sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Ghost Busters predicted a sea of slime oozing up from the cracks to essentially 'eat' New York City. It's Hollywood, folks, they got the city wrong but the plot line is apparently right on the money. You can read more HERE
'Treatment of biofilm (gritty slime) is difficult, as there is no known permanent method for removing it, and we have to ensure that any treatment must not do further damage to the soft marble of the memorial nor encourage further growth,' Catherine Dewey, chief of resource management for National Mall and Memorial Parks, told NPS.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Would it help if somebody bought an old hearse or ambulance at auction and mounted a nuclear particle accelerator on it and turned it loose on Washington DC? The mainstream media might ignore it if they think that this sort of thing is progressive. It's difficult for me to predict the actions of progs in this particular situation. 

Democrats all blame George W. Bush for the slime, but it first appeared before his presidency when Hillary was in the White House...the same White House that she's trying to get back to. Could she turn loose an army of flying monkeys to eat the black scum? Is Hillary the original source of the black slime/scum? I have no answers. I only make entreaties and posit questions.

If you see the "gate keeper" running around, let me know where she is...unless she looks like Hillary. Then never mind.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Not in Arizona

California is progressive. Ask anyone. Due to Obamacare, and there's nothing more progressive than Obamacare, health insurance is going up 15% across the board in the state, that is expected to support Hillary.  But can Obamacare survive the next four years?

Part of the promises that are ingrained in Obamacare (besides "you can keep your doctor" ha-ha-ha) is that you can find medical care in your area. But Arizona leads the nation once again because you won't be able to find a single Obamacare provider there in Pinal County in 2017.
(Business Insider) Pinal County, Arizona, right next to Phoenix, was founded in 1875 and is home to roughly 400,000 people. 
It's also the county that Obamacare forgot
After Aetna's announcement that it will roll back 70% of its offerings in public exchanges, Pinal County appears to be the only county in the US with a public exchange but zero insurers offering Affordable Care Act plans in 2017.
The large insurers who lobbied for Obamacare have lost their shirts. The "risk management pools" meant to keep them from losing money failed and they've been losing more than a billion dollars a year between them. As a result the largest insurers are backing out of the markets either entirely or in all but a couple states. Cooperatives that were supposed to shame the insurers into offering lower prices have all but failed. Only a couple still run and they are apparently doomed.

Conservatives can say, "we told you so", but if the progs remain in office, they will need to find a way out of the pit that Barack dug, and single-payer is their way out. The "if you're in a hole, dig deeper" philosophy is a hallmark of progressiveness. Many will say that single payer, where all healthcare, is government healthcare is the answer.

Will the healthcare insurance industry go for a situation where they're all put out of business? They are doubling down for Hillary but it's a risky bet for 20% of the American economy. 

Naturally the socialists wanted the government to take over healthcare and Obamacare was the metaphorical 'frog in the water, being heated'. They can point to its failure as that need to dig the pit deeper and it will be interesting to see how the Republicans can respond. My faith in the Republicans is at a very low ebb. Witness their support for their own presidential candidate. The Trump plan to address the health insurance problem is the only viable option at present.

I pay for my health insurance (and that of part of my family) out-of-pocket, which means that I have not and do not intend to enter the Obamacare exchanges. I simply buy the outrageously expensive insurance and take it on the chin.

But for those who have been forced into Obamacare, particularly those in Pinal County, AZ, they're out of luck. Maybe they can take the bus into Phoenix to see some down-on-his-luck croaker who accepts Obamacare insurance.  If they're veterans, there is always the V. A., where triage consists of deciding how long you have to live and scheduling your procedure for that date plus one month - just to be safe.

The Reliable Candidate

I've heard a number of this blog's readership ask how corporations could support Hillary Clinton. This is why:
(Associated Press) reports more than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president. 
At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

If you need government to act in your personal interests, (or national interests if you're a foreign potentate) the Clintons deliver the goods reliably. Sure, she suffered a brain injury, has the odd seizure and lies to cover up her skulduggery. What is that compared with somebody who completely lacks ethics? It is the very lack of ethics that makes candidate Hillary so appealing.

There are the "I'm ready for Hillary progs", but that's a different subset of her reporters than the corporate donors. Corporate donors give BIG money because they want big favors. It currently costs about $100K to sit down with Barack. These days he's interested in his legacy, so he invites  you to contribute to his foundation. I think that you can get a sit-down with the lame duck for much less than $100K right now because there's not as much as he can do. Sure, he can pardon criminals, and do things like that. He does that as a matter of course with the prisons being emptied of Afro-American crack dealers, but there are still the white collar criminals and kingpins who can benefit from presidential clemency. 

Back when I was in the game, Hillary/Bill charged $10 million for problem solving. Expenses such as a jet ride for Bill, etc. were on top of that number. As president, expect that number to be much higher. There are also the conduits and factotums who provide access who need to be greased, but the numbers are in the five-digit range, depending on who we're talking about.

Naturally, all of her phone and e-mail will be CLASSIFIED as president, precluding its release. Hillary likes classified when it works to her advantage.

