy of a bank that tells depositers to hit the ATM instead of actually doing banking business in the bank. He said he would be glad to not PNC help me either.

Waited behind an SUV sitting on the cross street polinator waiting for my turn at the ATM.

I am sure that other people that bank with PNC have no problems like this.

Me? I bank with NFCU which is on the 26th floor of the Federal Building and just strip off your clothes to get into the building you terrorist.

In retrospect, some banking is easy. Maybe in 20 years I'll try it again.

ENROUTE

We did a good deal of driving in the last week (she did) but I was struck by the signs people put up alongside the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76. One of the hand painted signs in the middle of a field, of which there are many simply said, J33.3. I asked Pam what it was and of course she knew. I tried so many times to read that thing and never could. She held out the bible in the hotel room and showed me, all of this is old testament and this little thing that remains is new testament. All of it a continuing mystery to me.

Still, I expect that many people fail to understand a little thing about America. There are vast distances between huge cities. Enormous distances where people like me live. We don't make much noise most of the time, we rustle like the leaves when we do. I read in the news that President Trump would be easily defeated by twigs, bark and barley in the 2020 election, but I don't think so.

I think there is a reason that politics starts in Iowa. I wouldn't go there except to get through it. OTGH, by the time the election season rolled out to me in California I had just one choice since Iowa et al had eliminated everyone but McCain and I could not vote for that scumbag even if someone held a gun to my head...and Romney? Srsly!!!!

Here is the new Party. Absolutely anybody who never held public office is my candidate.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

EXPLANATORY POST FOR LAST 2 + WEEKS

It was aliens!

Alternatively, we went and spent a bit of time in southern California for both business and pleasure and I cannot actually (don't know how) to post blog updates from my ipad and since I left my 42 pound laptop at home I made do with none at all. Then we got home and went to Carlisle for one of my uncles 85th birthdays. They are the closest thing we have today to family reunions of the clan that once existed and I try to go if I can. I made it to the 100th birthday party with just about 98% of the clan a few years ago and much fun and enjoyment was had at the last birthday party of the ancient uncles.

It was kind of a revelation to me that not one single one of those people uses a cane much less a walker of any type. All of them strolled about the estate like ancient 'trolls', yes, that's the word I'd use. We had a lot of fun, the company was great, meeting older relatives who we all remember each other as borderline insufferable teenagers......all good. The oldest were in fine fettle and still willing to take on all younger comers at whiffle ball. Unlike the party 2 years ago, there was no water balloon fight.

Regular ish blogging will resume. Tomorrow.

MD, Worked at St. Judes Children's Hospital for decades

Some really nice flowers

The beer must be here somewhere said the conclave of the wise. There was much debate.

Friday, August 30, 2019

WORD

Thanks Kurt

among his other crimes, he's a lawyer.


I wouldn't ask an FBI agent directions to the nearest bank.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

JUST STANDING IN AWE WITH MOUTH AGAPE

This was at instapundit a minute ago. It resonates very loudly.
“Vote for us, you bigots,” is quite an interesting argument for Democratic Party operatives with bylines to be making during in the early innings of a presidential election cycle.
As was said there earlier, all they have to do to win is just not be crazy. They're giving crazy a run for their money.

Having come back from CA yesterday, we are heading for PA crazyville in the morning. As we do on our way out we will pass through Lordstown on our way to Carlisle. In my twisted world we could make something there, technicals if nothing else. As with tesla, we could sell them for nothing in the 3rd world and make money on selling those bastards some ammunition.

Just sayin. If you ain't innovating, you ain't trying.

actually not sure how to spell ain't. I'll ask my daughter...... She'll know.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

GREAT WHITE!

I wonder if I did that on facething would I get the instant attention of the AI? How about one of these great whites? Evidently they're vanishing from South African waters. I hear they're on vacation just like me last week in California...


WORD

Read it slow.  It is the very essence of where we are today.

By Jim Mattis


I had time on the cross-country flight to ponder how to encapsulate my view of America’s role in the world. On my flight out of Denver, [I just flew into metroparkcentralis from Denver yesterday] the flight attendant’s standard safety briefing caught my attention: If cabin pressure is lost, masks will fall…Put your own mask on first, then help others around you. In that moment, those familiar words seemed like a metaphor: To preserve our leadership role, we needed to get our own country’s act together first, especially if we were to help others.

