Thursday, December 30, 2021
And Epstein still didn’t kill himself.
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Monday, December 27, 2021
Patriotic Duty and
Redstate And the rule of law.
Read them yourself and see what 'grave damage' to national security of this country really looks like these days.
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
It honestly makes me laugh out loud to read these things now. Sadly, this is a lesson we ourselves learned by inflicting crippling industry destroying sanctions on Japan before WWII which caused them to come to view us as the enemy. Unfortunately we have a full generation of military generals and admirals who think they know how to fight an all out war against a near peer adversary but I don't think they have been paying attention to the news over the last 20 years. Russia is a startlingly well armed, well equipped and professional military these days and has weapons that don't just rival our own, they're, in some cases, way better than ours and have been for 20 years or so.
Deliveries of Russian natural gas to Germany through the Yamal-Europe pipeline have been completely halted, data from the country’s transport operator, Gascade, revealed on Tuesday morning. The suspension of the flow comes after a weekend in which the volume being sent through the network dropped significantly, just as demand for energy in both Russia and the rest of Europe reached its winter peak. On Monday, it was reported that state-owned giant Gazprom, the system’s operator in Russia and Belarus, had booked no capacity at all for transiting natural gas on Tuesday.
The Yamal-Europe transnational gas pipeline runs from northwest Siberia to Frankfurt-an-der-Oder in eastern Germany via Belarus and Poland. Last year, around one-fifth of all natural gas sent to Western Europe went via Belarus. Energy supplies through the system vary based on consumption, including within Russia, which Gazprom prioritizes over sending fuel abroad. Temperatures have plummeted in Moscow and other large Russian cities this week.
European gas prices surge. Flows through the pipeline dropped to 6% of capacity on Saturday and 5% on Sunday, before eventually falling to zero on Tuesday morning. Due to the winter cold and the restricted supply, European energy prices have soared.
Officials in the West have accused Moscow of playing politics with the supply of gas to the rest of Europe, allegedly with the aim of forcing the EU to approve the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is yet to be certified, but is ready to operate. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these allegations, with Gazprom noting that it continues to fulfill its contracts.
I can only imagine what a REturn of FORces to GERmany (REFORGER) would look like if we tried to pull it off in the next 6 months. It can't happen any faster than that and based on the kind of military stupidity on display so conspicuously in Afghanistan as we ran away it is likely to be magnitudes of disaster worse than you can imagine. The ships aren't there, the Divisions and troops don't exist anymore and the weapons suck, are in short supply or low on ammunition and munitions.
I don't think those NATO dullards realize just how totally alone, unarmed and unafraid they are. They're too stupid to know fear and too ignorant to admit that they don't have any armies worthy of the name and only about 1% of their putative male population is in any kind of shape to fight a war that will involve colossal defeats before it ever begins to shade towards victory, if it ever does. President Trump tried to point out to them how naked they were and they did not hear him. Too late now. You know that thing you keep hearing about supply chain difficulties? Most of the components (the little high tech ones) are only made in communist China and only there for about 30 years now. You thought getting your new F150 truck was backed up? Think about putting in an order to China for the components we need to build missiles, radars, seekers, satellites, artillery fuses. Little things like that that aren't made in America anymore.
I don't really expect any fighting. It's not in Western Europeans to fight for anything anymore. Honor is as dead to them as the Holy Roman Empire and nationalism is a filthy dirty word fit only for far right thugboys and they hates them.
Interesting times.... I'd feel some sympathy for the Ukrainians but they really need to learn something from a thousand years of history, don't they? Nobody never said nothing bout not poking the bear with a stick? Really?
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Saturday, December 18, 2021
I refer to him as a local but I don't think he ever stepped foot west of the Ohio and never visited the 500 acre land grant that Congress awarded him after his service during the Revolution. It was located a little south of here in Dublin, Ohio. Still it was worth the walk to get to see the monument that the Poles of Cleveland erected in 1905 to a hero of both Poland and the U.S.