Are you ready for Hillary?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Black Belly

Photo (left): Black Belly, a Cheyenne woman. There is some confusion as to the date of the photo, alternately listed as 1905 and 1921. My sense is that it was taken at the earlier date, when photographers rushed to record what was left of the Indians before they were gone. (today they exist as "native Americans",  and they are 'wards of the government', which is something altogether different)

That was also the case with "Arrow Walking" (below), an Indian who had been shot with arrows so many times that the tribe changed his name.

Indian names could change over a lifetime. There was the name you were given at birth, usually a name given when you came of age, and then a name that sometimes came with a great event in your life. I couldn't find any reference to Black Belly's story, but it's all there in her face, isn't it?

Geronimo (Apache), Quanah Parker (Comanche/Scots-Irish) are pictured below in a 1905 photograph. As I understand it, the photo was taken at Ft. Sill, OK, at Parker's house where Geronimo was a house guest.

The days of "The Old West" passed very quickly as the modern age overtook the people who were swept up, and swept aside by it.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


I'd announce a t-shirt design contest, except that would mean that the Grunt of Monte Cristo would go insane with his design skills.

In the absence of a contest, this one may have to do:

Hell or High Water (movie review)

This may or may not count as a Sunday Sermonette.

Overview: Texas brothers--Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his half-Comanche partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham).

As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the Old and New West murderously collide. It has a strong TEXAS theme.

It's dangerous to attend movies that aren't the fifteenth remake of the original film, but I soldiered forward to view/screen the first version of Hell or High Water, without any preconceived notions except that "Rotten Tomatoes" gave it a 98% positive rating. That's almost unheard of.

No spoilers but high marks. 9 out of 10. Go see the film.

The sub rosa message of the film is an interesting one that people who live in rural Texas may understand --- and some of the rest of us as well.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Winter is Coming

There shouldn't be winter anymore with the promise of global warming.  But, even in August, we know that winter is coming. What started as a war against the weather in general is now a war against the winter - or a war for longer and colder winters - I can't seem to get that straight.

Lately people have cautioned me that winter at the White Wolf Mine will be daunting and long. I explained that I'm an hour and a half from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. You remember that place, where Bill Clinton sealed the deal with the Department of Justice to fix Hillary's multiple felonies so that she wouldn't be indicted before she could ascend to the Oval Office? Remember that former President Slick Willy Clinton with his bad heart and all was there to golf in 116 degree heat??? But I digress.

If we win the war against the summer, will snow plows be needed in Phoenix? And if that's the case, shouldn't I do something like invest in snow plows for desert communities across the Southwest? Soros might do that because he's progressive enough to see that coming. Me, not so much. It's a weakness that keeps conservatives like me, poor.

Is white hair natural camouflage during the winter months? I think that it is and if I reference the Game of Thrones, the White Walkers (ice zombies) are white, while the regular humans wear black. I don't know why I mention this other than to state rather weak credentials to survive in the forbidding snow and cold...white hair...White Walker hair. Especially if I walk instead of driving the Raptor.

I've been warning LSP that his winter kit in Hillsboro, TX should include snowmobiles, or snow cats in anticipation of national success, but I don't think that he takes me seriously. I have more confidence in our military's capacity to win the war against the weather and to initiate global cooling than he does - I guess. Will Old NFO flee the ice storms of Texas only to find that the Port of Galveston (his exit route to the equator) is iced over? And what of Adrienne in North Idaho, buried under forty feet of snow, waiting for spring? Will she eat her dog to survive? Or will her dog eat her? Brig can cross the ice bridge between Northern California and Hawaii to hit the beach, so I'm not as worried about her making it.

In other news:

Progressive Rorschach Test
I was just signing some Arizona escrow related documents and they offer the signer two gender choices, MALE or FEMALE. There was no space for other options. In California there are 6 options. New York has 31 options (just as many as ice cream flavors). Arizona -  only two. I telephoned the escrow lady and asked her what I should put down if I'm a cotton-pickin', finger-lickin', chicken plucker. She laughed and said "male"... I think that in New York, that's a category all it's own.

Arizona didn't ask my race either. I guess that they didn't want to pigeon-hole me. Everything in California requires a declaration of racial identity.

Living here in the SoCal progressive heartland, I'm continually bombarded by social justice warriors who are looking to make a name for themselves.
Today’s so-called Social Justice Warrior is not a warrior at all. Merely a zealot. There is no onus on the zealot to hold himself or herself to a higher principle. The only thing a zealot understands, is that (s)he/it is emotionally invested in his/her/it's beliefs above all else, and will use whatever means necessary to harangue, badger, intimidate, coerce, and control other people — so that the zealot gets his/her/it's way. The world is artificially bent to conform to the zealot’s will.
I'm sure that social justice bullies exist in Arizona in the same way as they do in California (likely they moved FROM California to Arizona - sorry Euripides). It's just that they haven't forced their will on state government yet in the same way that they have in California.

Imagine - two genders - male and female. How novel!