Afterward, the president-elect escorted me out to the front steps of the colonnaded clubhouse, where the press was gathered. I assumed that I would be on my way back to Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where I’d spent the past few years doing research. I figured that my strong support of NATO and my dismissal of the use of torture on prisoners would have the president-elect looking for another candidate. [I'm not sure why he thought that because I've worked for a number of people with whom I had enormous differences of opinions but none of them slowed down the urgency and success of completing the missions we were assigned.]

Standing beside him on the steps as photographers snapped away, I was surprised for the second time that week when he characterized me to the reporters as “the real deal.” Days later, I was formally nominated.

.... Still, having been raised by the Greatest Generation, by two parents who had served in World War II, and subsequently shaped by more than four decades in the Marine Corps, I considered government service to be both honor and duty. When the president asks you to do something, you don’t play Hamlet on the wall, wringing your hands. To quote a great American company’s slogan, you “just do it.” So long as you are prepared, you say yes.

When it comes to the defense of our experiment in democracy and our way of life, ideology should have nothing to do with it. [He is very very wrong here. Ideology has EVERYTHING to do with it.] Whether asked to serve by a Democratic or a Republican, you serve. “Politics ends at the water’s edge”:
....

We were at war, amid the longest continuous stretch of armed conflict in our nation’s history. I’d signed enough letters to next of kin about the death of a loved one to understand the consequences of leading a department on a war footing when the rest of the country was not. The Department of Defense’s millions of devoted troops and civilians spread around the world carried out their mission with a budget larger than the GDPs of all but two dozen countries.

On a personal level, I had no great desire to return to Washington, D.C. I drew no energy from the turmoil and politics that animate our capital. Yet I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the job’s immensities. I also felt confident that I could gain bipartisan support for the Department of Defense despite the political fratricide practiced in Washington.

My career in the Marines brought me to that moment and prepared me to say yes to a job of that magnitude. The Marines teach you, above all, how to adapt, improvise and overcome. [Best expressed in the movie Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood] But they expect you to have done your homework, to have mastered your profession. Amateur performance is anathema. [Everywhere!]

The Marines are bluntly critical of falling short, satisfied only with 100% effort and commitment. Yet over the course of my career, every time I made a mistake—and I made many—the Marines promoted me. [See my page at the right on learning by making and letting others make mistakes. Too often now the military is a zero tolerance kind of place. No learning takes place where there is no forgiveness for mistakes.] They recognized that these mistakes were part of my tuition and a necessary bridge to learning how to do things right. Year in and year out, the Marines had trained me in skills they knew I needed, while educating me to deal with the unexpected.

Beneath its Prussian exterior of short haircuts, crisp uniforms and exacting standards, the Corps nurtured some of the strangest mavericks and most original thinkers I encountered in my journey through multiple commands and dozens of countries. The Marines’ military excellence does not suffocate intellectual freedom or substitute regimented dogma for imaginative solutions. [Neither did my father's Army or my first 10 years in the Navy.] They know their doctrine, often derived from lessons learned in combat and written in blood, but refuse to let that turn into dogma. [I believe I mentioned earlier that DOGMA is a great movie!]

Woe to the unimaginative one who, in after-action reviews, takes refuge in doctrine. The critiques in the field, in the classroom or at happy hour are blunt for good reasons. Personal sensitivities are irrelevant. No effort is made to ease you through your midlife crisis when peers, seniors or subordinates offer more cunning or historically proven options, even when out of step with doctrine. [Except of course how DEEP BLUE treated General Ripper. That was hate piled on hate.]

In any organization, it’s all about selecting the right team. The two qualities I was taught to value most were initiative and aggressiveness. Institutions get the behaviors they reward. [What he failed to mention that nobody ever in my 30 years in the NAVY let me pick 'my team'. I got what was handed me and had to mold it and shape it to be an instrument effective at carrying out the mission. He should have said so here.]

During my monthlong preparation for my Senate confirmation hearings, I read many excellent intelligence briefings. I was struck by the degree to which our competitive military edge was eroding, including our technological advantage. We would have to focus on regaining the edge. [After my years at SPAWAR I'm here to tell you 90+% of our hardware is made in China.]
.....

When you’re going to a gunfight, bring all your friends with guns.
An oft-spoken admonition in the Marines is this: When you’re going to a gunfight, bring all your friends with guns. Having fought many times in coalitions, I believe that we need every ally we can bring to the fight. From imaginative military solutions to their country’s vote in the U.N., the more allies the better. I have never been on a crowded battlefield, and there is always room for those who want to be there alongside us. [Our putative allies in NATO don't support us on any battlefield and never in the UN. General Mattis missed the boat on this one.]