He had a quirk he got from somewhere when he was young and never lost it. You can see it here in the letter he wrote to his friend Thomas Jefferson.
I think he was an incurable optimist. On the other hand, although he tried and tried, he was never married. Still, I think it would be nice if we still educated our young citizens as he asked his friend to see to the education of those he would set free.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Then there was this from Cantor's War by Anvil from long ago.
"That's better yet. Then Binder gets to explain how a Recognized Authority In The Field could make a mistake."
"Is that so impossible?"
"For Binder it is. Binder is solid for Authority. Put him in the Middle Ages and he'd chop Gallileo's head off in a minute for arguing that a heavy weight and a light weight fall at the same speed when Aristotle said otherwise. How you can have a Believer in either mathematics or science beats me, but the bigger a field gets, the more of them migrate in and set up shop."
Essentia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.
We find the same mindset has completely taken over the Schools of Education around the world where the Recognized Authority happens to be Marx and strucutral racism of the first order is the mandatory path to educational and societal success.
Still more do we find it in the Global Warming scam where the science is practically non-existant and nobody cares or even points it out to the foolish believers anymore because, what's the point. You can't educate stupid indoctrinated peasants and history has shown this repeatedly through the ages. Did you ever wonder why all successful revolutions throughout history were led by the educated elites who had gained knowledge and wisdom from reading the works of the people that came before? A simple dive into the history of our Revolution will suffice to show how the men who led it were the best thinkers of their generation on either side of the Atlantic. What happened in France was inspired by our Revolution and if you read the revolutionary histories of other places from Vietnam to the Middle East you see the same sort of pattern. It's only when you look at the failed states and failed revolutions that you see from the men leading them that they were doomed to failure at the outset.
I wonder which one of our Embassies will be overrun and occupied next year. I'm thinking one of the 'stans.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Friday, December 10, 2021
This rings a bell. It is fascinating to watch the world turning into good little NAZIs overnight and not from some fear of the cunning or dangerous enemy but over a bug that is slightly more dangerous than the flu. No wonder il Duce, Franco, Peron, Hitler and Stalin got their worlds to dance to their tune. They provided the score, the music, the musicians and a nice utterly harmless enemy that could be overwhelmed by Karens and others who want to feel good about oppressing other people.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
It's so easy a democrat can do it for Christ's sake.
Thursday, December 2, 2021
"I gained a whole new appreciation for pedestrians after I started driving on the sidewalk."
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Wake up you woke SOBs. You going all violent and vicious isn't a free pass anymore because now you get to embrace martyrdom. They don't like that. That hurts. I think the days of them hurling insults with megaphones while the sheep look up are just about over. The days of looting, burning and attacking are also probably coming to an end. OTGH, I still get a kick out of the BLM wormtongue claiming that Kyle Rittenhouse and the rest of us supremacists attacked peaceful BLM losers and "THEIR ALLIES." You have to be all kinds of stupid to claim arsonists and pedaphiles as your allies.
Oh and yeah, my race? The race of reason, of course. Oddly enough, Allen Dean Foster captured it very well in one of his books; Bloodhype, as I recall.
It is time to stand up and be counted. On the Other Gripping Hand, I took a look at the numbers on my street here in metroparkcentralis and it looks pretty bad for my team. My street is 91% registered democrat and just 9% rethuglican. 6% of us didn't vote in the latest election. They keep ducedly good records of that sort of thing here in the metropark. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure I know who owns 99% of the weapons on this street.
Friday, November 19, 2021
I kind of miss driving up 163 or I-15 and I-5 and watching the F-18s and their predecssors flying overhead. The A-7s vanished even while I was at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. They used to come in so low over the golf course I thought I could hit them with a chip shot. The same thing almost at NASNI where one crosses the road over to the beach holes at Sea & Air and finds signs that warn of low flying aircraft and recommend cars stop and let them pass as everything comes together right where the runway begins and the aircraft are given an opportunity to merge with auto traffic.
Next year and it's going to be super hornets.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
I'm keeping my eye on things just to see how this comes about.
Oh, OK, I just made it up.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
And of course, we have our new Chancellor of Germany running things in the White House. I'm not sure what that guy's names are but it is clearly an invasion orchestrated by the White House and the democrats in Congress. They are letting the invaders in and oddly enough, many of them are coming from the Hells on Earth they created in the middle east and in Latin America and now they want to bring it to America.
Saturday, November 13, 2021
I guess I'm kind of surprised Bezos hasn't taken to parking random ships in the downrange capture basket for SpaceX rockets landing on the drone barge 325 miles downrange from Cape Canaveral. I remember something as simple at shooting at San Clemente Island was often made difficult by the morons that decided to fish in the closed waters on the south end of the island. My concern for them was best expressed by me proposing to use High Explosive Control Variable Time 5 inch frag rounds to clear the range. I figured a few airburst around them would send them on their way quite quickly, one way or the other.
I don't know what kind of stand off clearance SpaceX needs to have around Bob, their drone ship when it is in capture mode but I also don't know how they clear the interference out there if and when people get inside the safety distance. Since we're talking Elon Musk, it wouldn't surprise me if he has a pirate submarine out there to warn off or just sink boats that interfere with Starlink and other missions into orbit.
Friday, November 12, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Alike, we lost the War on drugs. It wasn't much of a war but oh how it made the young pay for minor mistakes with their lives destroyed and ruined by things that are not even considered a crime now. It was the law as much as the drugs that ended too many dreams and extinguished any hope for a bright future once it took ahold of one and wrestled them through the legal miasma we call justice.
We aren't doing so well in the Social Wars of the 20th and 21st Centuries. It seems a great pity that our leaders have declared war on the climate. They really seem to think they can defeat it somehow but I'm not sure what they'll use as metrics. 99% of everything they think they know about global warming is a myth and none of it is within the grasp of mankind to change or alter. We will win yet another echoing defeat for the ages when the smart people resume their place and guide and shape the young and guide and displace the stupid and idiotic.
I mentioned two reasons for remembering this Day. Happy Birthday, Mom!
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
I've noticed that when enough people set out to break something, they do. Sadly, it really only takes one. The Bonhomme Richard serves as the most fiery case. One man did that. I personally think we broke the country. I don't see it coming back.
This is one battle in a much bigger war, and the stakes are far higher than the governorship of Virginia or the Democrats and Republicans. The stakes are the future of this nation. When school propaganda teaches black kids to hate white people, that is a danger to all Americans of every race. Anyone at all familiar with the history of group-identity politics in other countries knows that it has often ended up producing sickening atrocities that have torn whole societies apart.
If you have a strong stomach, read about the 1915 atrocities against the Armenians in Turkey, "ethnic cleansing" in the Balkans, or the reciprocal atrocities between the Sinhalese and Tamils during their civil war in Sri Lanka.
Do not kid yourself that this cannot happen in America. The relations between the Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka were once held up to the world as a model of intergroup harmony.
They got along better than blacks and whites have ever gotten along in the U.S. But then a talented demagogue polarized the country with group-identity politics, to get himself elected prime minister.
Friday, October 22, 2021
It's going to be hard to believe that a whole world entered bankruptcy because of a little tiny percentage of people who died from catching the new flu. It didn't have to be like this and we all know it, those of us who are and remained sane.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
We had a quarterly fire fighting assessment from our Group Staff. We actually passed one inspection as the inspector was walking down the long pier to our ship at the distant end away from the Admiral Kidd Club. There was an electrical fire that broke out as he stepped on the pier and the Officer of the Deck passed the word promptly over the shipwide announcing system. Fire Fire Fire......blah. Class C fire in the blah blah. Then he was phoned by the Electrician of the Watch that power had been secured, He passed that word as the Senior Chief Damage Control man walked up the pier and then passed the word that the fire was out and the reflash watch was set.