A wise leader must deal with reality and state what he intends, and what level of commitment he is willing to invest in achieving that end. He then has to trust that his subordinates know how to carry that out. Wise leadership requires collaboration; otherwise, it will lead to failure. [Hitler had a vast number of allies yet he led Germany into failure. Let's not go there with allies like that.]

Nations with allies thrive, and those without them wither. Alone, America cannot protect our people and our economy. At this time, we can see storm clouds gathering. A polemicist’s role is not sufficient for a leader. A leader must display strategic acumen that incorporates respect for those nations that have stood with us when trouble loomed. Returning to a strategic stance that includes the interests of as many nations as we can make common cause with, we can better deal with this imperfect world we occupy together. Absent this, we will occupy an increasingly lonely position, one that puts us at increasing risk in the world. [I'd recommend Thucydides to him because he has clearly forgotten it. Hard to believe Stanford and the Hoover Institute dropped Thucydides from their reading list. Athens had lots and lots of 'allies'. That's what you take away from reading the book.]

It never dawned on me that I would serve again in a government post after retiring from active duty. But the phone call came, and on a Saturday morning in late 2017, I walked into the secretary of defense’s office, which I had first entered as a colonel on staff 20 years earlier. Using every skill I had learned during my decades as a Marine, I did as well as I could for as long as I could. When my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated, it was time to resign, despite the limitless joy I felt serving alongside our troops in defense of our Constitution. [The problem General was that you were trying to keep faith with allies that manifestly were not keeping faith with us. President Trump understood that and acted on that basis. You let your 40 years as a Marine influence your 'concept' of what our 'allies' do. President Trump doesn't play that game.]

We all know that we’re better than our current politics.
Unlike in the past, where we were unified and drew in allies, currently our own commons seems to be breaking apart. What concerns me most as a military man is not our external adversaries; it is our internal divisiveness. We are dividing into hostile tribes cheering against each other, fueled by emotion and a mutual disdain that jeopardizes our future, instead of rediscovering our common ground and finding solutions. [While I have enormous disdain for the progressives and democrats who have feelzzzzz for the likes of antifa and the PLO,  I have not parted from my country or the oath I swore again and again every time I was promoted in the Navy. There is truly a split but it wasn't anything that I or mine did. I am and remain a strict Constitutionalist. I'm not the one promoting revolution, spinning race as a weapon or crippling our public education system.]

All Americans need to recognize that our democracy is an experiment—and one that can be reversed. We all know that we’re better than our current politics. Tribalism must not be allowed to destroy our experiment. [There is just one party that supports tribalism]

.....

Hope that helped. BTW, I have enormous respect for that man.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

WHY ASK WHY

I think I like this guy. I honestly don't care what the socialists think about him.

Trump signs order automatically forgiving student loan debt for disabled veterans

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

WHAT I SAW

I stole this one complete from wire cutter. We really liked that strange place.



IT IS TO LAUGH

Here's some mainline thinking from the people behind HLS and the FBI but shadow warriors all:
A notation from CNN said, "CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correctly state the history of US land purchases." 
Alaska, which became the 49th U.S. state in 1959, encompasses 663,268 square miles of land and is the most northwestern portion of North America. Positioned in the Arctic, which is seen as an increasingly strategic region by the Pentagon as the U.S. shifts its national defense posture toward a great power struggle in the 21st century. 
Mainland Alaska is less than 100 miles from mainland Russia, and Alaskan radar detection systems have been put in the spotlight as Russian planes have periodically tested U.S. air defense responses in the region.
So CNN's usual pack of idiots, ignorants and stupid people got it all wrong from the start. No surprise, but let's look at the Pentagon's stupid twist on being blissfully ignorant and irrelevant in the true strategic impact of geography on national security. You can't do better than the Executive Summary of June 2019 DOD Report to Congress on Arctic Strategy.  Let's have a look, shall we?
DoD’s desired end-state for the Arctic is a secure and stable region in which U.S. national security interests are safeguarded, the U.S. homeland is defended, and nations work cooperatively to address shared challenges. 
Protecting U.S. national security interests in the Arctic will require the Joint Force to sustain its competitive military advantages in the IndoPacific and Europe, identified in the NDS as key regions of strategic competition, and to maintain a credible deterrent for the Arctic region. 
DoD must be able to quickly identify threats in the Arctic, respond promptly and effectively to those threats, and shape the security environment to mitigate the prospect of those threats in the future. 
At some point there must be somebody in the Pentagon wondering why we don't have any national security policy for dealing with an invasion by 22 million colonists coming over our southern border from Mexico, Central America, Africa and the Middle East......right?