If I had timed it exactly as a drill it could not have been better. I knew this all because I was walking down the pier with the Senior Chief having met him in the parking lot. We played inspections like the game they were and gamed the hell out of them but this one was real life. He took inventory of our Repair Lockers and announced himself satisfied before lunch and we went out for a few pitchers at Pure Platinum. What a nice emporium that was. Our sister ship spent the next 2 days trying to pass the same inspection. It was ugly.
The fire fault finding is detailed. It's worth a look if you're in the prevention business. Every single aspect of 'prevention' was unsatisfactory and the sad reality is that it probably still is on every ship in the USN. Training an entire crew of everyone in damage control is made harder when fewer and fewer of them are up to the rigors of it and dismiss it as somebody else's problem. You know, something for the turd chasers to deal with. I'd extinguish that kind of attitude immediately but it is the manifestation from the aviation dets translated over to the pure crew. Not my problem. I think we now have a lot more ship riders than crew on our ships. When I saw the article about how over-officered they were I was stunned. Too many officers not enough indians is the definition of stepping into disasters unseen and unprepared for because it was 'someone else's job.'
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
Still, I once served very briefly with a Reserve LT who was riding our ship on his AT and he translated things from the Russian into English. I was quite amazed and asked how well he spoke Russian and his reply lingers to this day, "Can't speak a word of Russian. I just take the articles Navy Intelligence sends me and crack open the Russian-English dictionary and look up all the words.
I somehow sense that American Intel has never really matured from that point and that all of our Intel comes through a similar fountain of mis-knowlege of purpose, intent, plan and deed.
Try some Juvenal and see how it fits today.
It doesn't have to be this way. We could start by making absolutely sure that nobody with a 'degree' in education ever gets a job in any school ever again, even pushing a broom.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
2. Policy. In order to maximize readiness, it is the policy goal of the U.S. Navy to achieve a fully vaccinated force against the persistent and lethal threat of COVID-19.
2.a. In support of the above stated policy, and as directed by the Secretary of the Navys lawful order, the Navy has commenced a mandatory vaccination campaign per references (a) through (c). Navy service members refusing the COVID-19 vaccination, absent a pending or approved exemption, shall be processed for administrative separation per this NAVADMIN and supporting references. To ensure a fair and consistent process, separation determinations will be centralized under the CCDA as outlined in the paragraphs below.
So I wonder, will the Navy be issuing a Campaign Medal for this is or is this more like the Combined Federal Campaign?
Let's wander deeper into the illusionary world the Admirals appear to live in. Let us recall from the first line of Paragraph 2 above that the Policy being enforced is to maximize readiness. Let's look at how that plays out.
2.b. Tragically, there have been 164 deaths within the Navy family due to COVID-19, far exceeding the combined total of all other health or mishap related injuries and deaths over the same time period.
The other source of some news about this tragicomedy is USNI. In their article they posted:
Sailors must be prepared to execute their mission at all times, in places throughout the world, including where vaccination rates are low and disease transmission is high,” according to the Navy news release issued today. “Immunizations are of paramount importance to protecting the health of the force and the warfighting readiness of the Fleet.While this is true in the main it was never the intent that this was always so because that would be insane. Pregnant women are not deployed to combat zones even in this age of equity after a certain point. People get injured in car crashes, motorcycle accidents, sporting accidents, on leave and a thousand other ways that render them unable to execute their mission at all times. We have grown accustomed to that. It's one of the reasons our warships are sailing around undermanned because people are sick, on leave, at navy schools or detached for really stupid reasons like serving ashore in Iraq or Afganistan on Involuntary Assignments to Army jobs. We had tens of thousands of sailors detached from every possible command and squirted off to the desert to meet some infantile and stupid assignment polcy agreed by dumdums in Washington.
More from USNI as food for thought.
"As of Wednesday, 94 percent of active-duty sailors have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with 99 percent having received the first dose, according to the Navy.
Of the total force, 89 percent is completely vaccinated, while 94 percent have received the first shot.
There have been a total of 83,648 COVID-19 cases within the Navy, including active-duty and civilians, according to the service. Of those cases, 164 resulted in deaths.
There have been 14 active-duty deaths out of 48,231 cases.
There have been more deaths due to COVID-19 than other health or mishap-related injuries and deaths over the same time period, according to NAVADMIN 225/21."
It would be illuminating to see how many sailors and Marines have committed suicide in this timeframe and how many of them have been killed in aviation accidents and other accidents. Disease is part of life and the USN is going to lose thousands of people in unplanned losses at every level if people decide to leave rather than get shot. I see that the worst admirals plan to do for those who refuse is a General discharge under honorable conditions. This will result also in the loss of them all to any Reserve service obligations and how they plan to collect money and benefits paid in the expectations that things would remain the same will be of little interest to me. It is, after all, only money and this is the service that hounded hundreds of naval aviators out of the Navy following the Tailhook 91 debacle. They little know nor care at that level about the personal or personnel costs of their rabid decision making and policies.
Monday, October 11, 2021
Like virtually everywhere else on earth in 1542, this is a slave owning society. In a pre-industrial age, the labor of slaves is an operational necessity. The few black slaves are prisoners of war from North Africa; the bulk of slaves here are Mayan prisoners of war. Remember that although the conquest of Guatemala was officially completed five years ago there are still active Mayan cities holding out in the mountains to the east, and raids and counter-raids are never ending. Do not impose 21st century values. You truly believe the Mayans deserve to be slaves because their refusal to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour means they are obviously minions of the Devil. This does not mean you can’t care about them and treat them kindly (if firmly) as shown by your bringing them salvation through Our Lord. For most Poblados the ratio is one female house slave for every three male field slaves.I happen to think finding the New World was the most significant event in history and all those who think that society is judged solely by its adherence or failure to adhere to modern norms of the white middle class are stupid and ignorant. Just look at the norms espoused by those who despise Columbus and all that came after him. These are the same people practicing infanticide, child slavery, prostitution, sex-trafficking, narcotics dealing and mass murder in the streets of every major democrat run city in North America. Who in the hell cares what they think?
This is a Roman Catholic society. There is no other true religion. Any other religion’s adherents are at best decent but woefully misguided people, and at worst full-blown followers of Satan. Heresy is a real threat to humankind. We are doing God’s manifest will. This is demonstrated by the fact that in the very year Their Catholic Majesties King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella completed the Reconquista, 1492, God revealed his next duty for his Catholic people by having Columbus discover the New World. A world languishing in the total darkness of the Devil: paganism, idolatry, human sacrifice, and cannibalism.
Have a Happy Columbus Day!
Sunday, October 10, 2021
And on that note.....just why have we let China off the hook for inflicting a massive world-wide epidemic on us? Why have we taken no action against China and all their works and kicked them out of civilized society for practicing germ warfare (using a weapon of mass destruction) against the United States et al?
On on that note, why the mandate forcing the unwilling to take a vaccine that NOBODY stands behind with an offer of restitution if the side-effects kill or injure people who suffered themselves to be treated like lab rats for the likes of that foolish imbecile, Fauci?
It goes without saying that I get an enormous kick out of the Southwest Airlines Pilots deciding enough was enough with the crippling mandates and fake labor dictats of the left and simply refusing to fly anymore until the company takes the jab off the table as a condition of continued employment. Control over what one puts into one's body is the very soul of our democracy and way of life.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
"The Senate tradition of unlimited debate has allowed for the use of the filibuster, a loosely defined term for action designed to prolong debate and delay or prevent a vote on a bill, resolution, amendment, or other debatable question. Prior to 1917 the Senate rules did not provide for a way to end debate and force a vote on a measure.That year, the Senate adopted a rule to allow a two-thirds majority to end a filibuster, a procedure known as "cloture." In 1975 the Senate reduced the number of votes required for cloture from two-thirds of senators voting to three-fifths of all senators duly chosen and sworn, or 60 of the 100-member Senate.In the old days it took real no-shit bipartisan support to get a bill through Congress. These days there is no compromise and the weaker side doesn't just get sent to bed without supper, they get the bayonett and maybe, if they're lucky it's a clean kill.