I mean srsly, they got a policy for the most denuded of human life part of the planet but not one for dealing with over a billion destitute impoverished vandals, goths and visigoths of the New Millennium? Sh*t, Rome did better than that over 1500 years ago.

i'M STILL LAUGHING

Here is Attorney General Barr lauding the fact that he rehired two deep swamp characters who 'worked' for 4 previous AG's which would include Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. One doesn't get more corrupt or two-faced than lying scumbags like them.

You know, he could have picked anybody out of the Shaker Heights alumni phone book and stood a 99% chance of finding an actual, no shit, ethical leader of the federal bureau of prisons but no, he turned back to the swamp.

Weird how they keep doing that again and again. Just look at this this gorgon from hell.

Somehow this creature keeps appearing again and again in public roles as a 'servant of the people' who rakes in $26 million as a functionary at Fannie Mae over the course of 4 years. She was at the heart of Duke lawsuit against their lacrosse team until she just bailed out when Duke was losing their clear and obvious framing job and then she was also the one who created the wall between national security intelligence and law enforcement which led to the horrors of 9/11.

I'm really tired of these people showing up in public service again and again.

President Trump has cabinet officials telling various branches of the swamp to move to Kansas and Nebraska and that's a good thing. There is no reason at all that any of the various organs of the deep state need to reside in the DC, northern Virginia area. They should not relocate to Malibu or Santa Monica but Butte sounds good to me.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

ODERINT DUM METUANT

I had a 50% role in the design of these challenge coins. The admirals in NOLA were terrified of the commodore we had in mind when we made them. He was shaking the very foundations of the earth they stood on and 100% of what he predicted in his article in the Proceedings of the Naval Institute did indeed come to pass and all the scuzzy slime that had carefully created their own little empire down in New Orleans were turfed out, displaced and thrown away shortly after 9/11.



There were only a handful ever made and they went to the ones who know what we meant at the time, (long ago in the last millennium). The other guy who was responsible for the other 50% of the design was a captain and then was promoted and promoted and retired as a 2 star but while he served very well as a Squadron Commodore, he was nought but a Deputy Commodore of the Group. When we designed these together in Korea and had them made, there were only 2 commodores of IUW; one East Coast and one West Coast. The Commodores on the west coast were always some of the finest officers we had.

At the time we had the coins made we worked for one of the best Commodores Inshore Undersea Warfare ever had but he disdained the people in his Administrative Chain of Command and let it show. He, on the other hand, was great to work for. We decided that we'd honor him with a coin at his change of command and retirement ceremony and since we happened to be in Korea at the time it was very simple and cheap to create some coins there and have them within a couple of weeks.

They signify something the Philadelphia police and all to many other institutions have lost over the last 30 years as every institution crumbled under the idiotic demands of BLM, LGBT dogma, Title IX at universities and their kangaroo courts, the destruction of 100% of the integrity of the FBI, CIA, DNI, NSA, the church and the DOJ. I happen to believe you could toss the entire democratic party in the rubbish bin alongside all of the above because, say what you will, the last one of them who really got it was LBJ and he's been dead and buried for decades.

Nowadays the dregs of society claim to lead everything and they exert control over the institutions far beyond their competence or ability. The people hate them but nobody fears them. To quote the famous Spanish Inquisition.



At one time, they were feared and rightly so but we've reached the point where SJWs and their fellow travelers have decoupled all the teeth and fangs of almost all accusatory language from fear because they over-used them to death. Everyone that disagrees is not a nazi or racist or white supremacist and they no longer care at all what the snowflakes think.

The Philly cops and the so called justice types that let the perps of the Move bombing get away with it are all too similar to the ones that let cops get away with killing anybody at all and now the cops and the law types have zero credibility and no respect from an enormous percentage of the people. Having the courts all the way up to the Supreme Court declare again and again that the police "have no duty to protect" while the politicians seek to disarm us all...well, they lost the last bastion of credibility.

I think we're ready to let them fear the people now until they take positive steps to rebuild what they so carelessly allowed the scum at the top throw away over the last 30 years.