People wonder why there isn't more comity and bipartisanship in the Congress? It's because they keep changing the rules in order to eliminate compromise and then whine about it later. I laughed when that idiot Harry Reid used his little nuclear option on all presidential appointments except the Supreme Court and then watched helplessly as the Republicans under McConnell just blew them out of the water and got all of President Trump's judicial nominees in with simply majority votes. The arrogance of the democrats knows no limits and then they get all outraged and surprised when the rules they changed are used against them.
And yes, they're stupid enough to try it again. OTOH, a few of them must know that the 2022 elections are going to be a wipeout. Still, I think if Manchin and Sinema want to come back they should think about going on vacation right about now. They couldn't find a better spot then one of these:
Monday, October 4, 2021
Friday, October 1, 2021
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
How a nation of 'educated Americans' ever accepted this nonsense is beyond me. See? And now some of you are wondering which bit of nonsense I'm talking about. Is it the Anita Hill BS or the Blasey Ford assault on another Justice with her deranged obvious lies about a past that only exists between her ears and nowhere else? Or, is it the idiocy of letting men use the same facilities as teenage girls just because they feel like it?
Friday, September 24, 2021
Sixty-six percent of college students think shouting down a speaker they disagree with is acceptable to shut down their talk, and another 23 percent believe violence can be used to cancel a speech, according to a wide-scale survey released this week.There is something very wrong with education in this country. This kind of thinking and behavior was never allowed and should never have been allowed. It is pretty clear that it will not stop until administrators and faculty kick these kind of students out of the schools and universities and start again by emphasizing civility. Those that like violence and hating their enemies to death can just stick to antifag and BLM where they like an unfair fight as long as they hold the weapons and outnumber the people they are hating on.
The 2021 College Free Speech Rankings, a follow-up on the first survey in 2020, asked over 37,000 students at 159 top-ranked U.S. colleges and universities to share their views about free speech on campus. Published by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, RealClearEducation and College Pulse, the results show freedom of expression on campus remains a pressing concern. Not only do 66 percent of students say it is acceptable to shout down a speaker to prevent them from speaking on campus, that result is up four percentage points from last year. Another key finding is that nearly one in four students say it’s acceptable to use violence to stop a campus speech — up 5 percent over last year’s survey — with some elite colleges bringing that figure to as high as one in three students accepting of such violence.
Underscoring these findings, more students are keeping their mouths’ shut, even during a year when most campus activities and instruction moved online.
Eighty percent of students reported that they self-censor viewpoints at least some of the time on campus, and another one-fifth of students reported that they do it quite often.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Ministers are desperately trying to persuade the millionaire boss of a US fertiliser firm that produces 60 per cent of the UK's CO2 to restart production.
CF Industries, one of the biggest fertiliser businesses in the world, shut its two plants in Teesside and Cheshire after a large surge in gas prices meant continued production wouldn't be profitable.
"The plants produce 60 per cent of the UK's carbon dioxide with the decision to close them blamed for plunging Britain into a CO2 crisis set to decimate the food industry, leading to animals having to be culled and supermarket shelves being empty."
That's funny right there. The owner shut down production because the idiot government let the price of gas go up just a little bit. really stupid people to destroy an entire national economy over a completely fake manmade fictional tale of woe. It's not just the British policy elite, we got our own morons in government.
"Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is now holding fresh talks with CF Industries millionaire chief executive Tony Will, 55, in an attempt to persuade him to restart production.
Mr Kwarteng says No10 is considering 'temporarily' subsidising the company to get CO2 production back up and is 'very hopeful' a deal can be done soon.
However, he admitted 'it may come at some cost' after Mr Will is thought to have been unconvinced by the government's offers at an initial meeting on Sunday.
News that CF Industries controls so much of the UK's CO2 supply has prompted fury and disbelief from food industry bosses.
Richard Walker, managing director of Iceland, said yesterday: 'The thing that has shocked me is that 60% of [CO2] production is concentrated in two factories which are both owned by a foreign business.
'This is something that's clearly critical to national security - not just food but also healthcare as well. So it seems quite perplexing that it's at the whim of a private enterprise in terms of whether it's profitable or not and therefore whether they produce the stuff or not.'"
If the ministers were serious about getting the business restarted during the cost crisis all they have to do is offer the company energy at exactly the price it was before it went all pear shaped. I can't imagine any businessman turning that kind of offer down and it's fascinating that in this case, as in most others, the national authority can no longer appeal to the patriotism of the business class since they are rarely patriotic these days and with little reason to be so.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Contrast the way the Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan treated "righteous" drone strikes or bombing/strafing runs that killed innocent civilians with how the same commanders treated soldiers, sailors and Marines who killed or injured civilians or even terrorists and you start to wonder at the amazing disconnect with reality suffered by officers wearing stars. They find it perfectly appropriate to torment and court-martial men for alleged misbehavior that might have led to a terrorist getting a fat lip but turn a blind eye to "righteous" killings via air strikes.
It was said that war makes monsters of us all. I heard that quote some years ago on a radio show and it was attributed to one of our bomber crew that flew missions with the 8th Air Force in World War II and dropped thousands of tons of bombs in a "righteous" sort of way on anything that moved in Germany and most of the things that didn't. Nobody on our side was ever charged with killing innocent civilians and if you look at the policy in place at the time, while the 8th Air Force conducted day-light precision bombing and paid dearly for it, the RAF and the Pacific Air Force set out to destroy entire cities and again, nobody was prosecuted because the winners don't have to sit through that kind of peak under the curtain. Only the losers get that treatment. Mind you, the 8th Air Force didn't bomb in daylight out of any concern about civilian casualties, the generals just thought they stood a much better chance of hitting the actual targets of the raids if they could see them.
I have the sense that civilization is coming to an end but not as projected by Fukuyama and not as Huntington proposed in his "Clash of Civilizations." The barbarians without and beyond The Pale are not the ones undermining civilization now, it is our own institutions that have repurposed and dedicated themselves to destroying Western civilization to the point that there can be no clash because Western civilization won't be around to show up for the clash. American civilization used to be bred in the bones of its citizens and I think Norman Rockwell reflected what it was like to be a white American as we entered the Cold War. Almost all of that sense of purpose and history is gone now. Only old people have any idea about civics, history, economics, thrift, industry, decency.
What 9/11 brought about, temporarily, was a return to a unity of purpose. All of that was frittered away and no place reflected that more than NYC as the moguls and politicians waged all out war over the replacement for the World Trade Center. It played out in the public eye and I think everyone was revolted by it. The government actions since then have repelled almost all the people who once believed in government as a positive force. Only fools believe that anymore. Government exists to exert awful pressure on citizens in order to turn them into subjects and criminals. It lets the connected insider elite such as Jamie Gorelick or Hillary Clinton get away with murder and it hastily proclaims that all those who have dirt on people like that commmitted suicide when they're found dead, even the ones in federal custody. And we the people, have let them get away with that.
I see Justice Breyer has resisted strong urgings from democrats that he retire right away and give Biden and his idiot Senate a chance to name a thoroughly corrupt creature of the elite such as our current Attorney General to his place on the Supreme Court. Breyer has so far declined and is not persuaded by the fact that Ginsburg also resisted the clarion howls that she resign on Obama's watch and spitefully died on when Trump was President leaving him to fill that seat on the Court. The democrats figure Breyer won't last as long as Biden and fear that the Republican Senate that comes to office next year will reject Merrick or any other communists from taking a seat on the Court. Breyer is a dead man walking. I expect him to turn up dead any day now from some nagging little cough that turned into Ebola or something worse. At any rate, I'm pretty sure they'll off him with Covid. I wonder how many strange men in coveralls have been seen in the Supreme Court building in the vicinity of the air conditioning system with odd little brief cases stuffed full of live covid virus. If the democrats accidently wipe out the entire Supreme Court it won't be any skin off their noses. They can appoint 9 new tame communists and move on with their plans to further wreck the country without any judicial restraint at all. Not that the Courts have really been known for judicial restraint since Roe v Wade.
It doesn't pay to see things like this when the whole Western world seems hellbent on recreating a fascist dictatorship of massive proportions again. Just looking at Australia turned into an entire nation of sheep over a virus that has a 99% survival rate is amazing. I'm appalled.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Now why would I laugh out loud when I read the news about this? Well, somehow there exists somewhere in America some really clever guy who convinced the powers-that-be in Australia that the U.S. really truly would sell nuclear propulsion technology to another country. The Australians will find themselves out $40 billion dollars on submarine production before some jackass here whips the rug out from under them and tells them they don't have the right clearances to see our nuclear stuff after all. We have proved faithless to all our European allies so it won't come as any surprise to them when this happens but won't the Aussies be surprised.
Another thing I find amusing is the Australian Navy. Right now they can only scrape up enough submariners to crew 3 of their existing 6 submarines. It is really unlikely they'll be able to find many more to crew nuclear powered boats. And then there is the school house that they're going to have to attend here in the U.S. one presumes. It will be interesting to see how we handle giving foreign students U.S. SECRET and TOP SECRET clearances. Not saying it cannot be done, it will just be interesting to see how they contort themselves to do it.
It will also be interesting to see if they throw themselves into designing a new boat or if we simply sell them Virginia class submarines. At any rate, I expect this to be a monumental disaster when all is said and done.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
I have another hypothesis that explains young white men avoiding college and it really has little to do with either of the above reasons. Is it perhaps, I wonder, that they have figured out that there is little to no value in going to college anymore unless one is interested in a STEM degree? Why rack up enormous unforgivable student loans that will take years if not decades to pay off? Perhaps young white males are smarter than the average college student.....
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
"Perhaps the most macabre touch during the long trip was the “casualty pool.” For a five-rand bet, troopers pulled out numbers ranging from 0 percent to 100 percent. On the return trip, half the pot would go to the soldier whose number most closely approximated the percentage of casualties suffered during the operation; the remainder would go to charity.
A hulking farmer’s son in the Iceman’s Support Group, Superior Private Kobus Nicodemus, drew the ticket that equated to 100 percent casualties and observed, “Now I know what they mean by mixed feelings.”"
This came to me as I was looking at a picture of Austin Bay's input to Instapundit.
This then reminds me of a chat I had with the commanding officer of the Naval Brig at Miramar. He was a nice Marine lieutenant colonel who had gone through the same mood swing when he was selected for command. As he said, he thought he'd get an F-18 squadron command as a result. He didn't even know that the brig counted as a command. It does, along the same lines as command of USS Constitution.
Mixed feelings. I'm glad I dodged that bullet. As I came home today from the university I was struck by how the democrats pulled the same trick on the electorate with Biden that they did with Obama. They picked a complete buffoon and imbecile as their VP so the incumbent president would be bullet proof against impeachment. Obama got slow Joe and we got Harris. Isn't it odd how the candidate of fear and trepidation that was to limit attempts to oust Obama has ended up as the figurehead of his party and the country and has found someone even more awful and incompetent to be his #2?
To get rid of Biden we are forced to accept Harris as president.